Black Cross - Widows Bloody Widows (Cover Artwork)

Black Cross

Black Cross: Widows Bloody WidowsWidows Bloody Widows (2004)
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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To be fair, I hate B-sides/ compilation / greatest hits albums. Usually you're stuck with crap that wasn't good enough to make it on regular CDs, and since the material is from all over, the production value varies lots (and this ANNOYS THE FUCK OUT OF ME). That being said, this album is a collect.
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To be fair, I hate B-sides/ compilation / greatest hits albums. Usually you're stuck with crap that wasn't good enough to make it on regular CDs, and since the material is from all over, the production value varies lots (and this ANNOYS THE FUCK OUT OF ME). That being said, this album is a collection of unreleased material from Black Cross when they were still called Black Widows, hence the album title. THAT being said, this album rips. Completely knocks my socks off. The production stays fairly consistent throughout the entire album. Oops, I forgot to say what it sounds like.

Black Cross plays hardcore-punk in the way of Black Flag or a less technical version of modern day hardcore-punk heroes (at least in my opinion) Akimbo. It's simple, it's 4-8 chords per song, it's loud, it's fast, it's short (the longest song is 2:30). It's great. These are all old B-sides and the like, but the songs still flow together with even a little bit of overflow into the next song. And it will eat your face.

While this album totally rocks, it's hard to pick out the best songs. Since they're all so short, the album sort of just feels like a 24 minute, 21 second song with a lot of tempo changes. Which brings up another point. The reason that this band is able to captivate me so is the amount of tempo changes it has interwoven in their 1-2 minute songs. It's like being slapped with a fat herring (what's with all the fish references?) when you least expect it.

When it's all over, you want to listen to it more. And then another time. And then maybe listen to something else. But in a few more days, you'll listen to it again. And again. Definitely worth the purchase, and I know this CD has made me want to get their other stuff. Go listen to it. Do it. Or I'll slap you like a bitch. Because that's what Black Cross would have me do.


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Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

This is a GREAT cd.

Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

Wow, Jesse. You're as oblivious to math rock as I am to hip-hop. Math rock has nothing to do with prog.

Math rock is basically rock and roll with jazz timed tempo changes. Blood Brothers are math rock, hardcore math rock.

Just like BB, Akimbo take the tempo changes of math rock and do it harder, thusly they are hardcore math rock, just as Black Flag were a hardcore punk band.


Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

tempo changes short songs? i guess..but its still pretty boring i mean come charles bronsons "youth attack" came out 7 fucking years ok...i mean christt man it hasn't gotten any better

Jesse (May 31, 2004)

No. That's just wrong. Yes (the band) is math rock.

Akibmo is hardcore punk with inventiveness and a technical aspect, but is in no way math rock.

Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

Techy math rock that sounds nothing like these guys.


Jesse (May 31, 2004)

See: Akimbo reviews on www.punknews.org

It's sort of a little joke, since I'm the only one who's done Akimbo reviews on this site and hold them to high esteem.

Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

this band is awesome. not all the songs were b-sides, though, some were just meant for 7" singles. regardless, everything theyve done is excellent.

who the fuck is akimbo? neither me or anyone i know has ever heard of these so called "heroes"

BSD (May 30, 2004)

Yes, I did. I'm messing up names on this board recently.

Straight from the underground.

soulbleed (May 30, 2004)

black cross rules.

Anonymous (May 29, 2004)

if it has the whole EP, i might not buy it. the EP is sweet (probably better than the f ull length), but it's not worth paying full price for a cd when i have 58.33% of it already.

Jesse (May 29, 2004)

You meant NWA, right?

BSD (May 29, 2004)

More like, TWA: Straight Out of Compton.

Anonymous (May 29, 2004)

i love black cross. people should also check out The National Acrobat: TNA Recordings. that collection is sweet too.


inagreendase (May 28, 2004)

especially when the production value varies lots (and this ANNOYS THE FUCK OUT OF ME).


dazed (May 28, 2004)

Yeah, this has all the songs from the EP. I really like this band, they're like an even better version of By The Grace Of God who fucking ripped in their own right.

Anonymous (May 28, 2004)

does that include all the songs from the stops a beating heart EP (the song titles escape me right now, so i can't check)?

Jesse (May 28, 2004)

1.Roll Up Your Sleeves
2. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
3. House of Light
4. A Feast of Snakes
5. Name Me No One
6. Black Sheep
7. Answers to A .45
8. Selling Point
9. The Bean & Those Like Him In New York
10. 11:59 Answering the Call
11. It Gets Dark So Early
12. Peking Dub

Anonymous (May 28, 2004)

what songs are on this?

p.s. black cross rules.

BSD (May 28, 2004)

Yeah but you're bi!

Jesse (May 28, 2004)

Don't think I don't know that. I'm just disproving your point of powerchords only count as one chord. So HA!

BSD (May 28, 2004)

I guess if you're playing rock. But the movements are the same. It's the simplest form of guitar playing. You can still play real chords, but really, actual chords don't sound good with oldschool hardcore.

Jesse (May 28, 2004)

That's dumb. Each powerchord is the basic for a "regular" chord. You can't even play a lot of chords without them being powerchords on the guitar.

BSD (May 28, 2004)

I only count powerchords as one chord, so this band probably uses 1-3 chords per song, if more than one.

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