Batushka are a band from Poland that plays a mixture of black and doom metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Litourgiya" which was released by Witching Hour Productions.
Folk instruments start off the album along with some melodic guitar leads and clean singing chanting vocals a few seconds later that also takes the music into a very dark and heavy doom metal direction that also utilizes a decent amount of melody and after awhile the music speeds up at times and also brings in black metal screams.
When the music speeds up it brings in more of a raw style of black metal along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and you can also hear a touch of post metal in the bands musical style and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
At times the music also sounds very ritualistic and occult and they also mix in a great amount of avant garde elements throughout the recording while some tracks also bring in a small amount of clean playing and one of the tracks is long and epic in length and there is also a great amount of diversity to be heard throughout the recording.
Batushka plays a musical style that takes black and doom metal and mixes it in with Slavonic Old Church chants to create a musical style of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover blasphemous themes.
In my opinion Batushka are a very great sounding mixture of black and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Yekteniya 2" "5" and "7'. 8 out of 10.