Throughout 2019 and beyond, the RMR crew followed the Batushka controversy closely. It’s indeed a pretty interesting case study. All those things that can happen when two parties cease to understand each other. We even enjoyed a trailer of one contestant threatening to expose themselves in the name of truth. Albeit with no return whatsoever to date. At all.
Now remember, this is the band that offered us Litourgyia in 2015. One Black Metal masterpiece that wandered straight onto our top 10 lists. And we don’t really want to lose all that goodness, because of attacks of grandeur.
But hey, look at the bright side. The dispute netted us two albums – Panihida and Hospodi – that would otherwise never exist. In fact, we’d be gushing over that one new album with no idea what artistic protuberances might still await in the darkness of the daemonic realm.
Now, it appears that the current Coronavirus crisis reached Black Metal in full force. How could it not, right? This thing truly stops for no man. Krzysztof Drabikowski – the original founder of Batushka – reported via Facebook that he contracted and vanquished the virus.
Well, hells bells. We do wish him a successful return from COVID-19 confinement and a full and complete recovery. These are no easy times.
As to the issues at hand, the lore tells us that this lawsuit will see some further action in 2020, perhaps. So, let the Batushka story continue. We’d like some closure and a continued flow of sinfully great Black Metal.
In the meantime, here’s some for ye: