Raskol is a five-part story contained in the songs – “Irmoses,” combined into one coherent whole. The lyrical part of the story was created based on own interpretations of the texts contained in the “Sticherarion” book which disappeared from common liturgical use after the reform of liturgical books carried out by Patriarch Nikon in the 17th century.

As of today, this book is used by old believers of all confessions and was one of the reasons for the Great Schism of the 17th century and the division in the Orthodox Church.

Раскол/Raskol, the five song EP by BATUSHKA, will be released August 7th Via Witching Hour Productions.

Musically, BATUSHKA returns to its roots, skillfully expanding the atmosphere of the 2015 debut, giving it a new, developed form of a dark monastic sound. You can also hear another step in the musical development of the band and inspirations from the Eastern Orthodox culture, not only relating to Byzantine Greece or the Russian monody.

Maciej Szupica, an artist from Podlasie, took care of the graphic concept of the release as well as the cover art. The recordings took place in May this year in which the entire eight-person ensemble participated. The release will have its premiere on August 7th in digital form, classic CD, limited digipack, and cassette. A month later, limited vinyl versions will appear. We invite you to listen to the second single “ИРМОС III / IRMOS III,” heralding the first EP in the band’s discography.

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Theron Moore has been freelance writing since 1989 as a staff writer for SLAM Magazine (Stateline Area Magazine, Northern IL / Southern WI), and contributor to Jake Wiseley’s (Red Decibel Records) Sheet Metal Magazine. He’s also published zines Louder Than God, The Saint Vitus Press & Poetry Review, For Those About to Rock, and blogs Church of the Necronomicon and All My Friends Are Rock Stars (AMFARS). Moore has contributed music, & movie reviews, and artist interviews to websites horrornews.net, Wormwood Chronicles, The Sludgelord, New Noise Magazine and Metal Forces Magazine. He is the author of All My Friends Are Rock Stars, Volumes I-III; Gangsters, Harlots and Thieves; Belvidere, Books & Guns; Blood on the Screen, Blood on the Page; all titles available on Amazon.

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