Refusing to let his creation go during Batushka’s split, Drabikowski began work on his own follow up to Litourgiya and in 2015 he released Панихида. Панихида is, without question, the true successor to Litourgiya, and instantly confirmed beyond doubt what most already knew - Drabikowski was the true creative force and rightful owner of Batushka. … Continue reading 223: Krzysztof Drabikowski’s БАТЮШКА
In 2018 there was a a fracture in camp Batushka. Vocalist Bartłomiej Krysiuk and Krzysztof Drabikowski parted ways. The parting was contentious, with Bart dismissing Drabikowski’s claims ownership. With the record deal held by Bart, Drabikowski lost all rights. Bart was able to form his own band from scratch and produce new music under the … Continue reading 222: BATUSHKA
Every now and then something comes along that just works and you wonder how we ever got by beforehand. Russian Orthodox Black Metal - it sounds like someone threw darts at a board of random descriptors looking to invent a subgenre but, again, it just works. Batushka is the brainchild of Krzysztof Drabikowski, and takes … Continue reading 221: БАТЮШКА
In 2010, Behemoth ringleader Nergal was diagnosed with leukaemia. Stalling the upward trajectory of the band. At the time, it had been reported that the diagnosis was so grim that chemotherapy would be ineffective. Jump forward to 2014 and Behemoth release their triumphant return - Nergal’s magnum opus - The Satanist. For my money, The … Continue reading 149: BEHEMOTH
Blackened death metal is perhaps one of my favourite combination genres, but I’ll also admit that, while many bands do it well, it’s a hard subgenre to do very well. Hate do blackened death metal better than almost everybody.
This is hypnotic, lurching black metal, but with an inexplicable groove to it. The guitars have a hook, the snarled vocals encourage the listener to raise a horned fist, and the whole composition is simply as addictive as black metal can be.