Los Angeles-based, occult-themed, female-fronted traditional heavy metal band HUNTRESS has teamed up with Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival brothers BATTLECROSS to share the cost for a bus this summer, since their tour vans can't handle the extreme heat. And that is only the beginning of the financial strain for a young metal band with minimal tour support.HUNTRESS has started an Indiegogo (Virtual Yard Sale) campaign to ensure their participation in the festival. Check out their Indiegogo page, featuring enticing packages and unique collector items. Some of the perks offered are signed CD digipaks and vinyl copies of their upcoming album, "Starbound Beast", and packages that feature tickets to Mayhem festival plus hangouts with the band. Water balloon fights, parking lot BBQs and astrological readings with HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus are also offered up for sacrifice. Some of the most exclusive perks include the sword prop and red cloak from the "Eight Of Swords" video, and guitarist Blake Meahl's 1979 Custom GMC Vandura. More items and unique opportunities will be added as well.
In more HUNTRESS-related Mayhem news, Janus will host the first ever Shred-Meister guitar competition. Festival attendees can go to the Jägermeister tents on site and audition for a chance to shred for 10 seconds on the main stage. Each day, one of the 10 finalists will win a custom Jägermeister guitar from Schecter and the overall winner at the end of the tour will win a custom Jägermeister full stack and head courtesy of Peavey Electronics. "Starbound Beast" will be released on June 28 in Europe and on July 2 in North America via Napalm Records. The band recorded the album at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, AGNOSTIC FRONT). The artwork was once again created by Vance Kelly (SLAYER, GHOST B.C., MASTODON).
The first song off the new record, titled "I Want to Fuck You to Death", co-written by Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD, is available for streaming on the HUNTRESS Facebook page. Photo by Neil Zlozower