Huntress
Spell Eater


4.5
superb

Review

by Gigglesdemon USER (31 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2012 | 17 replies | 3,308 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly robust and entertaining thrashback.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

One day, when I was discussing 2012 metal releases with my (tiny) group of metal friends, the band Christian Mistress came up. I had picked up their album Possession earlier this year and enjoyed it a little, but it didn’t blow me away or anything. Then one of my friends said, “Hey, if you guys liked Christian Mistress, check out Huntress. Their debut comes out soon.” One day, I was a little bored, so I checked out a couple tracks on the good ole YouTube. And friend, I’m sorry to say, you are an idiot. Huntress and Christian Mistress are completely different. The only similarity is the fact that they are female fronted metal bands. And even that little fact is a key difference.

First off, let’s address the obvious question. Is the female vocalist (Jill Janus) actually good, or is it just a gimmick? I will definitively say, no, she is not a gimmick. Her voice is extremely powerful and diverse, ranging from wondrous cleans to harsh, rasping black metal-esque shrieks. Mostly, however, she sounds a little like Mille Petrozza of Kreator fame, a gruff thrashy style, except, you know, more feminine. This works really well with the music, a sort of melodic thrash metal. I definitely feel that Jill’s vocal prowess is a high light of this album, and proves that female fronted metal doesn’t need to be a cheap gimmick or be stuck in the Nightwish/Within Temptation mold. You can make balls to the walls, ass kicking thrash with female vocals too.

Besides the really awesome vocals, the backing instrumentation is really strong. The guitar duo of Ian Alden and Blake Meahl toss out some impressive riffs, some just shredding thrash metal or some more melodic, power metal tinged leads. The track Eight of Swords shows this off excellently, with some really wicked and catchy riffs, and a very fun and melodic solo. And the outro of the song is wonderful. The drumming of Carl Wierzbicky is solid and energetic, really helping to drive the band in great forward momentum. I will say the production on this album really made the drums feel meaty and powerful. Unfortunately, Eric Harris’s bass is nearly completely lost in the mix. While I know this is generally par for the course for power metal and thrash bands, I feel that a more audible bass could aid a really great, powerful foundation for the band to jump off of. The only real exception I heard was the opening of Children, which was very strong and only further proves my point.

The production hear, as mentioned before, is phenomenal. The guitar tone is razor sharp, every note is clear and powerful. As I’ve said, the drums sound meaty and robust, but the bass is lost. Jill Janus’s voice is brought to the front of the mix, and while some may say that it is bad thing, I really love it. It really shows of her versatility and you can hear every nuance of her voice.

From the reaction I’ve seen over the Internet, this is either a love it or hate it album. As you can probably tell from my gushing review, I am firmly in the love it camp. I don’t understand the hate, Jill’s voice is strong, the guitars pump out strong leads and riffs, and the drums are dominating. Can you really ask for more? This is a very over the top and bombastic album, so maybe the cheesiness can be a bit excessive for some people. For me though? This is just what I’ve been asking for.

Pros:
-Jill Janus’s voice
-The guitar duo has some great riffs
-Powerful drumming
-Solid production

Cons:
-Inaudible bass
-Jill’s voice isn’t for everyone
-A little cheesy at times

Recommended Tracks:
Eight of Swords
Spell Eater
Children
Senicide



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Gigglesdemon
May 23rd 2012



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has been one of my most listened to releases from 2012. I suggest everyone check it out. CC welcome as always!

BallsToTheWall
May 23rd 2012



44164 Comments


Band sucks from the 1 song heard but man oh man...the things I would do sexually to Jill Janus. FAPFAPFAP

Gigglesdemon
May 23rd 2012



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As I said, it seems to be very love it or hate it. I have only seen phenomenal reviews or absolutely terrible ones. There is no middle ground for this one.

CaptainDooRight
May 23rd 2012



26549 Comments


checking cuz hot chick[2]

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

Acanthus
May 23rd 2012



9511 Comments


Singer is really big into her pagan roots, makes the album more metal than it would be otherwise.

Digging: Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

Ulsufyring
May 23rd 2012



1725 Comments


i heard 3 seconds of the vocals and gave up. i would have to politely disagree and say they sound
incredibly gimmicky

Gigglesdemon
May 23rd 2012



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eh, to me gimmicky is stuff like The Runaways, Arch Enemy, or Astarte. The only thing significant is the female members because everything else is incrediably mediocre. Here, I find everything to be very solid and well done. Sure, they use her as a promotion tool (who wouldn't?), but the band as a whole sounds incrediably complete unlike the aforementioned bands.

Ulsufyring
May 24th 2012



1725 Comments


That's fair. Okay, gimmicky is the wrong word. I just can't stand her tone whatsoever. :[

Gigglesdemon
May 24th 2012



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can totally understand that. As I said, this is a very love it or hate it album, a lot of because of Jill's voice.

Merkin
May 28th 2012



113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Her voice is awesome!

hatahs
August 10th 2012



131 Comments


band doesnt suck. Eight of Swords! Great track!!!!

BigPleb
January 20th 2014



28812 Comments


This woman vocalist has some SERIOUS chops.

She sounded absolutely amazing at LoG last night, hot as hell too m/

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Brabiz
March 5th 2014



83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ANAL SOOOOOORESSSSSSSSS


Greyvy
March 5th 2014



3109 Comments


they were ok when i seen them

Digging: This Ascension - Light And Shade

Betray
March 17th 2014



707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard this on SiriusXM Liquid Metal yesterday and loved it. Checked out the albums, love them too.

Jill has killer vocal range.

Lowder91bird
March 17th 2014



400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the new album by Huntress. But this album is much better.

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Betray
March 17th 2014



707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is.

Also, I don't think Jill is all that attractive.



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