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Huntress, Starbound Beast
(Napalm Records)

08/01/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



8/1/2013 - Historically I’ve had good luck with the stuff this Euro metal label sends, at least as far as the Evanescence-like sympho-metal bands like Visions of Atlantis are concerned.  Genre-sticklers like this label do have to comfort all their minions, however, and I understand that. So, faced with an L.A.-based band that claims to be a bunch of stoner space-shots, I let this thing go past the first few bars of absolutely contrived NWOBHM/death-metal stuff that sounds like Otep’s cuter sister trying to ride her coattails while not really throwing down in the speed area. There’s a promising all-stops break in opening tune “Enter the Exosphere” that prevents it from being a redundant fail, and Lita Ford-lunged singer Jill Janus (eyeroll) does a good impression of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson in sword-wielded-against-the-skelton-hordes mode.  Too many lead-in parts are obvious placeholders for “How’s everybody doin’ tonight!” platitudes, however, so when I happened upon the song “I Want To F--- You To Death,” I wasn’t all like “Bring it!” but instead like “McDonald’s is hiring!” C+ — Eric W. Saeger





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