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GrayChild
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:52 pm 
 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Brtm9q9laLY/

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An important announcement has to be made today. I have decided to part ways with Batushka’s singer Варфоломей (Bartłomiej Krysiuk) due to inappropriate behavior on his part. There were attempts to take my creation Batushka away from me, with the result that he will not continue to be a member of that music project and the upcoming album 'Панихида' will not feature his voice. As songs may emerge that are not written by me but labelled as 'Batushka‘, I hereby announce that my instagram profile instagram.com/batushkaofficial, youtube channel youtube.com/c/батюшка and mail batushkaofficial@gmail.com are now the only means of contacting me. Please share this information on social media channels.
Thank you all for support and understanding
Батюшка

Krzysztof "Христофоръ" Drabikowski


After Gorgoroth and Immortal, the black metal court drama continues. Still, there's been a lot of rumors about Bart and his label (Witching Hour) ripping off both clients and bands, as well as having overall shitty behavior so that's not surprising.


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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:53 pm 
 

GrayChild wrote:
After Gorgoroth and Immortal, the black metal court drama continues. Still, there's been a lot of rumors about Bart and his label (Witching Hour) ripping off both clients and bands, as well as having overall shitty behavior so that's not surprising.

Funny what commercial success achieves, isn't? :-P

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doomicus
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:12 pm 
 

Not into Batushka in the slightest, but everything that I have heard about the dude points to a man of the Blake Judd variety. Good on the band for doing away with him.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:50 pm 
 

They're not rumors, it's all real.

http://www.nwnprod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61090

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MikeyC
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:24 pm 
 

That's unfortunate. :( But hopefully the replacement does a good job.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:35 pm 
 

MikeyC wrote:
That's unfortunate. :( But hopefully the replacement does a good job.

Shouldn't be that hard to find a suitable replacement.

I liked the Batushka album a lot, but the vocals were nothing that special. Just your average BM vocals. Finding a replacement to replicate that can't be that hard.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:40 am 
 

Somar wrote:
MikeyC wrote:
That's unfortunate. :( But hopefully the replacement does a good job.

Shouldn't be that hard to find a suitable replacement.

I liked the Batushka album a lot, but the vocals were nothing that special. Just your average BM vocals. Finding a replacement to replicate that can't be that hard.


+1

That band is solid as hell, but while the vocals weren't bad and overall fit the band, they were still the least interesting thing about them by a long shot. They can probably find someone better with more dynamic range and more overall conviction in his vocal delivery - that would suit the band very well.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:30 am 
 

hermh guy strikes again
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:35 am 
 

Somar wrote:
MikeyC wrote:
That's unfortunate. :( But hopefully the replacement does a good job.

Shouldn't be that hard to find a suitable replacement.

I liked the Batushka album a lot, but the vocals were nothing that special. Just your average BM vocals. Finding a replacement to replicate that can't be that hard.


Same sentiments here. And hopefully, they'll be able to release their follow-up soon!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:10 am 
 

Whilst the band searches for a more permanent replacement, he will be temporarily replaced by a CD of Slavic Christmas songs.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:00 am 
 

Acrobat wrote:
Whilst the band searches for a more permanent replacement, he will be temporarily replaced by a CD of Slavic Christmas songs.


Haha, that's a good one. And economical.
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Lord_Jotun
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:42 am 
 

First Ghost, now this. Man, you really need to consult a lawyer before joining these nameless members gimmick bands.

At any rate, I didn't care much for their cd, but this might seriously be a positive turn for them. The regular harsh vocals were bland and forgettable, and the guy carries a really shitty reputation thanks to his inept behavior with his label. Getting rid of him may benefit both their music and their credibility.
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OceanOfViolence
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:15 pm 
 

Acrobat wrote:
Whilst the band searches for a more permanent replacement, he will be temporarily replaced by a CD of Slavic Christmas songs.

I would absolutely love that to be a reality.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:26 pm 
 

Lord_Jotun wrote:
Man, you really need to consult a lawyer before joining these nameless members gimmick bands.


Ahahahah very true :D :D :D
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:09 pm 
 

Oh boy here we go. Gotta say this whole situation is pretty disappointing.

