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Latest Huntress News

Below is our complete Huntress news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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David Ellefson Performs With Jill Janus

Soundcheck Live is a weekly live music night that brings together the industry's top musicians alongside emerging talent to create a vibrant social experience driven by the artists.

Video from a recent Soundcheck Live event has come online featuring David Ellefson performing Iron Maiden track "The Number Of The Beast" alongside Nita Strauss, Glen Sobel, Tony Macalpine, and Jill Janus (starts at around the 10:40 mark in the video below).

The performance took place at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, California during the 42nd weekly Soundcheck Live.

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Trivium Announces Tour With Sabaton, Huntress

Roadrunner recording group Trivium have announced detail of a fall North American headline tour. The trek, which gets underway September 15th at Columbus, OH’s Newport Music Hall, will feature special guests Sabaton and Huntress (see tour itinerary below). Presale tickets will be available beginning Thursday, July 14th at 10:00AM local time, with general on sale starting Saturday, July 16th at 10:00AM local time with additional dates to be announced. The headline tour will also see Trivium making several mainstage festival appearances at Monster Energy Rock Allegiance (September 17th), Ozzfest meets Knotfest (September 25th), JJO Sonic Boom (October 1st), Louder Than Life (October 2nd) and Rock & Shock (October 14th).

Trivium frontman Matt Heafy commented on the band’s excitement to return stateside exclaiming, “America! We're coming back to party with all of you. This year has already seen countless cities in numerous countries, and now is the time to bring it back to our home country with our brothers and sisters of metal.We are beyond excited to have one of our favorite bands on the planet, Sabaton on the bill; and we are absolutely stoked to have the incredible Huntress out with us as well. We will be bringing you a show to remember; playing all your favorite tunes off your favorite records.”

Sabaton also remarked on the upcoming tour stating, "On the HEROES tour we came to North America three times and now it’s time to return. This time we will do it with our brand new album THE LAST STAND which will hit stores on August 19th. This means that fans in North America will be able to enjoy the new songs before anyone else. We are joining the great band Trivium for the full run and are sure that fans who come to see us will have a great evening!"

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:


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Jill Janus Confirms She Will Remain With Huntress

Following a statement by guitarist Blake Meahl clarifying the band had not broken up (prompted by various metal sites reporting that was the case), front woman Jill Janus has now issued this update about remaining with Huntress:

"Back to business! Yes, I am still the singer for Huntress. I've seen some heavy shit, but so often the things I say or do are misconstrued even by those closest to me.

"It is the end of an era for Huntress, we completed our trilogy, writing one album a year. I look forward to writing more Huntress records, and working on new musical projects I've been developing. The best is yet to come!" More...

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Huntress Comments On Breakup Rumors

Last night Huntress front woman Jill Janus posted a status update about her frustration with health issues and online trolls, leading several sites to prematurely report that Huntress had broken up. Guitarist Blake Meahl has now issued the following statement clarifying the situation:

"Our vocalist Jill Janus posted an announcement last night that she was having difficulty dealing with devastating health issues. Four months ago she had major surgery to remove cancer from her uterus.

"She needs time to fully recover from her hysterectomy and to continue treatment for her mental health issues. Her bouts with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and disassociative identity disorder have been particularly difficult lately and are ultimately responsible for her unfounded statement last night.

"We will resume touring in December when Huntress joins Black Label Society 12/26-12/31. Thank you for your kindness and understanding."

Jill Janus recently discussed her physical and mental health issues at length with Revolver, with excerpts from that interview available here. More...

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Black Label Society Announces New Shows

Black Label Society - fronted by guitar icon Zakk Wylde - has announced a batch of winter tour dates for the end of 2015 with special guests Huntress and The Shrine.

Fresh off an electric performance last weekend at the Food Truck & Rock Carnival in New Jersey, BLS is gearing up to finish the year strong in the U.S. The last time the band performed in The States was during the Unblackened Tour earlier this year.

Originally performed as a one night only concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles for a live CD/DVD release two years ago, the show made its way across the U.S featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album "Book of Shadows" & his Southern rock band Pride & Glory.

See BLS live on these upcoming December dates: More...

