With the grace and subtlety of a horde of hungry and rampaging black witches, Cleopatra Records, the audio torment writers of LUNA13 maintain their scorching streak on “Wicked Gods” which reinvigorates brutality with a glorious symptom of the weird. This blackened bass metal project seems to have everything against them, they are feminine and have created a new sound from two opposing genres. LUNA13 displays a talent for songwriting that can bewilder and surprise, with a crazy head that rarely looks back but switches from one infectious bass riff to another. Damn, it’s heavy LUNA13. I heard their songs on my phone and didn’t get much out of them, but when I put the headphones on their music, it blew me away. The songs retain layers of personality and can be recalled not just for one key section, but for several in an endless array. This gives “Wicked Gods” a more replayability factor than usual.
The death swagger in a song like “Serpent” is electrified by an unorthodox playing style that gives Wicked Gods a special character that departs from all that is conventional. Another good example is the spine riff in “Leviathan”, which seems to be balanced on a wire, about to fall, before it sticks the landing and hits you in the stomach. “Blood Bath” cannot go unnoticed; it’s a fall into the grimy depths, excreting groove and momentum.
Taking on the heavyweight of the Vader band with an alien touch of bass music, LUNA13 infuses their craft with increased vitality that never strayed too far from dismal heaviness, but it also doesn’t just sit idly by on this. that is expected. Lilith Bathory’s shrill voice and Dr Luna’s death bass production give you something new to listen to. While I’m not sure if the elite Metal fan is going to buy bass from LUNA13, they seem to be hitting Metal hard and collecting the blackened eclectic fan. We need something new and LUNA13 is that for sure. I found myself wanting to listen to their songs over and over again and Dark Funeral is my favorite band these days. Go figure it out.