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We would like to address the statement published on the (then) Batushka Instagram last Sunday:
Kris, our former guitarist, was told earlier this month that he would not participate in Batushka activities as we move into 2019. Kris was disappointed but understanding. We tried on multiple occasions to regain access to the Instagram page which was solely controlled by Kris. We had hoped that Kris would follow through with his promises to hand back control of Batushka’s Instagram but clearly that was not the case. This prompted a claim to have any pages operated by Kris, shut down based on intellectual property and trademark ownership.
Rest assured, everything will be reinstated soon!
Batushka is moving ahead with plans to release new music and begin a new touring cycle in 2019!
MORE NEWS COMING SOON!

official BATUSHKA/БАТЮШКА communication channels:
FB: https: //www.facebook.com/Batushkaband/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batushkaband/
Site : http://batushkaofficial.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYBy4E ... subscriber
webstore: https://www.batushkastore.com/
webstoreFB:https://www.facebook.com/BatushkaWebstore/
e-mail: batushka@batushkaofficial.com


Posted to facebook via the batushka page about an hour ago.

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Derigin
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:13 pm 
 

Yep, it looks like Bart is now claiming that Krzysztof is actually the one who was kicked out of the band...
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GrayChild
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:51 pm 
 

Pretty much everyone who knows the band members is taking Krzysztof's side.

Still, it would be good to hear statements from the live collaborators of the band. This whole thing is pretty embarrassing for all involved parties.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:08 pm 
 

Count me in for the Krzysztof Drabikowski version of the band going forward. The really boring, overly modern sounding harsh vocals always kept me from enjoying this band as much as other people seem to, so I can only imagine that essentially any replacement at all would be a step in the right direction.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:13 pm 
 

Why is it so hard for people in semi-popular bands to act like fucking adults. This is some high school level drama and they should be fucking ashamed.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:48 am 
 

narsilianshard wrote:
Why is it so hard for people in semi-popular bands to act like fucking adults. This is some high school level drama and they should be fucking ashamed.

I don't really think it's something specific to semi-popular bands. There's plenty of drama in small unknown bands as well, it's just that other than the people they know in real life, no one gives a fuck--and there's plenty of drama in bigger bands too. More like "why is it so hard for people in general to act like fucking adults", I guess.

But you're right this is high school level drama and utterly embarrassing.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:27 am 
 

narsilianshard wrote:
Why is it so hard for people in semi-popular bands to act like fucking adults. This is some high school level drama and they should be fucking ashamed.


My guess is money. I'm guessing there was already drama going on within the band then they got a little money and it destroyed everything.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:17 pm 
 

I find it especially fascinating when hijacking social media accounts gets taken into account. It seems really silly just talking about it but it can really cripple a band's momentum. It's very telling of how bands have to conduct themselves in the modern era.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:21 pm 
 

Something that hasn't been said:

Bart owns Witching Hour Productions.
Batushka was signed to Witching Hour Productions.
There were rumors that Batushka was conceived to bring in money for WH (makes sense, they're by far the most profitable on the label, and gimmick aside, the riffs aren't that creative).
Batushka then switched to Metal Blade Records.
Bart was still in Batushka.

It was going to go downhill.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:25 pm 
 

For a band with 1 album there is way too much fucking drama... I thought it was a great album, but not the be all end all that it's been made out to be. Just make another album already.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:32 pm 
 

bart guy is a a shithead, witching hour productions is a shit label. band is nothing special, but i imagine it's money related since they get jocked pretty hard still.
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GrayChild
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:42 pm 
 

Peyp wrote:
Something that hasn't been said:

Bart owns Witching Hour Productions.
Batushka was signed to Witching Hour Productions.
There were rumors that Batushka was conceived to bring in money for WH (makes sense, they're by far the most profitable on the label, and gimmick aside, the riffs aren't that creative).
Batushka then switched to Metal Blade Records.
Bart was still in Batushka.

It was going to go downhill.


This is partially true.

Batushka was not not created strictly for monetary gain or bringing more attention to Witching Hour. Most of the material, lyrical concept, even the artwork was done solely by Drabikowski. On top of that the album was done in his personal studio. The only reason Krysiuk joined the band was because Kris needed a session vocalist, and both already knew each other from their mutual stint with Hermh.

