black midi - Schlagenheim
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #101 / 790
Year End Rank: #25
User Score
2019 Ratings: #5
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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.

90
Gigwise
Amongst their infectious mystery, black midi offer an enticing musicality that transcends scene or common genre, but instead captures modern virtuosity at its finest.
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
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.

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
The Needle Drop

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

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
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
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
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
Clash

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

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
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.

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.

PipePanic
100

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

zachthesnack
96

This album feels like an epic journey through a fantastical realm.

Every song is so unique and different and each song could really stand alone as an amazing piece of music.

Does anyone else think this felt kind of like Led Zeppelin at times? Reminded me of LZ4.

Western is easily one of my top songs on the year so far!

Plats
99

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 instrumentation is orgasmically (yes, I said orgasmically) bonkers and the production has such a "magnificent pearpuss" for the amount of chaos happening through the speakers! That amount of chaos, was exactly what I had envisioned.

It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but "Schlagenheim" is definitely mine. It may ... read more

Yell0wRat
100

bmbmbm and ducter are such funny songs lmao

pissfi
80

I did not really expect to enjoy black midi's debut as much as I do after hearing their two more recent LPs, but it's much more consistently amazing to me. I feel that the chaotic energy of the band is more prevalent here and it helps a lot. Schlagenheim feels more whimsical & fun than their other music, full of bizarre vocal inflections, strange noises, stammering repeating incoherent sentences. I absolutely adore all the gimmicks this time around, they remind me of the first two albums by ... read more

92

My favorite black midi project. Cameron and Greep are such great vocalists, and the ambition here is crazy. Every song is fantastic. Including Years Ago. It's so great. And Morgan is an incredible drummer. Yeah.

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Track List

1953
5:20
94
2Speedway
3:17
86
3Reggae
3:29
87
4Near DT, MI
2:20
93
5Western
8:08
90
6Of Schlagenheim
6:24
90
7bmbmbm
4:56
95
8Years Ago
2:34
86
9Ducter
6:42
91
Total Length: 43 minutes
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Added on: May 14, 2019