Batushka is a band from Poland, one with unknown members so it seems. There is some mystery surrounding this band, which of course makes the whole thing a bit more enigmatic. Musically, this is quite an original blend of black and doom metal with eerie screams and clean chants, baritone I guess (I'm not a real classical vocals connoisseur to be honest). Furthermore, there's a lot of place for haunting atmospheres and fierce slabs of blackened aggression.
The overall sound is quite complex, both in songwriting and song structure and it's varied enough to remain interesting. I can honestly see why this album appeared in my feed so often, it's something fresh and highly surprising, even in all its intensity. This is one of those bands who can easily please stubborn old school black metal fans and modern day post-black metal faddists, both in sheer brutality and in musical abilities.
It's very hard to compare this to other bands. Of course, I can throw some black metal bands like Darkthrone or Altar Of Plagues around and I can add some Sunn O))) if you like but I don't think those will help the album any further. This simply is Batushka, a band with their own, be it blackened, sound and their own set of musical elements. Of course, you can bang yourself into a tremendous whiplash with this one, and you damn well should.
I certainly will recommend checking it out if you're a fan of decent bleak and haunting music because that's exactly what this is: eight songs of pure sonic spiritualism, brought with an almost fatal sense of extremism and often an overwhelming wall-of-sound. It certainly is a fresh breath of air in an ever changing genre, that's for sure...