Following that Krysiuk offered Drabikowski to distribute their debut through Witching Hour. This also included handling the merch, as well as arranging some gigs given that Krysiuk has quite a lot of connections in the Polish underground scene.

Krysiuk has indeed filed a trademark claim behind Drabikowski's back. It is now in full effect, which is why he managed to close down the original Instagram account of the band:

https://trademark.trademarkia.com/ctm/b ... 918713.htm

There is another rumor going right now. Krysiuk has hired another Polish band (Thaw) to record his followup of Litourgyia. Meanwhile Drabikowski is almost done with his followup as well.

P.S. A live shot of Bart back at his Hermh days, for your viewing pleasure:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:37 pm 
 

Krysiuk is a piece of shit.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:33 am 
 

What a goddamn clusterfuck. Is this Bart guy trying to become the Polish Blake? He sure got the laughably inept label part right with Witching Hour; now he's moving on to fucking over his musical partners. I guess cardboard cutout bootlegs will replace wooden boxes next?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:41 am 
 

This thread prompted me to check out this album. Good listen.

I don't give a shit about this drama.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:14 pm 
 

No one is buying it on the Batushka FB page, general consensus is that bart is being a dick.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:10 pm 
 

Soon we will have Batushka of Fire.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:34 pm 
 

and also luca turilli's batushka
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Batushka of Fire A.D. Inc. Featuring Tony Iommi
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Keep 'em coming guys, those names are getting slicker and more marketable.
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dont forget batushka inc

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:26 pm 
 

Batushka Starring Bartłomiej Krysiuk the Original Voice

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^Stole my goddamn joke as I was typing it. You win this round.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:01 pm 
 

Official statement from Krzysztof:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_zJ0DUpFOc

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My name is Krzysztof “Derph” Drabikowski. Most of You know me by the moniker Христофоръ, the leader and creator of the musical project Batushka. I am recording this video because I have lost control over Batushka’s website, Facebook page, webstore and as of Tuesday, even the Instagram account. This is the only way I can tell You what is happening and how my former vocalist is trying to take the band away from me. I created Batushka in the spring of 2015. I am the author of the music, lyrics, the name, the painting that you know from the album cover and the overall monk image idea. I have made the musical arrangements, wrote the melodies and recorded most of the instruments on the Litourgiya album in my private home studio. Before the finishing touches I invited Bartłomiej Krysiuk to do the vocals according to my guidelines, and Marcin Bielemiuk to re-record my drums parts on acoustic percussion. Batushka was meant to be an anonymous musical project, and from the beginning the idea was to keep the line-up unknown to the public so that the listeners could focus their attention on the musical experience itself. The album, released by Krysiuk’s underground label, became a hit. The demand for live shows from all over the world was enormous. So, I decided to, with the help of my friends, bring Batushka's music on to the live stage. During the past two years I have written and recorded the material for the second Batushka album, and Krysiuk pressed me to release it as soon as possible. As I wasn't satisfied with the results yet, I postponed the release of the follower of Litourgiya which followed with Krysiuk declaring he is leaving the band. On the Friday of the 21st of December I learned that Krysiuk hired musicians to produce an album that he planned to release as the new Batushka record, behind my back! He also registered Batushka as his personal trademark. Before I managed to do anything, he cut off my access to all Batushka's media platforms, and tries to enforce some kind of censorship on all media interested in the band situation. In response I have taken legal action and have been advised by my lawyer to not say anything further. All the new pictures you see on the website and Facebook page are of Krysiuk and random people like his son pretending to be Batushka. Every upcoming festival claiming to have Batushka in their line-up has made a deal with Krysiuk and not me. I would like to kindly ask You to copy and share this message wherever You can. Let the truth be heard. As of now the only true Batushka will be that without Krysiuk behind the mic. Thank You for watching and thank You for Your support.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:40 am 
 

Wow, what a giant asshole. I think normally a situation like this would be fine since dedicated metalheads would follow the story and Krzysztof's real version of the band, but this band really has blown up to be quite huge recently, so I can imagine more casual metal fans who like Batushka might be in the dark about this and pay money to see the fake version of the band instead.
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