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!

Amon Amarth – Berserker (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Amon Amarth - Berserker - Album CoverSometimes things just fit. At the time of the release of Berserker, Amon Amarth‘s 2019 epic, I was just reading the newest novel of Bernard Cornwell’s Viking series.

A perfect backdrop to a great story, whilst Johan Hegg growls about the English growing confused when faced with the berserkers of the Norse invaders. Back in time, way back in time.

And it is interesting how stamina and – for sure – authenticity will keep you on track with a style that did not change much over time. If anything, Amon Amarth will serve as a dead-certain value in [...] Click to raid more!