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Huntress – Starbound Beast

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 7th June 2013 by Nico 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:

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