Legendary progressive-rock group Black Widow first spooked audiences over forty years ago with their occult-themed songs, but faded away just a few years after their debut record Sacrifice. This Halloween, with the release of their new studio album Sleeping With Demons, they're not only back in the spotlight, they're also returning to the creepy concepts that launched their notorious rep back in the day. We've got tons of info on the flipside, including more background on the band and details about the new project from original member Clive Jones, as well as the official music video for the title track... so hit the jump and get down with the devil!
Jones and original bandmate Geoff Griffith broke big as "the original black magic band" back in 1970, and although they've fallen under the long shadow of Black Sabbath (who released their self-titled debut the same year), at the time they were hot enough to tour with prog-rock icons like Yes and Deep Purple. They also caused a bit of a scandal in their native UK, thanks to their blatantly satanic lyrics, diabolical themes, and staged sacrifices of naked women during their live shows. The uproar got so intense that their recordings and performances were reportedly banned by the BBC.
Jones and Griffith joined forces again for Demons, which they say is "packed with anthemic rock songs, huge chants, soaring hooks, and a storyline with a host of new black magic stories to tell." Joining them will be former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin, original Black Widow vocalist Kay Garret and virtuoso keyboardist Paolo "Apollo" Negri.
"I had the idea of writing and producing a new Black Widow album for many years," Jones recalls, "but that's all it remained until I traced Geoff Griffith through one of his later bands, Moving Fingers. I don't think I had seen Geoff for about 30-plus years, so when he came to visit we had a lot to chat about." They were soon reunited with Garret, who provided lead and backing vocals. Jones also revealed that Tony Martin's participation came from "a crazy idea to have a Black Sabbath member guest on a Black Widow album," referring to how both bands were criticized in the '70s for practicing satanism... so the band will be making a little jab at those rumors by giving Martin (pictured below on the right, with Jones) the lead vocal for the track "Hail Satan."
Sleeping With Demons arrives on October 31st, but in the meantime check out the new video for the title track, courtesy of the band's official site (where you can also download the song for free).