The path of Mord'A'Stigmata is the one of constant growth. Always on the fringes, the group formed in 2004 and helmed by guitarist, composer and main visionary Static has maintained a reasonable distance from the main routes extreme music had followed, forming its identity year by year. Originating from Poland's ever-blooming black metal underground, the band has however shunned all stylistic limitations right in the very beginning, and with each release manifested their defiant nature as well as the ability to embrace and explore new sonic lattitudes.
After the success of their last full-length “Ansia” (2013) and “Our Hearts Slow Down” EP (2015) – both exposing the group to the worldwide attention - Mord'A'Stigmata return with another big musical statement and what has every chance to become their most accomplished work to date. Divided into four chapters, “Hope” is a ride into the palest corners of the void within oneself. Mord'a'Stigmata's fourth full-length conveys a landscape of deep melancholy adorned with sparks of light. To some it will bring anguish, while providing release to others.
I happened upon Batushka by clicking on a suggested video on YouTube and Yekteniya 3 was the one that I heard first. From there, I was hooked. Yektoniya 3 constantly haunts me to the point where I have to get my daily/weekly fix of it. Overall the whole Litourgiya album is perfection from start to finish. I am enamored by it all from the chants to the harsh vocals to the energetic guitar playing to the thunderous drums. Excellent! Lanna E