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Huntress Releases "Sorrow" Video

Today Huntress released third studio album "Static" via Napalm Records, which was produced by Paul Fig and Jim Rota.

Coinciding with the release of "Static" is the world premiere of the new video for "Sorrow." The video was written and directed by Phil Mucci (Disturbed, Stone Sour, High on Fire) and produced by Phil Mucci and Ian Mackay of Diabolik. Check it out below.

On the live front, Huntress also storms the high seas September 28 - October 2 as part of the Mötorboat Cruise. More...

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Huntress Posts New Album Preview

Huntress is on the verge of releasing third studio album "Static" on September 25 via Napalm Records.

Today the band unveils a new album preview clip, featuring snippets of all the "Static" tracks. Check it out below. For a full song stream, check out the "Flesh" lyric video at this location.

The new Huntress record was produced by Paul Fig (Grammy nominated engineer, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Trivium, Ghost BC) and Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry, Emmy nominated Executive Producer of the Sonic Highways series, Producer Sound City Movie). More...

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Huntress Releases Lyric Video

After openly discussing her mental health issues and bout with cancer, Jill Janus and the Huntress crew will soon release third studio album "Static" - due out September 25 through Napalm Records.

The new single "Flesh" premieres today with a stunning lyric video, available below. Huntress vocalist Janus comments:

"'Flesh' is catchy and hard rock, it's lusty and bloody, a blackened-party metal make out song. When my bandmates brought me the killer composition, I wrote the lyrics as my storyline unfolded like bizarre film noir. A female serial killer who would transform into a demonic seamstress, preying upon women. She desires their flesh for fashion. Once again, I've collaborated with the immensely talented Vance Kelly to bring my story to life. Our telepathic artistic connection has created a twisted romantic lyric video for a summer of lust. Enjoy!"

The new Huntress record was produced by Paul Fig (Grammy nominated engineer, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Trivium, Ghost BC) and Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry, Emmy nominated Executive Producer of the Sonic Highways series, Producer Sound City Movie). Pre-orders are now available through PledgeMusic here. More...

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Avatar Announces U.S. Tour With Huntress

The Swedish visual masterminds from Avatar have announced a new batch of U.S. tour dates starting this fall.

The dates will serve as the last time the band sees American soil while supporting the "Hail The Apocalypse" record. "We are heading towards the final curtain call of the apocalypse," says frontman Johannes Eckerström.

The band plans to begin work on a new album at the end of the year, with a release planned for 2016. Eckerström continues, "The hymns will be played one more time before we close this chapter and you need to be there. Destruction and decay is best viewed from a front row seat and as always, we intend to mix things up bring the freaky in ways we haven't before."

Support will come from Huntress, Gemini Syndrome, and First Decree. The new Huntress album "Static" will be released on September 25th, 2015 on Napalm Records. More...

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Jill Janus Discusses Mental Illness, Cancer

Huntress is gearing up to release "Static" on September 25th via Napalm Records, and in a new interview with Revolver, vocalist Jill Janus reveals her lifelong struggle with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Earlier this year, she was also diagnosed with Stage 1 uterine cancer in the midst of recording the new album. Janus is now cancer-free due to a hysterectomy performed two weeks ago.

In an excerpt from the interview, she explains why she's been hospitalized this year: "Once a Huntress album is done, it's almost like I slip into a postpartum depression. Being bipolar and schizophrenic, I have to be hospitalized so I don't hurt myself or anyone else around me. It can be very dangerous."

She also explains sensing there was something wrong before being diagnosed with cancer: "During the process of writing and recording our third album, I began to feel like something bad was growing within me...I had a procedure, and my doctor found early stage cancer in my uterus."

Janus is now recovering from a successful surgery at home, commenting, "I was encouraged by my bandmates to take my struggle and weave it into songs on the new album. When I formed Huntress, I was concerned with the stigma surrounding mental illness, especially for women in the music industry. But I've accomplished so much in just a few years. Writing one record a year, touring relentlessly and attempting to maintain my sanity has been, at times, very painful for myself and those close to me. Yet I've proven anything is possible if you truly believe in yourself. Speaking out about my mental illness and cancer diagnosis has given me a chance to encourage others to live for their purpose and not be held back by their illness. The vultures can wait." More...

