Batushka (Derph Version) is Teasing a Documentary Promising “The Truth”
Update: As several fans have pointed out, this teaser was made by Bartłomiej “Bart” Krysiuk, not Krzysztof “Derph” Drabikowski! Apologies for the fuck up. This story is confusing.
Batushka fans have spoken, and it seems that most have sided with founding guitarist Krzysztof “Derph” Drabikowski in the ongoing legal battle over the band’s name. While it was one thing for fans to back Derph over the alleged hijacking of the band by vocalist Bartłomiej “Bart” Krysiuk, who is currently signed with Metal Blade records, at the end of the day the music did all the talking: Derph’s Batushka made a better record, and one that was more true to the sound of the band’s explosive debut, Litourgiya. Bart’s Batushka, meanwhile, announced a big fall U.S. tour that’s getting absolutely pummeled on the internet.
Drabikowski has been mostly quiet, without a word about the ongoing drama since May when he touted a court injunction temporarily barring Krysiuk from using the Batushka name (it was eventually overturned). But now he’s back. And he wants to share “the truth.”
In a new one-minute trailer for a documentary titled Uncovering the Truth, a hooded character walks through the countryside carrying the Russian Orthodox cross while chyrons flash across the screen displaying text such as “Silence hurts like a whip,” presumably a reference to Derph’s hibernation, “But sometimes silence is the only way of telling the TRUTH.” The hooded figure takes the cross to a tree and stakes it in the ground, perhaps intimating a burial of some kind, as the band’s logo flashes across the screen. Whatever the metaphor is, this much is clear: Derph is going to tell his story.
Krysiuk, meanwhile, hasn’t said anything about the ongoing lawsuit. Multiple requests by MetalSucks to speak with Krysiuk and label personnel have been declined, citing the ongoing litigation. We’ll just have to wait and see and what his side of the story is, too.
[via Ghost Cult Mag]