|Review: Widow - Nightlife|
Label: Cruz Del Sur
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 10, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Widow are a cool US band who have been generating some buzz in the underground. Until recently they had a chick singer, but she has apparently left the fold, and they now feature a male vocalist. This is their third album, and it's a good slice of old-fashioned metal fun.
Widow are of that school where they mix in classic metal sounds with a flourish or two of 70's hard rock guitar stylings, and this time they also throw in some rather bad Children of Boredom-ish harsh vocals. I'm not opposed to this kind of thing in principle, but these are just not done well, and they don't complement the music at all, sounding more hardcore than cool. Other than that, the songwriting is solid on this album, with good riffs and some classy leads. The vocals are solid, if unspectacular, and they get you there, but this band could use a better singer. The songs range from killer slabs of metal killing like "Beware The Night" and "I'll Make You A Star" to sillier songs like "Teacher's Pet". The lyrics are not terrible serious a lot of the time, but the songs rock.
Fans of classic late '70s and early '80s metal will dig this, and Widow continue to flash great potential. I'd advise them to ditch the screams, but otherwise this is a fun album.
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