Read the full article at Revolvermag.com.

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Huntress Announces A Lot Of "Static"

California metallers Huntress have completed their third studio album titled "Static" to be released via Napalm Records on September 25th. The highly-anticipated record was produced by Paul Fig (Grammy nominated engineer, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Trivium, Ghost BC) and Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry, Executive Producer Sonic Highways series, Producer Sound City Movie), Engineered and Mixed by Paul Fig.

Pre-orders of the album are now available exclusively via the Napalm Records Webstore in North America HERE and Europe HERE. Also check out a snippet of the new song "Flesh" in the player below.

Vance Kelly (Slayer, Alice In Chains, Evanescence, Ghost BC) has once again delivered stunning album artwork for Huntress (see below). The band's creative unity with Vance Kelly remains strong, having also created album covers for "Spell Eater" and "Starbound Beast."

Vocalist Jill Janus comments: "The evolution of Huntress bleeds into 'Static' our third and most prolific album. It is the heaviest and catchiest record we've written. The process of writing and recording was new and exciting, at times very difficult for all involved, having to record in between relentless touring. Never have I been so honest in my approach to songwriting; I reveal life-long personal obstacles that I previously feared weaving into my lyrics. I'm so pleased to reveal the cover art for 'Static' by my treasured art warlock Vance Kelly. Hail Heavy Metal!" More...

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Motorhead Reveals Second Motorboat Cruise

Motörhead's Motörboat will embark on its second voyage September 28th through October 2nd, 2015 on Norwegian Sky, departing Port Miami with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas.

The "Loudest Boat In The World" will feature performances from Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, Motor Sister, Kyng, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, and more.

Staterooms go on sale Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM ET at this location. Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister: "And so the Motörboat sets sail one more time - better get your tickets now, or be left sobbing on the dock! Oh - and we promise not to run out of beer this time!"

Slayer’s Kerry King adds, “Slayer is crashing the Motörboat party!! I, personally, will be keeping the bar in business. Hell will be coming with us. Light it up!!!” More...

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Savage Messiah Kicking Off Tour With Amon Amarth

London metal band Savage Messiah is kicking off a European tour tonight with Swedish melodic death metal vikings Amon Amarth.

The Deceiver of the Gods tour starts off in Lille, France, then immediately heads to the U.K. for a two-week stint before returning to mainland Europe. Also joining Amon Amarth and Savage Messiah are Huntress. A message from Savage Messiah front man Dave Silver reads as follows:

"The tour is finally upon us! And we're really psyched to take the metal to the stage once more. A great way to start the year and hopefully the start of many more tours to come in 2015. If you come out to any of the shows, make sure to head over to the merch stand and say hi to the band; we'll be hanging there most nights post-show, so don't be a stranger! And we'll see you down the front!" More...

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Huntress Announces Shows With Amon Amarth

Huntress has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with Amon Amarth:

"The Gods have spoken! Huntress will spend a wintry month with the Vikings from Sweden; Amon Amarth! It's a fantasy come true to tour with one of our favorite bands as direct support.

"Huntress will bring the fury to Europe and the UK once again! This is an exciting time for us, having just completed a North American tour with the mighty Arch Enemy and Kreator. Our attack has been relentless, we're now recording our third album in Los Angeles, slated for release in early 2015. Spread it, shred it, behead it! With special opening guests Savage Messiah!" More...

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Amon Amarth Announces New Tour Dates

Swedish heavy metal icons Amon Amarth will be returning to Europe in January/February for a month long tour. The band comments:

"UK, Portugal, Spain, France and UK…get ready this January for a Viking invasion!

"We'll be making an extensive UK expedition where we'll be pillaging smaller clubs in virtually every nook and cranny of the country. We're also making a more in depth raid of France, Spain and Portugal. Finally!

"As support on this mission we're bringing our friends in Huntress and up-and-comers Savage Messiah. Don't miss this awesome night of metal and we will take no prisoners!"

