RMR’s 2019 Top 10 Records

RockmusicRaider - Top 10 Records 2019

What a wealth of good records that came online in 2019. This year is – again – proof that the Folk, Metal, and Rock genres are still vibrant and very much alive. This is especially refreshing for rock and metal, where many an antagonist likes to declare the death of them – like every other day or so. But hey, the naysayers were proven wrong.

On the other hand, having lots of goodies to choose from makes our lives a tad more difficult, too. And that’s why we struggled with our choices this Top 10 much more than we ever … [...] Click to raid more!

Bartłomiej Krysiuk’s Batushka and the missing live gigs!

RockmusicRaider - Bartłomiej Krysiuk's Batushka - Hospodi - Missing Gigs and an impostor

The RMR blog covered the on-going Batushka controversy pretty closely so far. For those who were out of the loop for a while, here’s a quick rundown.

At first, we had a stellar Black Metal album – Litourgyia – that took the genre by storm. It led to a pretty fulminant success of a previously unknown band from Poland.

As is often the case, success (and money) rose to people’s heads, so all those loving bonds were canceled and a truly nasty divorce initiated. Quite unsurprisingly, this ended up in court, with a final decision still out there somewhere. In … [...] Click to raid more!

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

RockmusicRaider - Batushka - Hospodi Panihida Controversy

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 satanists.

Truly, … [...] Click to raid more!

Batushka and Bartłomiej Krysiuk seek The Truth.

RockmusicRaider - Batushka Controversy - The Truth by Bartłomiej Krysiuk

The saga of the two Batushkas continues, and the controversy with it. This time with a teaser of an upcoming video from Bart’s camp. One that should whisk all doubts about the trve story of Batushka to fairyland. And provide us with the genuine narrative of this convoluted affair.

Supposedly.

It is indeed true that Bartłomiej Krysiuk was not all that vocal about the ongoing Batushka controversy. A silence of the lambs of sorts. One probably brought about by the legal eagles of the mighty Metal Blade Records. The gold givers and enablers of posh touring and lavish … [...] Click to raid more!