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Jill Janus, a singer with an opera worthy four octave voice, suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder), since she was a teen. "I was slowly not wanting to be who I was," said Janus. "That started to come into play at the age of 18 when I was going to music school in Manhattan." Medication and treatment kept her going.
Moving to L.A. Janus came across a Metal band named Professor. Janus and Professor eventually morphed into Huntress. Aside from lead guitarist Blake Meahl, no other member was a long-term player.
Signed by Napalm Records, Huntress released the EP "Off With Her Head" in '10 with another EP "Eight Of Swords" landing the following year.
"Eight Of Swords," the song, was the lead single used to promote their '12 debut album, "Spell Eater."
'13's "Starbound Beast" put the group in the Top 20 (#12) on the U.S. Heatseekers chart for the first time. Everything is going to be fine. Right?
Janus' mental health issues came to the forefront as recording finished for the group's third studio effort "Static." She had to be hospitalized so she didn't hurt herself or someone around her. And it just gets better.
The mental issues were compounded by a physical one when Janus was diagnosed with cancer in her uterus. She had a hysterectomy in June of '15. "I know I'll survive," Janus said. "I've survived much worse."
Four months later "Static" arrived.
2012 Spell Eater
2013 Starbound Beast
2010 Off With Her Head
2011 Eight Of Swords