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BLACK WIDOW III

Black Widow

 

Heavy Prog

3.50 | 36 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I quite liked the first two albums from Black Widow. More their debut one, thanks to great lyrics and special mood but the follow-up was not bad either.

When you discover the great opener The Battle you can only be re-assured that the band is still on the good track and develops their great not so heavy (and progressive as well) music as they have always done. It is a highlight of their work, not only from this album.

Most songs are on the good mood, even if the grandeur of the debut is maybe missing. Still, even a short number as Accident is quite strong in terms of beat and melody. Some good old psychedelia is also available with Lonely Man. Huge organ play combined with a sweet flute part are so nice ingredients. The crescendo build is also extremely well crafted. But I am just a lover of this type of song construction.

It is really a shame that commercial success was not on the rendezvous for Black Widow. Only a small database of fans followed them and it lead to the disbanding of the band after this good album (but they will re-unite much later on).

I highly appreciate such music. Of course, a mellow song as The Sun is on the gentle side of their work. Not expected and not really great, I must say. The band is investigating the same sort of atmosphere with King Of Hearts for a while. But at least it kicks on very nicely after a while and this dual aspect is very much of my liking. Another very good song from this album.

The band reverts to some more traditional inspiration with the closing Old Man. Even if the funky feeling prevails, the organ play combined with fine piano make this song to be much more pleasant as it ought to be.

In all, this is a pleasant album (as their previous ones were as well). A solid three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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