Widows Bloody Widows

Black Cross

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Widows Bloody Widows Review

by Jason MacNeil

Members of the National Acrobat are part of this ensemble, and their approach to rock falls in line with the likes of At the Drive-In and Sparta. The brothers Ryan Patterson and Evan Patterson bring "Roll Up Your Sleeves" to a hard-charging start that is relentless in its intensity and general rock smarts. A punk style takes "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" to another level, although rhythm section and singer Rob Pennington's vocals appear to be taken from that of a juiced-up Iron Maiden or some other early-'80s metal band. A brooding nu metal 1"House of Light" doesn't hit the mark though, sounding far too over-the-top with its guitars and faux sense of angst. "A Feast of Snakes" recalls early Rancid as its hard punk nature hints a little at old-time metal à la Motörhead within its 45 seconds. The boogie nature of a few tunes brings out the album's sleeper picks, especially the rowdy "Name Me No One," which sounds like they're begging to get out of a garage studio. They hit all cylinders on the snarling "Black Sheep" that is pure, ragged bliss and energy, or a hardcore version of the Mooney Suzuki mixed with AC/DC's signature guitar riffs. What stands out from the pack is the hard and gritty drumming that starts "The Bean & Those Like Him in New York," which starts slow but builds into a quality punk-meets-rock number. Even on "11:59 Answering the Call" can you see legends like Black Sabbath in their style, especially on the closing verse. One miscue though is the experimental "Peking Dub," a horrid tune that appears to be a Jane's Addiction or Porno for Pyros outtake at the absolute best.

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