Luna 13's Video Devil's Wrath makes Satanic Statement
Luna13 are back with a brand new album, G.O.A.T Witch, which managed to reach the top five selling albums rank on Amazon right after its release.
Devil's Wrath, one of the singles from the album, proved some other great success for the Californian duo.
The video for the single, directed by music video veteran Vicente Cordero, gained more than 100,000 views within the first 3 weeks of its release on YouTube.
It is no wonder Luna13 are steadily gaining the attention of the public.
If their creative blend of EDM and Black Metal was enough to create a controversial but substantial buzz, the success Lilith Bathory and Dr. Luna are now experimenting is largely due to their authenticity.
They made it no secret: Luna13 founders and members believe in what they sing. Music, to them, is an expression of their spirituality, no matter how controversial this might sound to the mainstream world.
The music video for Devil's Wrath is not only a well-executed short movie, where director Cordero did a brilliant job interpreting the lyrics and delivering the overall theme through powerful images. There is way more to it.
"The video was shot in Wrightwood, California, where I used to live," Dr. Luna explains, "While we left most of the artistic choices to the director Vicente Cordero, we demanded to shoot in that particular location."
Dr. Luna goes on explaining why that spot is so important to him.
"When Wrightwood was my home, I used to live in another place too: Ahmednagar, India, traveling back and forth from there to California. It was a very spiritual phase of my life, I also slept in a coffin at night for 3 years."
Dr. Luna reveals how, at the time, while writing music, he was fully concentrated on the worshipping of the dark goddess Kali, following the ancient teachings of his spiritual mentor, the monk of a Hinduist Aghori tribe, mostly known for its mysterious practices, including the Skull Meditation.
"I would often meditate with a human skull under a tree in the forest, in the back of my house in Wrightwood, right where the video was shot," he adds.
As ghastly as it may sound, Skull Meditation is an ancient and common spiritual practice among Aghoris and, like most of their rituals, it is simply aimed at clearing all fears.
But people are often short-sighted and, especially in smaller communities, they tend to jab at anyone considered weird or strange.
"Some hikers saw me meditating with the skull and told others in the city that a witch was meditating with a skull," Dr. Luna goes on explaining, "The locals closed doors on me, so I eventually sold my house and moved to Hollywood."
So why did Luna 13 decide to shoot their music video in that particular place?
The video starts with what looks like a witch-hunt situation, with a blindfolded, tied down woman (Bathory herself) being carried into the woods by other threatening women in creepy caps.
Can you see the parallelism?
That spot is quite important to the other half of Luna 13 too.
Lilith Bathory, known as a model, vocalist and burlesque dancer too, used to live in the same area.
"I used to work in a Horror Fun House not far from there," Lilith explains. "I worked as an evil doll. My duty was scaring the hell out of people."
When Dr. Luna and Lilith Bathory met, they found a perfect match for each other.
"We thought that us coming together would be a real horror show of people truly dedicated to the dark arts," Dr. Luna says.
Luna13 surely succeeded in branding themselves as villains but always keeping it real and authentic.
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