Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

A story has no beginning or end;

Arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.

Graham Greene, the End of the Affair, 1951


To those who witnessed the Batushka phenomenon, there will be no turning back. We will love them forever.

Pick any moment of the show.

Thessaloniki, Greece, September 14th, 2018:

They remain mysterious and unapproachable AF for the sake of sustaining their enigmatic anonymity. No interviews. No mingling. No questions asked no questions answered.

Which is a good marketing strategy if you ask me because here we are talking about that, and it is four in the morning, but sleep is for the weak.

They were amazing.  Nightmarish, atmospheric and captivating from the very first moment to the very end.

It’s definitely the whole package that’s hypnotizing: The costumes, the skulls, the candles, the marvelous chanting followed by dark screams. They somehow found the perfect balance between heavy doom, macabre aura, distorted riffs and disembodied vocals.

And all those elements blended together seamlessly as if they were made for each other. It did not look fake, it did not look rehearsed, it did not feel like a show. It felt as if you were trapped in a movie and woke up to the ghastliest place, in the middle of a ceremony, surrounded by fleshy, faceless shadows.

It was an epic, blackened, soul bruising performance that will hopefully haunt our dreams forevermore…

Until the next one,


watch the full show by Industry Kills here.




17 thoughts on “Батюшка

  1. КристофорBC says:

    Thank you for the kind words queen Chelf

  2. Alex says:

    Ήταν φανταστική συναυλία όντως, απορώ πως σού άρεσε συναυλία χωρις moshing, Chelf

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Μην πιστευεις ο,τι ακους φιλε μου.

  3. Gareth Lynch says:

    Not a big fan of Batushka but you are makin me second guess my self now

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      good 😉 Give them another go, maybe you’ll see what I see. If not, we’ll find another common ground.

  4. Anna Bathory says:

    More or less sounds like an amazing show. Glad you got to go.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      It really was Anna <3 Thank you for stopping by!

  5. anonymous just because says:

    Hahaahaa It was you then! I thought I saw you there.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      next time come say hi 🙂

  6. Steven R. says:

    Really unique and original at what they do. Great review, thank you for sharing.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      They sure know how to captivate their audience. As for being truly original, well we’ve seen crazy epic drama on stage before but they somehow make it sound and look fresh.

  7. Ronda Millian says:

    Never heard of them before, they look spooky man!

  8. Nickolas Flondelini says:

    In all honesty I never thought I would enjoy a grotesque band like that but you make it sound interesting. Let me check them out..

  9. Iason K says:

    Are they Polish?

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      They are.

  10. Liam says:

    wow, beautiful pics as always chelf. Thank you for another great review!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Liam

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