Huntress – “Starbound Beast” (2013)

Label: Napalm Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Ever since the California based melodic metal band Huntress released their debut album, “Spell Eater” the band has made quite a name for themselves, in large part due to their debut, but they have also been gaining a reputation for being a great live band. The band returns with their second album entitled “Starbound Beast” and while it may not be a radical departure from their debut, it is still packed with 10-songs and 48-minutes worth of ferocious material and follows the basic template set by their debut.

Opening with the intro “Enter the Exosphere” the band launches into the raucous “Blood Sisters”. Throughout the course of the album the band knows only one direction and that is straight ahead metal. Lead vocalist Jill Janus is still the main focal point and her throaty vocals pack a huge presence. Musically there is some cool duel lead guitar (ala Iron Maiden) work being performed by the excellent team of Blake Meahl and Anthony Crocamo. The song that is sure to garner a lot of attention due to the title is “I Want to Fuck You to Death” which was co-written with the one and only Lemmy Kilmister (from Motorhead, of course). Songs like “Destroy Your Life”, “Starbound Beast” and “Zenith” is all very strong and has a take-no-prisoners approach. “Zenith” in particular is huge and one of my favorite songs the band has ever recorded. With “Starbound Beast”, Huntress has delivered upon the promise shown on their debut. This is pure metal at its finest, purely.

Rating – 75/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Enter the Exosphere
  2. Blood Sisters
  3. I Want to Fuck You to Death
  4. Destroy Your Life
  5. Starbound Beast
  6. Zenith
  7. Oracle
  8. Receiver
  9. Spectra Spectral
  10. Alpha Tauri

 

Line Up

  • Jill Janus – Vocals
  • Blake Meahl – Lead Guitar
  • Anthony Crocamo – Lead Guitar
  • Ian Alden – Bass
  • Carl Wierzbicky – Drums

 

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