Huntress (band)

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Huntress
Huntress 2013.jpg
Huntress in 2013
Background information
Origin Highland Park, California, United States
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal
Years active 2009–present
Labels Napalm
Associated acts Professor, Dark Black, Skeletonwitch, Holy Grail
Website huntresskills.com
Members Blake Meahl
Eli Santana
Tyler Meahl
Eric Harris
Past members Jill Janus
Ian Alden
Greg Imhoff
Sean Ford
Carl Wierzbicky
Anthony Crocamo
Spencer Jacob

Huntress is an American heavy metal band. It was founded in the underground of Highland Park, California when lead vocalist Jill Janus moved to Los Angeles where she met an underground metal band called 'Professor' in 2009. Huntress was signed by Napalm Records in November 2011. A debut EP Off with Her Head was released in 2010.[1] On December 27, 2011, they released their first single, "Eight of Swords", to promote their debut album, Spell Eater.[2]

In October 2015, Janus posted a now-deleted note on Facebook announcing the band would finish its activities, but that she would continue to make music.[3] Lead guitarist Blake Meahl, however, dismissed her statement as a consequence of her health and mental issues, and said the band would continue to perform.[4]

On August 14, 2018, vocalist Jill Janus committed suicide.[5][6][7]

Style[edit]

Huntress in 2014

The band's style has been observed as classic heavy metal with influences of thrash and dark metal. The songs featured frequent screaming by lead singer Janus who was classically trained and had a vocal range of four octaves.[8]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Jill Januslead vocals (2009–2018; her death)
  • Ian Alden – bass (2012–2015), rhythm guitar (2009–2012)
  • Greg Imhoff – bass (2009–2010)
  • Sean Ford – drums (2009–2010)
  • Carl Wierzbicky – drums (2010–2014)
  • Anthony Crocamo – rhythm guitar (2012–2013)
  • Spencer Jacob Grau – bass (2015–2016)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Heat

[9]
Spell Eater
  • Released: April 27, 2012
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[10]
Starbound Beast
  • Released: July 2, 2013
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[13]
12
Static
  • Released: September 25, 2015
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
18
EPs
Title Album details
Off with Her Head
  • Released: March 30, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
Eight of Swords
  • Released: December 27, 2011
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: LP
Music videos
Year Title Directed Album Ref.
2011 "Eight of Swords" Simon Chan Eight of Swords [20]
2012 "Spell Eater" Spell Eater [21]
2013 "Zenith" Phil Mucci Starbound Beast [22]
2015 "Sorrow" Static [23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Zenith" Revolver Golden Gods Awards Best Film & Video[24] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Huntress". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Huntress Bio". Huntresskills.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  3. ^ Hartmann, Graham (28 October 2015). "Jill Janus Apparently Puts End to Huntress". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Kielty, Martin (29 October 2015). "Huntress not splitting says Meahl". Metal Hammer. Team Rock. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "HUNTRESS Singer JILL JANUS Dies In Apparent Suicide". Blabbermouth.net. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  6. ^ http://loudwire.com/huntress-frontwoman-jill-janus-dead/
  7. ^ "Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus dies at 43". BBC News. August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018. 
  8. ^ Kessler, Sebastian (2012-05-21). "Huntress – Spell Eater". Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Huntress - Chart history". Billboard.com. 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Spell Eater by Huntress". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  11. ^ "Metal By Numbers 5/23: Tenacious D Rize To The Top 5". Metalinsider.net. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Metal By Numbers 5/16: Taking The Charts by Storm". Metalinsider.net. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Starbound Beast by Huntress". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  14. ^ "Metal By Numbers 8/14: Asking Alexandria About The Charts". Metalinsider.net. 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  15. ^ "Metal By Numbers 8/7: Unsurprisingly, Five Finger Death Punch Have a Number 2 Record". Metalinsider.net. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  16. ^ "Metal By Numbers 7/24: Respect Walk Through Exits Only". Metalinsider.net. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  17. ^ "Metal By Numbers 7/17: Like Festivals To Flames". Metalinsider.net. 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  18. ^ "Metal By Numbers 7/11: Summer Doldrums Hit The Charts". Metalinsider.net. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  19. ^ "Metal By Numbers 10/7: The charts drive it homeMetal Insider". Metalinsider.net. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  20. ^ "HUNTRESS - Eight of Swords | Napalm Records". YouTube.com. 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  21. ^ "Huntress Unleash 'Spell Eater' Video". Loudwire.com. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  22. ^ "Huntress: 'Zenith' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  23. ^ "Huntress, 'Sorrow' - Exclusiv Video Premiere". Loudwire.com. 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2017-08-19. 
  24. ^ "And the winners of the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards are…". Metalinsider.net. 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 

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