15/01/15 FR - Lille - Le Splendid
16/01/15 UK - Brighton - Concorde 2
17/01/15 UK - Plymouth - The Hub
18/01/15 UK - Bristol - Thelka
19/01/15 UK - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
21/01/15 UK - Norwich - Waterfront
22/01/15 UK - Colchester - Arts Center
23/01/15 UK - Oxford - O2 Academy 2
24/01/15 UK - Stoke - Sugarmill
25/01/15 UK - Manchester - Academy 2
27/01/15 UK - Glasgow - Classic Grand
28/01/15 UK - Leeds - Stylus
29/01/15 UK - Newcastle - Newcastle University
30/01/15 UK - Lemmington - The Assembly
31/01/15 UK - Southampton - 1865 More...

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Huntress Comments On Upcoming Tour

California metallers Huntress are storming stages throughout Europe in support of latest release, 2013's "Starbound Beast." The band is co-headlining several dates with Battlecross and will be appearing at Download Festival (UK), Nova Rock Festival (Austria) and Graspop Festival (Belgium).

Continuing the heavy metal onslaught, Huntress will return to the road stateside this fall alongside Arch Enemy and Kreator. The tour begins October 23rd in Baltimore, MD and runs through November 23rd in Cleveland, OH. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Front woman Jill Janus comments on the upcoming tour: "North America, prepare for facemelting! Huntress is stoked to join the coveted Arch Enemy tour this fall. It's an exciting time for women in heavy metal; we're honored to be touring with Arch Enemy as the new era with Alissa White-Gluz begins. Kreator joining this killer tour makes us ecstatic, having been fans for many years. Huntress is ready to rage!"

Whenever they have a free moment, the band members are hard at work on their third studio album. Andrew Alekel (Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch) and James A. Rota (Sound City, Fireball Ministry) will be handling production duties on the upcoming release. More info is coming soon. More...

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Arch Enemy, Kreator North American Tour Confirmed

As reported yesterday, the North American Tour featuring Arch Enemy, Kreator, Huntress and Starkill will embark in Baltimore on October 23rd. The tour, dates and venues have been confirmed today by the bands. VIP tickets for the tour are now available at this location.

The tour will mark the first for Arch Enemy in the U.S. since 2011. Guitarist Michael Amott commented: “It's been three long years since ARCH ENEMY last played North America, but now the wait is over! We're riding a veritable metal tsunami in Europe with our new album ‘War Eternal’ and look forward to spreading the chaos on this N.A. run! ARCH ENEMY is very proud and excited to be teaming up with Teutonic thrash titans KREATOR as well as HUNTRESS and STARKILL! Miss this show at your own peril!"

Kreator’s Mille Petrozza (vocals, guitar) added: “Both bands have been talking about touring together for many years, now it becomes reality: KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY on one bill in the USA and Canada! We are looking forward to another killer run in support of our album ‘Phantom Antichrist’ before we will start writing new stuff in 2015! With ARCH ENEMY’s new album ‘War Eternal’ being a monster, this will be THE metal tour of the fall. Don`t miss it!”

Huntress' Jill Janus added: "North America, prepare for facemelting! HUNTRESS is stoked to join the coveted Arch Enemy tour this fall. It's an exciting time for women in heavy metal; we're honored to be touring with Arch Enemy as the new era with Alissa White-Gluz begins. Kreator joining this killer tour makes us ecstatic, having been fans for many years. HUNTRESS is ready to rage!"

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Arch Enemy, Kreator To Tour North American In Fall

Various online sources indicate that it appears that Arch Enemy will embark on a North American tour in support of the new album "War Eternal" (see review here). In addition, Kreator, Huntress, and Starkill will be on the bill. The band recently confirmed a European trek with Kreator, Sodom, Vader which would begin immediately after the dates listed below.

Please note that the following dates and venue locations have not yet been officially announced by the bands or respective labels:

10/23 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
10/24 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
10/25 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/26 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
10/27 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
10/28 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theater
10/29 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
11/01 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
11/02 Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
11/03 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
11/04 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
11/06 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/07 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/08 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11/10 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
11/11 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
11/12 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/14 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
11/15 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/16 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
11/18 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
11/19 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
11/20 Grand Rapids, MI
11/21 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
11/22 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
11/23 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues More...

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