Saturday, 20 July 2019

Batushka - Utrenia

BATHUSKA and BATHUSKA, a lot of things have happened in the BATHUSKA camp the last year, from one really promising band to two bands in one year, intrigue, discord, tour or not to tour, various versions of backgrounds, it becomes quite giddy about what is what. BATHUSKA as a band that really blown me away with the debut "Litourgiya", a record that got many hours of playtime. Nowadays I'm not really sure what to like and think about version 1 or 2.

Both of them (that is, the antagonists, former friends, guitarist Krzysztof Drabikowski (version 1) and singer Bartłomiej Krysiuk (version 2)) have now both released an album, version 1 in May and version 2 in July. Both albums feel rushed and full of hatred about the situation.

Krzysztof Drabikowski is widely regarded as the one who has been merely stalking his life's work and is often called True BATHUSKA by his fans. Bartłomiej Krysiuk is generally considered the villain who simply took over Drabikowski's creation, or cut him off, and his official version of BATHUSKA, supported by Metal Blade, is called by the Drabikowski fans of Fake BATHUSKA. Mazy?.

Bartłomiej Krysiuk "Hospodi (Господи)" (version 2) have a bigger and better production, I guess it's because Metal Blade is behind this version. Decent tunes and opens up pretty good but falls a bit in the end. My favorite tune is "Crucifixion - Utrenia (Утреня)", the easy and clever riffing in the middle of the tune is magically simple and seductive. So if you sum these both albums up, takes the best parts and merge it together and a great BATHUSKA release would have entered the world.

Today's tune "Chapter IV: Crucifixion - Utrenia (Утреня)", taken from the album "Hospodi (Господи)". released 12 July 2019.

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