|Review: Huntress - Spell Eater|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 22, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.21/5 (44.21%) (19 Votes)
On the one hand, despite my love of operatic female vocals, I like to hear the women of Metal singing in other styles. Huntress' Jill Janus growls and screams with a gruff yet clear voice throughout the band's Traditional Metal debut Spell Eater and that is a welcome change from the glut of Gothic bands on the scene right now. Most of the songs are on the faster side, aggressive and in your face. On the other hand, those growls and screams are so completely unvarying from song to song it begs the question; can Janus sing anything else? I'm not saying she can't, just that there's no evidence to the contrary on Spell Eater. The riffs are decent but generic, as are the solos, meaning that when you first fire up Spell Eater, you'll be tapping your foot or banging on the steering wheel but by the second or third song you'll be wondering if the CD is skipping.
A lot of Metal fans (read: guys) will be checking out this band simply due to the presence of Janus behind the microphone and that is all well and good. I believe it was P.T. Barnum who is credited with coining the phrase "there's no such thing as bad publicity." The unavoidable fact is that Huntress, as a band, is a one trick pony and some better songs will be needed going forward.
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