Bagg Tussa
баґґтусса


3.0
good

Review

by TheSpirit USER (160 Reviews)
September 28th, 2019 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Goddess Tussa, show me the way

There have been few things in black metal that opportunists have jumped onto as quickly as the Batushka controversy. Seizing this brief moment, there have been three acts outside of the Drabikowski and Krysiuk camps to claim "The Gift of God"; Batushka, the third of its name from Poland whose debut EP 6 Schisms is just on the horizon, Batyushka a group of "Russian priests" that have inexplicably released FOUR full-lengths albums since September 12th, and lastly Bagg Tussa, a Ukrainian entity "forged by the orthodox cult figure" Krylow. While one would (rightfully) assume the dubious quality of these interlopers, it may come to surprise that the last figure Bagg Tussa's premiere demo баґґтусса is a surprisingly competent effort to replicate the album that made Batuskha a name worth fighting over, Litourgiya.

With a cover adorned by an eerily excitable religious figure cradling an equally as unsettling Baby Jesus, a cursory glace at баґґтусса reeks of parody. And while that very well may be Ba-true-shka, first track "баґґтусса I" makes it a bit more difficult to glean the true intentions of Bagg Tussa; it is a genuinely exciting song that evokes the same Eastern European-tinged mysticism of Litourgiya. The guitars are driven forward purposefully by songwriting the ebbs and flows between bass-heavy tremolo riffs and more nuanced lead guitar melodies. While there a no screams or shrieks to be heard, Krylow's chants have an interesting duality about them; commanding in one breadth and vulnerable in the next, his operatic warbling is surprisingly captivating despite its limited range. As a standalone track, it is a fantastic piece of black metal. Unfortunately, the following number ""баґґтусса I" isn't as much bad as it is completely useless. Seven minutes long and consisting of nothing but chiming bells, it serves as an anti-climactic end to what could have another Litourgiya-tier track.

Despite its relative brevity and the fact it may very well be parody, баґґтусса is a short release that somehow delivers an unexpected yet pleasant wrinkle in Batushka-gate. If Krylow decides to continue Bagg Tussa and keeps releasing tracks like "баґґтусса I", Drabikowski and Krysiuk may have more than each other to worry about.



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TheSpirit
September 28th 2019


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Had to do it to 'em.



I genuinely believe "баґґтусса I" is a 3.5 or higher track and hope this dude makes more music, whether under this moniker or not.

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TheSpirit
September 28th 2019


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You can listen to this EP here btw:



https://baggtussa.bandcamp.com/releases

PunchforPunch
September 28th 2019


7085 Comments


Dude Drabikowski needs to watch his back

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2019


17287 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Did you just review a 2019 album? What will happen next?

TheSpirit
September 28th 2019


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not only is it a 2019 release but it came out less than a week ago.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2019


9622 Comments


The new trend; playing extreme metal and putting Greek Orthodox Christian paintings as album art.

Relinquished
September 28th 2019


47777 Comments


no way, another one

DDDeftoneDDD
September 28th 2019


20497 Comments


I like the smiles

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garas
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2019


7259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[2]



I have to chek this one.

garas
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2019


7259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, this was pretty cool. I'll give a 3.5 because they're selling socks as merch LOL.



(There was a little typo: your forgot the second "I" at the chiming bell track, that is

"баґґтусса II")

zaruyache
September 28th 2019


25262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is the kind of content we need here.

Pikazilla
September 28th 2019


23183 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

batushkas helping me bring my objectivity score up

TheSpirit
September 29th 2019


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Glad to see some 3’s and a 3.5! Even the 2.5 is more than I expected.

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
October 7th 2019


11825 Comments


The REAL Batushka:

https://m.soundcloud.com/gamaliel-nunquam/batuwushka-weebeniya-i

CaliggyJack
October 30th 2019


8842 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this sucks



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