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Widow - On Fire - 2005 - Cruz Del Sur Music

Track Listing
1. An American Werewolf In Raleigh
2. The Preacher's Daughter
3. Here To Stay
4. Re-animate Her
5. Sinderella
6. Not Alone
7. Dead End
8. Misstery
9. Family Affair
10. I'll Bury You Alive
"From Paris To London, Now It's In Raleigh"

Raleigh's new wave old schoolers are back, raging and speed racing through ten horror filled tales, all backed by the talent and fury of Widow, who are quite possibly one of the finest new US bands to emerge on the scene in years. This extraordinary group of denim and leather has sprung free of the normal power metal trappings, really taking the traditional tapestry of their sound and mixing in so many other elements. From strong female lead vocals, calculated black metal wails, and a finely tuned NWOBHM vehicle to build on, Widow are off and running with the Devil, burning hot with their new effort "On Fire".

"On Fire" marks the group's sophomore effort, a blazing fury that burns with a power metal sensation. Fans of older bands like Iron Maiden and Saxon as well as newer groups like Wolf and Goddess Of Desire will be ecstatic over this release. This is really a top notch, top tier effort that leaves nothing unturned, really exploring every cavity and crevice of the heavy metal realms. As the fast paced output leaves plenty of room for necks-a-snappin', the gothic and powerful register of combo vocalists Lili and Wooten adds a more dynamic approach to the tried and tied power metal formula. Lili uses her soft register to adore every metal fan, from the slower, more creepy-crawly pace of "Here To Stay" to the more gothic tinged "Not Alone". While she is both soothing and sincere on that end of the spectrum she can display a huge amount of firepower with her up-tempo voice, really hammering home that NWOBHM feel on "An American Werewolf In Raleigh" and "Dead End".

While Lili is doing her damnest to outweigh the heavyweight female vocalists in the metal world, Johnny Wooten takes his shots as the classy extreme showman. With his black metal screams in full force, Wooten backs up Lili with a beauty and the beast soundscape, a building block that really allows for so much vocal experimentation. Along with the extreme effects comes his clean singing voice, a punky feel that really goes back to those early metal days of Warfare and smoother Bathory.

With this sort of voice as the "additional input", Widow comes across as the thinking man's power metal band, or if you will, the traditional, thinking man's extreme act. It could really go either way, which is the great thing about this East Coast megaband. They have the ability to conjure any metal vibe, any metal atmosphere. The group's songwriting is really based on the classical horror realms, with songs like "An American Werewolf In Raleigh" bringing to mind those Lon Chaney "Wolfman" images, or cuts like "Re-Animate Her" recalling vintage Frankenstein. "I'll Bury You Alive" could have been constructed from the works of Poe while "Here To Stay" could be based on a Matheson novel.

From excellent story telling to mature song structuring, Widow are just simply "on fire". These types of albums you remember hearing, you remember the songs, you remember the words. This is catchy, metal fun that few bands can create. With this new release the band should be well on their way to superstardom, possibly fitting in nicely once this new wave of American hardcore goes away in two years.


---EC 08.26.05

About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: WIDOW
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
On FireWidow
2005
Eric Compton9/15/2005


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: WIDOW
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Carved in StoneWidow
2016
Eric Compton9/26/2016


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: WIDOW
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
John Wooten IVWidowEric Compton1/6/2012


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