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Interview with Huntress-Jill Janus

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on 22nd October 2015 by mickbirchy

Huntress recently dropped their new album “Static” and Mick Birchall had a few questions for the vocalist, Jill Janus. Read on as they discuss the new album and production process, heavy metal fans and women in heavy metal.

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Mick: With the release of your new album “Static”, what do you think sets this apart from the previous Huntress albums?
Jill: Static is the heaviest and catchiest Huntress album, it’s also the most personal, lyrically.

Mick: Could you tell us a bit about the production and creative process of “Static”?
Jill: I wanted to write and record one album a year for the first three years since signing with Napalm Records. We keep getting amazing tour opportunities, and this can be difficult with scheduling. We chose to record the album between touring with Arch Enemy and Amon Amarth, and we chose producers Paul Fig and Jim Rota because we wanted a more accessible sound.

Mick: Why was “Flesh” chosen as the single to advertise the album?  Personally I felt that “Noble Savage” was the more effective song on the album.
Jill: “Flesh” was chosen as the first single by every band member, our producers, manager and record label. Everyone agreed this was the first single. It really represents Huntress with dark imagery and sexually driven lyrics. I love “Noble Savage” yet feel “Flesh” makes more sense as a single.

Mick: What do you enjoy most about writing songs?
Jill: It’s cathartic and healing for me. Writing music keeps me out of trouble!

Mick: Why do you think the Huntress fan base, or heavy metal fans in general, are so loyal?
Jill: Heavy metal fans are loyal because we all possess a sadness and darkness that average human beings can’t comprehend. Together we aren’t so lonely.

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Mick: What do you feel is the biggest difference between American/Canadian audiences and the crowds in the UK and Europe?
Jill: Not much is different. I find that people who love metal are very much alike.

Mick: What is your opinion on the rise of women in heavy metal, and not just as vocalists?
Jill: Most women aren’t brutal and they just don’t belong in metal. Many women take the easy route by wearing corsets and singing “easy listening metal” in symphonic metal bands. I’m not a fan of female fronted bands and I feel embarrassed to be a woman in metal sometimes. I do self-loath and I can be very annoying. I understand that women can change the perception of heavy metal, but telling us to stop will only make us want to destroy your world more. That’s the nature of a woman. Just ignore us, you’ll have more luck.

Mick: Do you enjoy any music outside of heavy metal?
Jill: I love ABBA!!!

Mick: What do you personally enjoy outside of playing music and touring, during your downtime?
Jill: Nature and animals bring me so much joy. I like make crystal jewellery on long drives in the tour van. But I really don’t have downtime. Huntress takes all my focus.

Mick: Finally, what is the hardest thing personally you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
Jill: I recently had a hysterectomy to remove cancer from my uterus, I’m still recovering from surgery but I’m now cancer-free. That was brutal. Probably the hardest thing I’ve overcome.
Mick: We at Valkyrian wish you a fast and 100% recovery! Thanks for your time and keep it up!

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Huntress – Starbound Beast

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 7th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Huntress
Starbound Beast
Released 28th June 2013
Traditional Metal/Banshee Metal
Released via Napalm Death

Since the release of Spell Eater in 2012, Huntress have been clawing their way to the top, beating each obstacle that gets in their way. Regarded as one of the hottest new acts of 2012, Huntress have a lot to live up to with Starbound Beast.

Opening up with Enter the Exosphere, a song that contains doom-and-thrashesque guitars, the album is properly kick started by Blood Sisters, a track that is fierce and unrelenting in the vocal work of frontwoman Jill Janus but feels to be lacking that same fierce energy in the instrumentation, for the most part, until Jill’s beast-like growls come into action. I Want To Fuck You To Death might sound like something a horny teenager might write but it’s more of a proper rock n roll anthem, co-written by the master of rock n roll, Lemmy Kilmister. The track is definitely one of Jill Janus’ stronger vocal pieces, and features some catchy riffs provided by the band’s guitarists Blake and Anthony.

The album contains a lot of catchy numbers fuelled by raw aggression and some by melodic guitar passages such as Destroy Your Life which belts out some very Iron Maiden sounding riffs in the beginning before becoming a heavier, melodic piece of metal whilst the title track Starbound Beast takes up the part of being a heavy hittin’ hard rock-inspired song. The drums, as performed by Carl Wierzbicky, feature prominently and loudly throughout the album, carrying the weight of the guitars with ease and providing a solid platform for the bass work of Ian Alden. Alpha Tauri finishes the album in a majestic manner, from blazing guitar sections to melodic riffs and acutely executed drumming, as well as an advance of Jill’s rapaciously hostile vocals.

Starbound Beast has everything a good metal album needs – good vocals, decent riffs and powerful rhythm sections plus memorable lyrics and a couple of tracks that will go down well at parties.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson

Jill Janus and the rest of Huntress hit UK shores next week for Download Festival 2013. They’ll be playing on the Red Bull Studio Stage on Sunday 16th June at 1:55PM.

Huntress online:

http://www.HuntressKills.com
http://facebook.com/HuntressKills
http://twitter.com/HuntressKills

 

Huntress announce new album Starbound Beast

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2nd May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Huntress are back with the follow up to their debut album Spell Eater, which was released in 2012. The album entitled Starbound Beast has been confirmed for release on July 1st in the UK via Napalm Records.

The artwork was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastdon). The band recorded the album at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). In support of Starbound Beast the band will be touring across North America this summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will play Download 2013 in June. More updates with regard to Starbound Beast will be issued soon.

Huntress online:

http://huntresskills.com
http://facebook.com/huntresskills
http://twitter.com/huntresskills