On September 25th, Huntress will be releasing their latest offering “Static”. Following the success of Starbound Beast, Static brings back everything you love about Huntress, and a bit more. Amazonian, breathtaking singer Jill Janus is back on the helm with powerful vocals and wicked screech, elevating the dynamics of the album and
allowing the guitar riffs to breathe fire throughout like Salem Witches at the stake.
I must admit that I only began listening to Huntress after their live performance on November 12, 2014 when Huntress shared the stage with metal giants Arch Enemy and Kreator in Anaheim, Ca. I always thought that having a pretty hot singer was just a gimmick and Huntress was nothing more than that. Boy was I wrong…
The album “Static” opens with “Sorrow”, a 3:49 of semi-fast paced song showcasing what Huntress is all about. This is followed by “Flesh” which begins a little too poppy for my taste but in about 2:20 into the song morphs into something more palatable. This is where the dynamics I was talking about comes in place; and this happens in many songs in this album. So I encourage you not to skip any songs in this album.
However, just like in every other album in the world, there are a few songs that fall behind when compared to the stars of the playlist. This songs are Brian, Mania and Noble Savage. This doesn’t mean that these songs are bad, they are just a bit different. That’s the only negative note I have for this album.
Songs such as I Want To Wanna Wake Up, Four Blood Moon, Static, Harsh Times On Planet Stoked and Fire In My Heart are exactly what you expect from Huntress. These songs are head banging worthy and very dynamically
composed. Some have soul, others have anger but each have their own characteristics and I think you will find yourself enjoying them.
All in all, this album is very fun to listen to. Jill’s 4-octave vocal range has never sounded better, even from the
previous album only a couple of years ago. If you are like me and loves a good album that you can listen over and over again, Huntress’ Static is for you. Pick it up on September 25th via Napalm Records.
PHOTOS TAKEN BY RAYMOND MELENDEZ (SDMETAL FOUNDER / EDITO-IN-CHIEF)
ON NOVEMBER 12th 2014 In Anaheim