Batushka – Panihida (2019) – Review

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Panihida

2019 is the year of the Batushka controversy, one that will write Black Metal history. The genre is not devoid of its past troubles, and this one here just sounds like a fitting continuation. Albeit a bit less fiery, or deadly – come to think of it.

Yet we still got ourselves one major metallic earthquake that hit our metal shores like a steely tsunami at the beginning of the year. And which never ceased with its aftershocks since.

But it is also true enough that without all that drama, we would never find ourselves with two brand-new … [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka – Hospodi (2019) – Review

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Hospodi

The big question was if or if not we should review the two offerings of Batushka that are currently out. Because the members of this band caused themselves more trouble than necessary, and generated a major controversy in the process. Which is – of course – not necessarily a good thing, as this wastes energy and resources. Energy that could have been used to write stellar material, not feeding egos and paying lawyers.

It is also an unarguable fact that Hospodi would not exist without this unnecessary drama that spilled into the open lately. Yet, … [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka: Hospodi or Panihida? A controversy made in Black Metal Hell!

What a sad pickle.

At the very end of 2015, RockmusicRaider covered this unknown band called Batushka. A new star on the Black Metal horizon serving us Litourgyia on a platter of mightily sepulchral orthodox chanting.

Apparently from Poland, but very secretive at first, they unloaded their unholy wares on the unsuspecting metal crowd. With an unprecedented success to boot. Specialists and critics gushed over the record as if there was no tomorrow. Finally, a band emerged that could slake that blinding thirst for some real Black Metal in a dry desert populated by posers and wannabe … [...] Click to raid more!