BLACK WIDOW

Proto-Metal / Hard Rock • United Kingdom
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The band first performed under the name Pesky Gee! with the members, Kay Garrett(lead vocals), Kip Trevor(vocals, guitars, harmonica), Zoot Taylor(keyboards), Clive Jones(woodwinds), Bob Bonds(bass), and Clive Box(drums, piano) and released one album on the Pye label. titled, Exclamation Mark in 1969. Garrett left the band and enter Jim Gannon(vocals, guitars, vibraphone) and the band morped into Black Widow.

Thier debut album, Sacrifice was released in 1970 with references of the occult lyrically and thier live theatrical stage act that included a mocked sacrifice of a nude woman and thier musical style that of a hard progressive/psych/folk with a somewhat of a gloom ambience but nothing like Sabbath' s/t debut. Often mistakingly confused and compared to Black Sabbath at the time the band did stir a controversy for short peroid of time and the album reached #32 in the top 40 in the UK.

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BLACK WIDOW Sacrifice album cover 3.21 | 6 ratings
Sacrifice
Proto-Metal 1970
BLACK WIDOW Black Widow album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Black Widow
Proto-Metal 1971
BLACK WIDOW Black Widow III album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Black Widow III
Hard Rock 1972
BLACK WIDOW Black Widow IV album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Black Widow IV
Proto-Metal 1997
BLACK WIDOW Return to the Sabbat album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Return to the Sabbat
Proto-Metal 1999

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BLACK WIDOW Demons Of The Night Gather To See Black Widow Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demons Of The Night Gather To See Black Widow Live
Proto-Metal 2008

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BLACK WIDOW Come to the Sabbat: The Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Come to the Sabbat: The Anthology
Proto-Metal 2003
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Come To The Sabbat - The Singles Collection
Proto-Metal 2006
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Orange Collection
Proto-Metal 2008

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Come To The Sabbat / Way To Power
Proto-Metal 1970
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Wish You Would / Accident
Proto-Metal 1971

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BLACK WIDOW Sacrifice

Album · 1970 · Proto-Metal
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Warthur
Black Widow's Sacrifice offers a potent and sinister concept but trips over in the delivery - in particular, the band are actually quite bad when it comes to maintaining the spooky atmosphere they are aiming for, with ill-judged attempts to sound sensual (Seduction, which just comes off as sleazy) and overlong, repetitive compositions sabotaging their efforts. Return to the Sabbat, which collects the demo version of the album, manages to deliver a superior experience simply by keeping it sinister and lo-fi. (Even the refrain of Come To the Sabbat, which I find excessively repetitive and irritating here, somehow manages to work better in the context of the demos.)

BLACK WIDOW Return to the Sabbat

Album · 1999 · Proto-Metal
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Warthur
I've always previously found Black Widow to be an album I just didn't "get", but these original demo tapes for Black Widow's debut album have won me over. With Kay Garret - lead vocalist from the band's previous incarnation as Pesky Gee - still around to provide female vocals, the theatrical intention of the conceptual song sequence is teased out more effectively (it really does help to have different people singing the different parts in this case), and whilst the sound quality isn't pristine, it's actually pretty solid for 1960s demo material. If nothing else, I can see why the likes of Blood Ceremony look to Black Widow for inspiration, and it's inspired me to take another look at their discography.

BLACK WIDOW Sacrifice

Album · 1970 · Proto-Metal
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I wouldn't call this metal, but the occult nature of this album is probably why this might be thought of as "black metal" but in reality, it's about as metal as Jethro Tull. In fact the music isn't too far off from Tull territory, especially from the flute playing. But unlike Tull, the group also used a saxophone (Clive Jones is responsible for all wind instruments here). The music is basically early '70s organ/sax/flute driven prog rock with Satanic themes in the songs. I find it an enjoyable album, but in mixed company I would not dare play this. "In Ancient Ways" is a nice opening piece, with acoustic guitars and sax. I really like the organ work from Zoot Taylor. "Come to the Sabbat" features some cool drum beats, plus that chant that goes, "Come, come, come to the Sabbath, come to the Sabbat, Satan's there". There's some orchestration that reminds me of David Palmer's orchestrations in Jethro Tull. I like that bolero beat in "Conjuration", while "Attack of the Demon" is another favorite of mine, about a sorcerer who is doomed to hell. The title track is the lengthiest piece on the album which includes some nice jazzy passages.

The content and their stage shows were a source of controversy, including a mock sacrifice. Many Christian priests tried to woo kids away from attending their concerts. I am a proud owner of Demons of the Night Gather to See Black Widow Live, which includes a bonus DVD from a 1970 German TV broadcast (I am really surprised German TV would air something as controversial as that in 1970), so I get to see what all the controversy is about. This controversy caused the band to drop their occult image, so none of their following albums have any Satanic themes.

So warning: it's not heavy, don't expect something on the lines of Black Sabbath, but if you like early British prog, you'll probably have no problem with it.

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