After the recent news that Dimmu Borgir would be pulling out of this years edition of Bloodstock Festival due to illness, the festival organisers announced early this morning that Polish Black metal outfit Batushka would step in as a replacement.
The news would prove to divide opinion with many expressing their displeasure at the announcement given the controversy surrounding the band as of late.
For those who may have been living under a rock over the past few months, the band recently suffered a lineup split with both sides claiming to be the real version of the band. Krzysztof Drabikowski, the original brains behind the project went on to address the situation in a youtube video shortly after the split.
Drabikowski would go on to release his own Batushka album entitled 'Panihida', a record met widely with praise meanwhile Metal Blade Records own Batushka would release 'Hospodi'.
Many fans have taken to social media to voice their opinions. One fan wrote "Disappointed that they've been booked to be honest.This band was stolen from it's creator, it's bad that festivals are ignoring what happened and still booking them", Whilst other fans praised the festival bookers for finding a replacement mere days away from the gates opening.
Batushka play the festivals main stage on Sunday.
Krzysztof Drabikowski's Batushka album 'Panihida' can be downloaded here
Metal Blades Batushka album 'Hospodi' is available now through Metal Blade Records.
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