Schlagenheim (album) by Black Midi

Schlagenheim
Schlagenheim by Black Midi
Year: 2019
Release date: 2019-06-21
Overall rank: 1,203rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 271 votes)
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Award Top albums of the 2010s (176th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,203rd)
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85/100
From 05/21/2020 08:30
Wow, I guess this album will become a classic in time!
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40/100
From 02/29/2020 12:37
Only song that I liked was Western, also Ducter was okay, the other songs sounds more or less like chaotic noise. I like bands like Mars Volta or Swans, which have a similar approach, but this doesn't sound appealing or interesting to me. Sometimes there are good ideas in a song, but I wouldn't want to hear the whole song again.
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60/100
From 02/20/2020 22:28
I can really appreciate music that plays with rhythms, but I'm not just gonna praise everyone that does that. I've heard better. It's too random: I want my experimental music to make me go "how do you come up with that?", and not "why do you come up with that. Here and there they go into Trout Mask Replica territory too with melodies that don't make sense, quite succesfully I have to say, but I still have to hear one example of that style that really convinces me to take it serious. This is definitely not going to do the trick, for me (which isn't important) and for future artists. That is: we will not hear anything of this in the future, if we're going to assume this band added anything considerably to the style in the first place. The vocals sound like all '80s metal bands. The riffs too (I mean the snippets), even though they sometimes seem to go to hardcore punk too; I mean why not, it's already decades after any of those genres are any relevant, so there's no need to feel any rivalry.
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75/100
From 01/07/2020 08:18
A sprightly stiching of well-worn threads, still nicer to admire at in the window than to actually wear but provides a solid fusion nonetheless if nowhere near the genre-breaking stroke of genius it's being hyped up to be... temper expectations and it will be a lot more rewarding.
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75/100
From 01/02/2020 21:56
Pretty cool. Reminds me occasionally of obscure 70s prog band Amon Duul IIs album "Wolf City" and at times some of those post punk revival bands from the early 2000s.
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80/100
From 12/19/2019 22:26
The whole album really reminds me of Discipline era King Crimson, Slint and the Talking Heads. Excellent first project and I'm excited to see where they go for the next one.
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90/100
From 11/19/2019 15:03
A refreshing re-invigoration of post-hardcore with the complexity of math rock while also sporting neo-prog flourishes and an irreverent, self-indulgent art punk inventiveness that is equal parts playful and dense. A modern classic in the making.
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From 11/09/2019 16:00
She moves with a porpoise
*Noise*
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From 09/11/2019 14:11

black midi is not just a hype, for several months, I promise a bright future for this new English band. The four musicians have risen with ridiculous ease to the rank of the most exciting band of the UK underground scene, claiming their outsider status by an incredible stage presence. Everything starts with a live recorded in the studios of the KEXP radio. They become the ones we expect, they intrigue the specialized press and remain however in a virtual silence. And after months of waiting, the time of the first effort has finally come; "Schlagenheim" is released. The first impression must always be the strongest; and that, black midi understood it well. The visual and musical chaos offered by the quartet is in fact perfectly controlled. Architects of anarchy, black midi also know how to slow down the pace. Schlagenheim has just closed the question that burned the lips of all music lovers: black midi are not just a hype. They are reinventing guitar rock with one of the most dazzling debut album of the decade.

9/10

Best track: "Near DT, MI"
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75/100
From 09/03/2019 23:35
BRIT school alumni Black Midi are probably the most hyped underground indie/alt rock band in Britain at the moment. After a string of live recordings and singles, they have released a chaotic blend of This Heat, Silent Alarm-era Bloc Party, Slint and Daughters, channeling unorthodox structures, eccentric vocal habits and obscure lyricism. While the band is clearly anchored by the unrelenting, cartwheeling Geordie Greep, it's apparent that every member contributes towards songwriting responsibilities. Fronted by bassist Cameron Picton, 'Speedway' is a low key highlight with it's intuitive crescendos and drops and deceptively simple chord progression. Elsewhere, guitarist Matt Kelvin helms Years Ago, which builds tension in it's suspended-in-animation verses before dropping into pummeling choruses driven by angular guitar riffs, blistering hi hats and incomprehensible, gutteral screaming.

Translating the dynamism of their live shows to the studio was always going to be difficult, and unfortunately everything other than drums has been mixed in a way that sounds cluttered, flat and squashed with the guitars of Greep and Kelvin tugging against eachother for breathing space. This may be aesthetic choice (Greep has been quoted as saying his favourite records are those where the artists are still finding their way around their own songs), but it's also possible the lack of clarity in the mix is a missed opportunity. Aside from this, an incredibly satisfying and promising debut from an exciting (and incredibly noisy) band.
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