Widow - _Midnight Strikes_
(Tribunal Records, 2003)
by: Adrian Magers (
Widow are definitely a band that lets its influences show. Inspired by the greats, including but not limited to Maiden, Priest, and King Diamond. Unfortunately this makes Widow sound pretty much like a retro band. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it somewhat puts a ceiling over the band. Due to a lack of originality Widow probably won't become legends of their genre. Other than a few modern touches here and there, Widow sound more or less like a generic tribute band to '80s metal. However, the playing is excellent and passion is definitely there, making the four-piece a good band to listen to in small spurts. The songs are very well-constructed, sound quality is impeccable and the fact that a lot of effort and labor went into this project is evident. Aside from a dated sound, my sole complaint are weak lead vocals. In my opinion it would behoove Widow to either focus more on the backing aggressive voice, and/or add more power to strengthen the more melodic vocals. Bottom line, if you're looking for some very well-done, hook-filled '80s Euro-metal; Widow is your band.
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