“ONE BIG CITY” FROM THE ALBUM “THE CLOSEST PLACE” BY “ALIEN GREY”
GEOFF’S SOLO PROJECT.
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A PARANORMAL PROG ROCK MIX OF GHOSTS, GHOULS, ALIENS,
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012
Black Widow: Sleeping with Demons (2011)
Reviewed by Anthony Servante
THE TRADITION OF HORROR RETURNS
Black Widow, the Black Magic arts Rock band, has returned to its mystical roots in its new CD Sleeping with Demons (2011). Back in 1970, bad publicity regarding the band’s “live sacrifice” of a nude woman on stage and the Satanic overtones, lyrics and LP cover, led to the group’s second LP having no title. To fans it simply became known as BW’s second album. Without the Satanic drive to meld the band members in harmony, they instead became a band in contention.
But thanks to original members Clive Jones (Saxophone, Flute) and Geoff Griffith (bass), the new CD picks up where the first LP left off, echoing the sound and themes abandoned by the band after the successful first LP, Black Widow Sacrifice (1970). The band turned to political activism and protest songs in their second Self-Titled LP and their third LP, Black Widow III. The group disbanded as the choice of music became a point of discord.
Clive Jones continued the theatrics of the live Black Widow show in his own band, Agony Bag, and reflected the darker themes of his former group in his new music.
With Clive’s return to Black Widow, along with Geoff Griffith, Sleeping with Demons takes on the black arts without reservation. Tony Martin of Black Sabbath delivers some strong vocals on Hail Satan, which echoes the 1970 Come to the Sabbat from the first LP. The songs range from celebratory, as in Partytime for Demons, to bluesy as Kay Garret, BW’s original vocalist back in the Pesky Gee days, has a cameo vocal on Even the Devil Gets the Blues. All in all, a worthy follow-up for Black Widow fans. Makes one look forward to what the next LP will bring.
My hat’s off to Clive and Geoff for finally bringing out the LP that fans have been waiting for over 40 years! The true follow-up to BW Sacrifice, Sleeping with Demons is indeed Black Widow II, the missing LP.
Today the band are discussed in a feature article in The Guardian that is the subject of the front page picture for 25th November. The article is shared with Ghost, both champions of Occult Rock. Clive and Geoff are thrilled with the reception of the new album so far and they will release a Christmas single which will be given free to fans (sign up now!) before it is offered for sale through the usual download outlets.
Click here to access the article in The Guardian.
Geoff and I are so thrilled by the kind responses that we have seen so far to our new album ‘Sleeping With Demons’, keep the reviews coming guys – we read every one.
First I got to thank all of the fans and friends of the band who have helped us to get this far, you are amazing guys, without you it would never have happened.
And now we have one great place where we can share with you the amazing world of Black Widow, we’re back!, and remember folks if you need to confess your sins, slaughter your daughter or raise hell, I’m here, I am always here!