Back in the late 60s and early 70s, Black Widow was one of the most prominent bands, experimenting with a mix of progressive rock, psychedelic music and hard rock / heavy metal. The band came to a premature end in the 1970s, but Clive Jones, the only constant in the band, has revived the band, together with Geoff Griffith. The band once caused stirs with occult topics and live onstage sacrifices and were major competitors to Black Sabbath for the throne of dark heavy masters of rock. Unfortunately, just as their star was rising, the band stopped working and they were relegated to cult status.
Black Widow may have enjoyed a reasonably long and defiantly varied career. But to anyone who cares, they will be remembered for just one song, "Come to the Sabbat" – not a hit single, but a standout on a cheapo label compilation in the early '70s, and destined to live on for decades after the band. Naturally, the accompanying Sacrifice album has bounced along in its wake, first as an increasingly expensive vinyl collectors' item, more recently as a regular on the CD reissue circuit, and here it comes again, this time bearing more primal Black Widow than you could ever have dreamed of hearing. Ultimate Sacrifice: One opens, naturally, with the original seven-song album.