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30th September 2011

black widow

Black Widow, the ground breaking, occult, orgiastic progressive hard rock group who were banned by the BBC and besieged by religious nutters when they originally emerged in 1970, return to the Sabbat in 2011 with a brand new studio album, 'Sleeping With Demons' released on October 31st, distributed by Cargo Records.

'Sleeping With Demons', which marks a massive return to the black magic roots Black Widow know so well, is packed with anthemic rock songs, huge chants, soaring hooks, and a story line with a host of new black magic stories to tell. Written, performed, and produced by Clive Jones and Geoff Griffith, 'Sleeping With Demons' also features special guests Tony Martin (lead singer with Black Sabbath from 1987 to 1997), Kay Garret and Paolo 'Apollo' Negri.

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Black Widow took the world by storm in the 1970s. Hailed as the 'original' black magic band, they rivalled Black Sabbath, were billed with Deep Purple and Yes, and played at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1971, where their set featured 'Come To The Sabbat', the rock anthem from their debut album 'Sacrifice'.

The band's concerts, which featured the mock sacrifice of a nude woman every night on stage, were picketed by religious fanatics, who would preach at the waiting queues warning of the inherent dangers of witchcraft and Black Widow. But by 1973 the band had imploded and gone their own distinctly separate ways.

Recalling how 'Sleeping With Demons' came about, Clive Jones notes; "I had the idea of writing and producing a new Black Widow album for many years, 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+ years so when he came to visit we had a lot to chat about; Geoff had the same idea, and the really good part was that Geoff had his own studio in Thailand - Clear Blue Sky Studios.

I first recruited a fantastic keyboard player, Paolo 'Apollo' Negri from the band Wicked Minds in Italy who were signed to the Black Widow Records label. The label was nothing to do with us - they just loved the band and had used our name.

"I then asked Kay Garret from the original band if she would like to help out; Kay had not been in the studio for many years but she was keen to help with lead and backing vocals - I wrote a blues song for her that she loved and that showed off her unique style - 'Even The Devil Gets The Blues'.

"In the very early days we had been friendly rivals with Black Sabbath - we even shared the same manager for a few years - and the press were always talking about both bands being involved with black magic (something Black Sabbath had always denied). So I thought wouldn't it be a crazy idea to have a Black Sabbath member guest on a Black Widow Album?

"I contacted Tony Martin, lead singer for 10 years with Black Sabbath, from a website and to my surprise he came over to see me. We spent a most entertaining day together swopping 'Black' stories. I played Tony a demo of the album and he said he would love to guest if we found the right song.

"Tony chose to swap vocals with myself on the 'Come To The Sabbat' styled 'Hail Satan'. It's taken many years to complete and lots of tears and wine but at last after 40+ years Black Widow are back. Turn the lights out, the volume up, and enjoy!"



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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