March 17, 2018
November 8, 2019
The Polish band Batushka emerged somewhat mysteriously in
(the members' names weren't initially
made public, though via some detective work the names
were eventually deduced) with a debut album in Litourgiya
Their style is a potent cross of doom and black metal, interspersing
black metal blastbeats with a more predominant doomdeath base, with
the occasional post-metal ambient interlude thrown in for good measure.
Vocally, there are some black shrieks but the predominant style
(and unquestionably the band's selling point)
is Gregorian-sounding choired chants,
a vocal style that is not unheard of in metal but is rarely as
front and center as it is here.
These vocals lend a majestic, sombre air to the proceedings, making
for quite the impact on the listener.
They were picked up by
Records in 2017, which would have certainly raised their visibility ...
... until it all fell apart in late 2018, with the two core members
Bartlomiej and Kris both claiming to kick the other one out, and so both
members are proceeding with separate bands named Batushka.
As is usually the case with naming issues like this, the courts will
eventually decide which (if either) will be considered the "real"
Batushka moving forward.
For now, the two new bands will be considered separate entities and
will be known here as
- Yekteniya 1
- Yekteniya 2
- Yekteniya 3
- Yekteniya 4
- Yekteniya 5
- Yekteniya 6
- Yekteniya 7
- Yekteniya 8