Evil imagery doesn't get much more blunt than a ram's head and bloody black leather. Subtlety has its strengths, but when it comes to black bass metal - more is more. And Los Angeles' Luna 13
has embraced this with their entire (evil) hearts. Twisted synth sounds, ominous fuzz, and distortion-wrapped lo-fi sub bass lovingly encompass brutally growled vocals. Markedly absent: any stringed instrument. To get these sounds from only synthesizers takes some sort of black magic, which is probably easy when your producer (Dr. Luna) is a practicing witch. Luna 13 has created their dark electronica by combining a pinch of DnB with a smattering of dubstep and a respectful amount of old school industrial. It's hard to tell where the EDM stops and the black metal begins, begging the question: has Luna 13 created a hybrid that will please fans of both genres? Live, the duo is cinematically scary yet sexy - with burlesque dancing (singer/dancer Lilith Bathory wears a headset mic like a pop diva) balancing out the ferociousness of the music. It's almost too much for a regular human music fan, so you'll have to see it with your own eyes to believe. And yes, they are real witches.