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Huntress: Starbound Beast

Napalm Records in female-fronted band shock! More symphonic/power metal fun ahoy? Nope, Huntress mine a different terrain than many of their Napalm buddies, they are much more metal and arguably NWOBHM-inflected led by the husky voiced Jill Janus. They've even got a song written for them by Lemmy (the charming "I Want to Fuck You to Death".) Imagine Iron Maiden fronted by an American Bonnie Tyler and you may get the idea.

Lyrically the album is fairly interesting; let's have a look how the record begins shall we?

"Secrets we keep 'til death
I promise you, I swear to you
Burn out 'til nothing's left
You know the truth, it's all for you
Hiding the things we do
Torture me, I won't confess
We took an oath for life
My little murderess"

That may well give you a hint of concerns involved but things get even weirder by the time "Alpha Tauri" comes round. Have a gander at these;

"Transmissions received psychically
Zodiac lights the path to Anunnaki
Alpha Tauri
My space craft is worn
Vril energy brought me here
Beings wearing lavendar cloaks speak telepathically to me
I lose my sight, I lose my senses for 15 days submerged
In some strange surgery
I awake to a new world of speechless harmony
In the cosmos of Alpha Tauri"

All these fascinating lyrics allied to galloping Maiden style bass and crisp guitars should probably make an album more interesting than Starbound Beast actually is. In many ways it is just OK, nothing to write home about although when Janus really goes for it as in "Zenith" it goes to a higher plain. I suspect that there is a much better album in Huntress than this but they may have to write with others outside the band.

Track Listing:

  1. Enter the Exosphere
  2. Blood Sisters
  3. I Want To Fuck You to Death
  4. Destroy Your Life
  5. Starbound Beast
  6. Zenith
  7. Oracle
  8. Receiver
  9. Spectra Spectral
  10. Alpha Tauri

Added: June 10th 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1860
Language: english

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