Lilith Bathory : the story behind a hypnotic Black Metal vocalist
Luna 13 is an emerging Californian duo, the first to blend EDM to Black Metal. A great passion, innovative creativity, and a good dose of controversy lead Doc Luna (founder and producer) and Lilith Bathory (vocalist and performer) to gain the attention of Metal fans, despite their courageous incursion into bass music.
Both artists got to this point after a stormy life, often presenting diseases, bullying, violence.
Nevertheless, Doc Luna and Lilith Bathory always overcame the difficulties life presented them through their art.
Lilith Bathory’s story is particularly strong. Born and raised in a strict Catholic household, Lilith had to face some difficult years during her adolescence. After having a hard time with bullies, Lilith, still a virgin, was raped at the age of 16 and then again at the age of 17. This unjust violence led her to experience self-harm: “After being bullied and raped of my virginity, I spent time struggling with cutting myself,” she confesses.
It took years for Lilith to get back to her feet, but her music was already a constant presence: during high school, she joined many student bands, including the California State Honor Band. Her musical influences are wide and numerous, including Otep, Arch Enemy, Marilyn Manson, Mudvayne, Slayer, Prozak, ICP, Razakel, Queen, David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, The 69 Eyes, Ministry, Mushroomhead, Slipknot, Evanescence, Garbage, The Casualties, The Distillers, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Lamb of God, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Korn, Cradle of Filth and many more.
The ghosts of her past were a heavy burden, though. Too heavy.
For this reason, Lilith decided to run away and settle in Indiana, far from the places that would recall her too much suffering.
Music was again the main cure to her wounded soul: in Indiana, Lilith joined a sort of metal collective and started organizing local shows and podcasts.
When she got back to California, she was faced with recovering from a badly abusive relationship while in Indiana, finding some comfort only in work as a performer in a haunted house.
After just a few years she embarked on the musical adventure represented by Luna 13, collecting one success at a time with colleague and friend Doc Luna. Despite a car accident, occurred only two days before Luna 13 first performance that left Lilith Bathory with major health issues, she didn’t surrender and gave an excellent performance, characterized by the same energy she put in a show with legendary metal band Possessed, Luna 13 recently opened for.
On top of music and art (she is a dancer too), Lilith found some comfort in philosophy. She considers herself a witch, not affiliated with any religion or church, but only committed to self-improvement and personal freedom. She is also a vegan, caring about the health of animals and our environment and respecting nature.
The story of Lilith Bathory is utterly heartbreaking, but her strength must be an example for all of us.