black midi - schlagenheim
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #63 / 423
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Based on 642 ratings
2019 Ratings: #5
June 21, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

93
Paste

Schlagenheim is beyond weird. Schlagenheim is a legitimate one of a kind record. Schlagenheim is a masterpiece.

90
musicOMH

Schlagenheim will open up a whole new bottle of weird, if you let it in.

86
GIGsoup

black midi have created something powerful and individualistic through their upheavals, and as for where they go from here, the sky is absolutely the limit.

85
Northern Transmissions

‘Schlagenheim’ is an adventure through ever-changing noise and evolving, textured soundscapes.

85
The Line of Best Fit

black midi are playful, silly, provocative and aggressive, all while maintaining a free-spirited, lackadaisical air that becomes further entwined into their narrative by their reliance on improvisatory passages and jamming.

85
The 405

Pining for some rigid label is futile, because it's one of the most unique rock records released this year and maybe of the past five years.

83
Consequence of Sound

Schlagenheim is in turns explosive and subdued (mostly explosive), an energetic, challenging listen start to finish.

82
Pitchfork

The London guitar band’s debut is twitchy, hair-raising, always on the move. They harken back to a more esoteric era of indie with a magnetic and dazzling style.

80
Loud and Quiet

Schlagenheim possesses a genuine sense of experimentalism – just for the wonderment of creating something that feels new, rather than simply for the sake of it.

80
Clash

An arresting, astonishing experience, ‘Schlagenheim’ is a vital, stunning, puzzling album, one that demands to be heard.

80
AllMusic

As a first chapter, Schlagenheim crackles with the same excitement as ground breaking records that came before it did when expanding the known boundaries of experimental sounds.

80
NME

As a first chapter, Schlagenheim crackles with the same excitement as ground breaking records that came before it did when expanding the known boundaries of experimental sounds.

80
Rolling Stone

With nods to King Crimson, Talking Heads, Death Grips, and many others, London’s Black Midi creates a unique brand of cathartic punishment on their excellent debut.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

black midi aim to dazzle and perform, and with Schlagenheim, their mammoth ideations never cease to thrill, the product of a boundless creative spirit and unwavering technicality.

80
The Needle Drop

Right out of the gate, black midi has crafted one of the decade's most creative rock albums.

80
God Is in the TV

Parts of Schlagenheim will connect immediately, but you have to give it time and spins for it all to fall into place. It’s not always a comfortable listen and it won’t be for everyone but it’s exciting to see where they’ll go next.

80
Exclaim!

It does little to dispel any of the mystery that surrounds the band, even while proving them worthy of the praise they've received across the pond.

70
Spectrum Culture

Schlagenehim is an impressive, protean, raucous debut that grabs listeners by their shirt-collars and drags them along for the ride.

70
No Ripcord

Schlagenheim, the London post-punk quartet's debut, spins in all directions and without any warning, executed with youthful, frenetic energy.

60
The Guardian

As a whole, Schlagenheim is an imperfect, intriguing debut: behind the overheated prose lurks a young, self-conscious band who clearly aren’t as fully formed as the hype suggests.

60
PopMatters

Technically proficient but emotionally shallow, Schlagenheim too often feels like feeding all mathcore and post-punk into a neural network and releasing the result.

PipePanic
98
Oh.

My.

Fucking.

God.

Listen to this album please. For the love of GOD listen to this record. Thanks.

...Your wanting a review longer then that huh?

Ok, so, for context, I had no idea who or what black midi was going into this project. I had no idea what sound they had, who was in the band, or any knowledge of the album going into this record. All I vaguely knew was that it's described as post-punk, but that could mean 15 different things to 30 different people.

So what exactly DID black ... read more
Inglume
87
MY COLD CANADIAN ASS GOT REPEATEDLY POUNDED ON BY BRITISH DUDES FOR 43 MINUTES STRAIGHT.

Wow, I am very impressed with this debut, it's definitely one of the most distinct records I've heard all year! Black midi delivers a collection of very intriguing math rock songs that are not only creative in sound and takes promising risks, but showcases some of the most enjoyable, fun collections of distinct songs I've heard thus far in 2019!

You either love it or you hate it. When it comes down to ... read more
thomasny18
90
Schlagenheim is the highly anticipated debut album by Black Midi, a math rock band hailing from Croydon, London (which I was actually born in btw). Their hype has mostly been generated through their live performances uploaded on to the internet, making them already gain somewhat of a cult following.

Now, what I will say is that while I was still very much on the Black Midi hype train, I can't say I was extremely impressed by their previous singles, at least not as much as the hardcore fans, ... read more
Bjartolini
98
edit 5: ok lets not get TOO carried away

edit 4: saw them live. fuck it, lets bump it to 100, WOOOOOOOO

edit 3: its been three weeks ish and i have listened to this album every day since release some times multiple times a day and man this just gets even better and better. I truly believe this album is one of the best this decade and i'm so excited for the future of black MIDI, these guys just have it and they are barely out of their teens. it is fucking mindblowing. Just that kinda band that ... read more
Plats
99
As a musician who's trying to perfect his own sound, there is that one recent release that becomes the perfect component. There's Danny Brown's "Atrocity Exhibition", The Voidz' "Virtue", Daughters' "You Won't Get What You Want"... and then there's black midi's "Schlagenheim". Ho-ly fuck.

This record has EVERYTHING I was looking for! All three vocalists have the charisma, energy and eccentricity to fit in with the noisy wall of sound! The math ... read more
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Track List

  1. 953
  2. Speedway
  3. Reggae
  4. Near DT, MI
  5. Western
  6. Of Schlagenheim
  7. Bmbmbm
  8. Years Ago
  9. Ducter
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