HUNTRESS – Oslo – Rockefeller
Huntress (US) with charismatic front woman Jill Janus delivers a fresh taste in the occult heavy metal department. Her dramatic approach fueled by dooms laden guitar riffs and some heavy rhythms took the audience maybe by surprise this evening. Sure, the about 100 people who had found their way down to Rockefeller on this windy Monday did know what to expect but since this was Huntress’s first visit to our cold capital none could be quite sure. And what a ride it turned out to be. Their about 35 minutes long set rode the crowd hard with a massive sound and a furious front woman. Her unique approach and great vocal is what really sets Huntress apart from the rest. She sings with all of her body and when accompanied with great songwriting the formula hits home.
Of course you have to have a certain taste for Mercyful Fate/King Diamond to really get into their music but where (The) King primarily operates in the upper vocal range, Janus operates over the whole scale.
Huntress have one EP and their debut full-length "Spell Eater" (2012 on Napalm Rec) to show for and the material served was primarily from the latter. The "hits" Spell Eater and Eight of Swords was of course included but the whole set was varied and delivered with such energy that when word gets around I’m sure next time they visit Oslo more people will attend to witness their occult ceremony in the name of heavy metal.