Hellfire (studio album) by Black Midi
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The best album by Black Midi is Schlagenheim which is ranked number 814 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,274.
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There are a bunch of degens gambling at a horse track where the announcer keeps getting distracted - every other thing he says has nothing to do with the race at all, but is instead panicking about the rise of fascism and dangers of climate change. Nobody even notices. Then 2 religious extremist groups bomb the whole place simultaneously just as the race ends. There was no communication between the terrorists, the attacks have just become so common that the coincidence isn't even noted. Half of the debris and bomb fragments and body parts and shrapnel get auctioned off before the auctioneer stops for a quick meth/crack break to sell off the other half of the aftermath even faster. One corporation wins all of it and makes a collage out of the juiciest bits and sells it to an art collector for double what it spent. All of this gets reported on the news, but the closest any viewers get to empathy is in the middle of furiously masturbating when they orgasm so hard that they die and go to hell. They love it down there, the torture just keeps strengthening them until they're ready to take on heaven. So they get up there and slaughter everything handily before returning to earth and possessing all of the fascist leaders and all of the liberal leaders who finally see eye to eye. We have world peace for about 5 seconds until they decide the best way to deal with our problems is to burn through all of the fossil fuels as fast as we can and fill the oceans with plastic straight from the factories. They meet in this huge ballroom where they alternatively dance the flamenco and fucking waltz until long after all their skin falls off of their old dinosaur bones. And by waltz, I really do mean waltz. Others in faraway lands outside the ballroom are thrashing around, but not to music. They're just on fire. Most of them still don't even realize it.
That's what's going on sonically anyway. Lyrically? Don't ask me, I have no idea what's being sung about this time. I can't even say that I "like" it. I appreciate it. I'm "feeling" it. I sit in awe of it, I don't move to it. How could you move to it? What would you be doing, the flamenco, then waltz, in between headbanging (b/c that's literally what the music is switching between)? Like if the pyramids were outside my house I'd probably look at them multiple times a day and wonder how exactly they got there. That's this record - pyramids in between "Cavalcade" and "For The First Time" and I just listen to it a couple times a day and sit there and wonder how the fuck we got here. In a perfect world, we wouldn't be "vibing" to this. This wouldn't even exist because nothing would prompt the insanity and desperation and hopelessness behind it. If people there could hear it, they'd laugh and sarcastically ask, "what planet is this from?" The answer of course would be this planet. Enjoy your Hellfire.
These kids are nuts.
Wow. I'm absolutely speechless. The boys have really outdone themselves with this one. This might just overthrow Ants From Up Here for my aoty.
I found ‘Hellfire’ to be a brilliant, fascinating and ambitious expansion from where the band left off on ‘Cavalcade’. I love how much they’re leaning into the world they’ve created and aren’t afraid to keep delving further.
This is insane.
Hellfire is very similar to Cavalcade – the changes from Schlangenheim stylistically are mostly consistent, even down the cover art – it's hard to consider this as anything other than a 2nd half. After the brief title-track opener, Sugar/Tzu just sounds like it picks up exactly where Ascending Fourths ends – its motifs are very close. Eat Men Eat is really the only truly chaotic song on this album (everything else is just very crisp and contained), but god it just transitions into Welcome to Hell superbly. Some transitions have a great ability to change what you focus on in the next song, and in this case the formalist absurdism of welcome to hell comes through very well in the context of the album (in isolation it's just a bit flat). Picton's vocals on Still are just not as interesting as they are on Eat Men Eat, but the song has a nice tonal shift in it. However, I remain unconvinced by the 4 last (very jam orientated) tracks that follow the interlude, but Dangerous Liasons and (especially) 27 Questions are the exemplars of the heightened theatricality of Hellfire over previous releases. In these cases emphasis on the theatre; 27 Questions is littered with musical theatre song tropes, and this is at least interesting but ultimately feels like just a gimmick introduced to their sound to mix it up a little – despite what on paper feels like a 180 turn, Black Midi on these tracks just sound like they're regurgitating the same things. Maybe this is the ultimate shortcoming of improv/jam composition, you can end up getting into comfortable terrain. At least the sound remains compelling.
Brilliant in the most disarming way possible. Perhaps the most consequential band since Radiohead. I simply cannot get enough. Full surrender.
These guys are at a whole 'nother level. Their 3 records so far have been just otherwordly.
Black Midi’s songwriting skills, technical chops and musical creativity have all found their share of praise over the years, but never did I think they would coalesce and strengthen themselves so soon. Hellfire is phenomenal, a show-stopping showcase of the most daring band in the world taking their thrilling band of rock to the next level.
Every single one of the individual songs on Hellfire, possibly excluding the interlude ‘Half Time,’ is astonishing in its attention to detail. No stone is left unturned in bringing lush life to these accounts of sin. The performances, too, are exquisite. While Cameron Picton excels as always with two strong vocal performances, it is Geordie Greep who sounds most invigorated; his vocals on Hellfire are his strongest yet, ranging from Cavalcade-era crooning on ‘The Defence’ to Schlagnheim-y auctioneering in ‘The Race Is About to Begin.’ Morgan Simpson remains, as always, the best drummer in the world; his versatility, power and complexity on Hellfire continue to boggle the mind.
While Black Midi’s creative process does not contain ‘genre’ in its lexicon, I would argue that Hellfire fits fairly neatly into the category of progressive rock. However, they do not traffic in the sedentary sounds of modern prog on here. In many senses, this album is the purest essence of what progressive rock should be: not a stylized sound, but an ethos. Everything here is played with absurd technicality, but nothing is played for its own sake: all of these tremendous moving parts have a purpose of their own, and their inclusion furthers the musical experience. The tools Black Midi possess are utilized for the purpose of songcraft, and boy, does Hellfire have its fair share of songs. Each track is a miniature fable unto itself, again with the sole exception ‘Half Time;’ even those thirty seconds have a clear role of delineation within the wider anthology of misdeeds chronicled on this album.
If anything, this proves that Black Midi are among the greatest, most original bands of the 21st century. Comparisons to their friends in BC,NR’s masterwork Ants from Up There will no doubt abound, but the two groups have gone in separate artistic directions in spite of their personal kinship. Let us instead revel in the fact that we are blessed with not one, but two outrageously talented groups, each with wonderful discographies behind them and dazzling futures ahead.
The boys have become theater kids
Black Midi has gone full maximalist on this record and it's quite stunning. I loved Cavalcade and did not think at first that this album even came close, but this album takes many listens to fully digest. Cavalcade came off as immediately likeable to me for some reason, I think it's because it is a more straightforward album. No two consecutive seconds sound similar on this album, it's all over the place. And yet, each track is completely cohesive and the progressions make sense, nothing feels out of place.
I think this album is their best achievement yet. To think how complex their songs sounded back in 2019, how far they've come. Godspeed Boyos
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