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White Widdow - 2010 White Widdow

ARTIST: White Widdow
ALBUM: White Widdow
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Julez 'Mephisto' Millis - lead vocals * Enzo Almanzi - guitars, vocals * Trent Wilson - bass, vocals * Xavier 'Mephisto' Millis - keyboards, vocals * Jim Naish - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Shoukai (Intro) * 02 Tokyo Rain * 03 Broken Hearts Won't Last Forever * 04 We've Got The Wings * 05 Cross To Bare * 06 Don't Fail Me Now * 07 Spirit Of Fire * 08 Shadows Of Love * 09 One More Day * 10 Change Of Passion * 11 Fire And Ice


WEBLINKS: www.whitewiddow.com.au

It took us awhile to get around to this album, but inevitably we did. Melbourne's White Widdow are gaining a load of new friends over in Europe. A much harder task in their home city, where Aussie Rules (AFL) is a religion (particularly in their home suburb of St Kilda) and AOR is unknown. Not to forget though that the city has graced us with the likes of the Southern Sons, Roxus, Among Thieves, Black Majesty and everyone's cult favourites from the 80's De Arrow. So it's not all bad news. White Widdow were formed in 2008, with the membership coming from non-AOR bands. However, it would be fair to say that Julez Millis, despite playing/singing in glam rock bands, is a huge fan of the AOR sub-genre, and he has named some classic acts such as White Sister and Giuffria among others as being personally inspiring to him. We caught hold of the 2009 freebie demo they put up on their website last year, and reviewed it accordingly. The three tracks on that offering appear on this, their debut CD, released by Georg Siegl and his AOR Heaven label out of Germany.

The Songs
Mixed by Escape Music's in-house engineer/mixer Martin Kronlund up in Sweden, the band deliver on their promise of bombastic melodic rock; heavy on the guitars and the keyboards. The intro pair of 'Shoukai/Tokyo Rain' is a strong showing but things start firing up on the anthemic 'Broken Hearts Won't Last Forever', a choice cut of fillet rock if ever there was one. I love the way these boys sing the gang-chants, very much like Danger Danger in places. The De Arrow mention earlier is reinforced by the appearance of their classic 1988 cult track 'We've Got The Wings (To Fly)' on this album. Of course I'm biased as to which version I prefer, but I think I have to side with Noel Hart and Dragan Stanic's mob.. lol! Xavier Millis drives his keyboards hard for 'Cross To Bare', and it's clear to me by now that White Widdow are going to reinvent muscular keyboard oriented AOR alongside Brother Firetribe judging by what I've heard so far. 'Don't Fail Me Now' falls into the semi-ballad I would think, not quite rockin' enough but still powerful, and as for the guitar solo from Enzo, 30 seconds of six-string mayhem.. wow bloody wow! More keyboard wizardry opens up 'Spirit Of Fire' like a can-opener, a tough sounding tune (especially on the chorus where they sound like Brother Firetribe) with keys and guitars equally dominant in the mix. 'Shadows Of Love' is a slowburner, unlike 'One More Day' and 'Change Of Passion', both tremendous treats of music with huge slabs of keyboards taking center-stage. Finishing up with 'Fire And Ice', I would say things tend toward the hotter end of the scale, with more melodic mayhem delivered to crispy and crunchy perfection.

In Summary
The album was released toward the back-end of 2010, and received many good reviews. Great to finally see an Aussie band getting noticed where it matters most, and that is in Europe. White Widdow followed this up with the rather awesome second full album 'Serenade', and will be appearing in the 2011 edition of Firefest. Go out and see them, I'm sure they will stun with their brand of AOR/melodic rock.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on February 14 2012 04:29:54
Excellent debut from these guys. I got this after I had bought 'Serenade', and this wasn't nearly the dropoff that I expected after everyone had raved about how 'Serenade' was even better. The production is not quite as strong (but hardly bad), but I think the songs are just as good. The only quibble is that Almanzi tends to be a little more technical than necessary on some of his solos. I have moved this to second (behind Treat) on my best of 2010 list.
#2 | swazi on February 14 2012 08:57:37
Definitely a 9/10 from me as well. Really excellent! As a matter of fact I don't quite agree with a number of people who are saying that "Serenade" is the much better release. No, I don't hear that.
#3 | gdazegod on January 01 2014 03:08:56
Thought I better add this one. I am hopeful that 2014 will see a new White Widdow album. Should ask Julez what the update is..
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