Huntress

Singing the Song of the Huntress - A Conversation with Jill Janus

Often in literature, we see references to a person who has a piercing gaze, or is said to 'look right through you.' Never, until I sat down with Jill Janus of Huntress, did I fully understand what that meant. Her eyes are a pure, icy blue, and her gaze is somewhat magnetic. You lock eyes with her and get the impression like she's seeing inside you, watching your spirit. That said, she's also incredibly friendly, very gregarious and extra charming. We had a the following conversation about her band, her personal life including her Wiccan influences and, you know, Lemmy. Read on!
M.DREW: You just released “Starbound Beast.” Why release one album so soon after the first?
JILL JANUS: We’re a very inspired group of people. When you’re that inspired and you already have the songs getting ready to be birthed within you, there’s no reason to wait. We released “Spell Eater” in 20012, “Starbound Beast” in 2013 and we’re going to be releasing a third one in 2014. It’s like a trilogy, it’s all been planned since the very beginning, like maiden, mother and crone.

Album Review: Huntress - Starbound Beast

Female fronted metal bands are, sadly, lumped into two categories; those who treat their singer as a gimmick, and those who provide operatic qualities men can't manage on their own. It's a gross over-simplification, but a large swath of the bands do fall into those categories. What is most disappointing is how little room there is in the current scene for a band to play classic heavy metal with a female voice. There are a few bands doing it, but none muster a fraction of the attention even second-rate male dominated bands lay claim to.

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