|HUNTRESS was birthed in the underground of Highland Park, California, clawing at the roots of heavy metal. Lead singer Jill Janus is an operatic banshee with an unparalleled four-octave range and lust for the occult. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York, she toured Europe as a teenage opera starlet. Upon her return to the States, Janus embraced Manhattan nightlife, creating Fellini-esque cabarets and parties in a nihilistic club scene. Years later, Janus moved to Los Angeles and began the gestation period of Huntress. In 2009 she met underground metal band Professor. The universe spread her legs and delivered Huntress to Janus, combining former members of Professor, Dark Black and Skeletonwitch.
The powerful panted signed to Napalm Records in November 2011. They unleashed their first music video for "Eight of Swords" in October 2011, directed by Simon Chan of Artificial Army. The song was produced and engineered by Chris Rakestraw of Sunset Lodge Recording in Silverlake, CA. Rakestraw will also produce their debut album, slated for release Spring/Summer 2012 on Napalm Records.
HUNTRESS released their buzzworthy debut album Spell Eater in 2012 via Napalm Records. The album, which Metal Hammer calls "a magical debut from the hottest new act of 2012," was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children Of Bodom and Skeletonwitch).
HUNTRESS fires off a new album one year later! The record entitled Starbound Beast will be released on June 28th in Europe and on July 2nd, 2013 in North America via Napalm Records. The band recorded the album at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). The artwork for Starbound Beast was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastodon).