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Widow
Life's Blood
December 2011
Released: Nove, Pure Steel Recods
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Carlos Llanas

Great power metal seems hard to come by these days; specially in the United States. North Carolina's Widow, on the other hand, has captured the true spirit of power metal. With their third album effort "Life's Blood" released on November 11th, 2011, these guys know what they are doing and they are doing it very well.



The cover to this album just plain out fucking rules. A nun half naked and covered in blood is the album art. It looks great and very blasphemous; just how I like it. Nothing says metal like a big breasted nun drenched in red. Ok...now let's get to the juicy stuff...the sound. These guys are a mix of power with a lot of NWOBHM influences. You can hear this clearly on the song "Take Hold of the Night"; The twin leads, the speed, its catchiness, it just sounds great. When I first heard it, I was quite taken. Not many bands have this effect on me, but Widow did with this new release.



Their slower tunes are great too. A good example is the tune "Another Fallen Angel", the tempo sets the mood for a kick ass ballad. The guitar work is great on these slow tempo songs. The mid tempo tracks are also extremely catchy. Songs like "The Burning Ones" and "The One I know" have potential to kick your face in with fast fretting, and talent. I kid you not, these guys are great. I would love to see these metalheads on tour with the likes of "Wolf" and "Twisted Tower Dire". What a killer show that would be.



To sum this all up, if you like your dose of power metal coming at you full throttle, look no further. It is a great buy for the fans of classic NWOBHM with a little kick of POWER. I hope to see these guys live very soon.
Track Listing

1. Lady Twilight
2. In Dreams
3. Take Hold of the Night
4. Another Fallen Angel
5. Embrace it
6. Behind the Light
7. The Burning Ones
8. Live Beyond
9 Judgment Day
10. I Scream for Ice Queen
11. Remembering
12. The one I know

Lineup

Drums: Peter Lemieux
Vocals/Bass: John E. Wooten
Guitars: Chris Bennett

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Widow
Life's Blood
December 2011
Released: 2011, Pure Steel Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

North Carolina’s Widow made quite an impression back in 2007 with their third album, NIGHTLIFE. That album was chock full of ‘80s metal goodness, albeit tainted a bit with unnecessary harsh vocals. Still, the riffs and overt passion for the music were infectious as hell, earning the band many followers. And then...nothing. It’s been a long four years, but Widow are finally back, new album, LIFE’S BLOOD in tow.



One listen to opening salvo “Lady Twilight” confirms that Widow has not lost any of their exuberance, nor their love of all things ‘80s metallic. Indeed, the band is still at their best when careening with barely restrained energy, as seen in just about every song on the album. Sure, they slow it down occasionally, as on “In Dreams” and “Another Fallen Angel”, but even these slight detours are contagious. I’d even go so far as to say there’s not a single song on the album that isn’t enjoyable – the hooks, the twin leads and solos, the sheer craft behind the songs...there’s just something about this band that kicks ass and strikes the right party-loving mood without venturing into irony. I mean, there is absolutely nothing on LIFE’S BLOOD that wasn’t originally done 25 years ago, but damn it all, I love it anyway – maybe nostalgia is creeping in during my old age? Nah, Widow is just that damn good.



Nostalgia or no, I’m fully on board with these guys, and I know I’m not the only one. Despite my enthusiasm for the music, I can’t give it the full 5/5 treatment because I know I have some rose-coloured glasses on when it comes to ‘80s metal, but never mind that – just go and listen to this life-affirming album!
Track Listing

1) Lady Twilight
2) In Dreams
3) Take Hold of the Night
4) Another Fallen Angel
5) Embrace It
6) Behind the Light
7) The Burning Ones
8) Live Beyond
9) Judgement Day
10) I Scream For Ice Queen
11) Remembering
12) The One I Know

Lineup

John E. Wooten IV: Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Cristof Bennett: Guitar
Peter Lemieux: Drums

Other reviews

» Midnight Strikes!
by CrashTest

» On Fire
by MetalChick

» Life\'s Blood
by Carlos Llanas

» Life\'s Blood
by Waspman


Next review: » Widow - Midnight Strikes!
Previous review: » Wicked Wisdom - Wicked Wisdom





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