In May, Huntress will release its debut album, Spell Eater on Napalm Records. The album is a blend of traditional metal mixed with NWOBHM and extreme metal influences. The band’s Facebook page labels its sound as “melodic death thrash”. With the music still waiting in the wings, the Huntress buzz has had more to do with the personality and physical embodiment of vocalist, Jill Janus. The operatically trained vocalist with the four-octave coloratura soprano range has caught the eye of just about everyone in the metal community. Her sexuality and beauty are undeniable, but as she says, like a moth to a flame, that merely draws you in, and then “you’re fucked”.
Janus mated with Los Angeles based underground metal act Professor, and brought in former members of Skeletonwitch and Dark Black to complete the Huntress union. The band’s unique look and sound soon caught the attention of Napalm Records who inked them last fall.
The band is rounded out by lead guitarist Blake Meahl, rhythm guitarist Ian Alden, bassist Eric Harris (ex-Skeletonwitch) and drummer Carl Wierzbicky. Despite Janus’s operatic background, don’t go expecting someone who sings like Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) or Simone Simons (Epica). Her powerful lungs belt out like Doro Pesch possessed.
I recently chatted with Janus as the band returned from a freezing day in the Mojave desert filming a video for the album’s title cut. Before we even got to the meat of the band’s album, Janus had to leave for another appointment, but we’ve agreed to connect again for an in-depth look at Spell Eater. For now though she enlightened us on her own background, the occult, witchcraft, and its impact on the band’s sound , imagery and even her own singing. You can listen below in 2 parts: