Huntress

Live at The House of Blues

Hollywood, California

November 11th, 2014

Review and Photos by Travis Baumann

Huntress return to their home stalking grounds of Southern California, touring as opening act for Arch Enemy and Kreator; filling out a kick ass lineup to say the least.

Since I saw them last the band has put out their second full length album, "Starbound Beast" and also had a few roster changes in support personnel but still at the front is the witch woman with the starbound destiny, Jill Janus.

She took the stage with spiky, horn protrusions from her shoulders, blackened fingers, and a set of metallic black teeth inserts to give her a nice black magic edge.

Her lithe form, bound in a black stretch body suit, moved around the stage as she pointed and gestured her magical incantations as she sang.

She would stop in the center of stage where a wind machine would sweep her hair up around her as if charged with otherworldly energy. Theatrically it lent a great stage presence and made the already entertaining performance that much more so.

They opened with the title track from their debut album, "Spell Eater" which still remains one of my favorite songs from them.

Jill is a trained opera singer but has left that style of music for a much grittier, dark metal snarl. She has quite a range vocally and while the majority of her vocals are snarling heavy metal tones of anthemic proportions she will go from outright ear shattering screams to melodic interludes as well but then brings it back down to her primary delivery.

They did "Destroy Your Life" off of their latest release and then did a couple of new songs (or ones from their earlier unreleased recordings) which was cool. They did "Harsh Times On Planet Stoked" followed by "Black Tongue" which Jill introduced by slamming a big glass of Jagermeister and sticking her tainted tongue out. I hope these two songs will be featured on their third album when they are ready to release it, I especially liked "Black Tongue" and look forward to hearing again.

They followed up with "Zenith" from the latest release for which they won a Golden God award for the video.

Also from "Starbound Beast" they did "I Want To Fuck You To Death" which apparently was co-written by Lemmy from Motorhead. Strangely this is my least favorite song from them but it was still good live, especially seeing her sing it in person.

I wish they would have done "Blood Sisters" as that is my favorite song off the latest album or at least the title track as that is a great witchy anthem as well but being the opening act, their playing time was limited and the set was drawing to a close.

Luckily they saved one of my favorite songs for the finale, the song that got me into them in the first place, "Eight of Swords". This song is an epic blast of metal with killer chorus and lyrics, "Let the witches in!"

I really love Huntress and each time I see them live they continue to expand their theatrical impact and build their song catalog. I can't wait until I get to see them in a headlining position so that they can do more material as this just wasn't enough.

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