Black Widow – “Sleeping With Demons”

Black Widow
“Sleeping With Demons”
(Smack Management)

HOLY SHIT – who needs Spinal Tap when you’ve got the real deal in Black Widow LOL? This is simply frightening – not even Beelzebub could conjure this unholy concoction! Originally formed in 1966 as Pesky Gee! (big clue in that name), following their name change and adoption of an occult image involving mock stage sacrifices, Black Widow went onto infamy be it from being banned by the BBC or besieged by religious fanatics who would preach at the waiting queues warning of the inherent dangers of witchcraft and the band LOL! Despite all this, Black Widow took the rock world by storm in the 1970’s. Hailed as the ‘original’ black magic band, they rivaled Black Sabbath, were billed with Deep Purple and Yes, and played at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1971! However, just 2 years later it was all over. Since then there have been the usual reissues but “Sleeping With Demons” is a full blown unholy return – even featuring original vocalist Kay Garrett. Even worse, they have managed to enlist the services of arch conspirator Tony Martin on opener ‘Hail Satan’, which is a cheesy mixture of 70s folk, pan pipes, and groovy hippy choruses of ‘…hail hail Satan, demon god, drink my blood..’ conjuring him to appear, but guaranteeing quite the opposite as the disco folk of ‘That’s When Evil Touched Me’ sends you up the wall. And it only gets worse: even the comparatively tame blues rock of ‘Even The Devil Gets The Blues’ gives you no respite with lyrics like ‘… the man in the moon won’t come out n play…those devil children will turn out gay..’ LOL! To be fair, the band have faithfully recreated their 70s bad trip to a letter on the 15 tracks herein, but man, have these people been tripping on bad acid for the last 4 decades, locked in their cottages in deepest England watching 70s reruns of Dr Who and the Goodies, cos that’s what it sure feels like? If I had any vestige of empathy it was utterly erased by the total tick toc insanity of the funk rock of ‘Evil Clock’ complete with demented bonging from Big Ben off News At Ten!!! Stay well clear.

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