black midi - schlagenheim
schlagenheim
82
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PipePanic
99
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
73
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
WhatTheFunk
87
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, ... 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!
miatriz
95
The first time I saw Black Midi's name was when I was seeing the bands who are coming to a portuguese music festival called Paredes de Coura, which, by the way, is probably our best festival and I wanna go really bad but I unfortunateIy can't and that pisses me off. Ugh whatever.
Then I watched their KEXP performance and I really enjoyed their sound and instantly became interested in the band, which made me feel really hyped when I heard they were going to be releasing an album (Rough Trade ... 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
Doofy
83
Fugazi, Unwound, Pere Ubu, Battles, Floyd, Crimson, Slint, Daughters, Mogwai, Can, This Heat,
Captain Beefheart, Talking Heads, and on and on and on...

These Croydon dwellers have a neat record collection as you can see.

A couple of songs towards the end go too close to Mr Bungle-esque 'twisted carnival' territory is the only complaint - though that description is likely to be a major selling point for some.
Bjartolini
99
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
ThrowBackG
60
We really out here talking about schlagenheim like it's nothin', but we still don't know how to spell congratchulashins.
RakkSmells
98
Wow.

That's all I got. What else is there to say other than, wow? This type of thing is right up my alley, so why I waited this long to listen to it is completely beyond me. It's a very "you either love it or hate it" type album.
You could either be saying "Wow, this is amazing! This is one of the most creative and bizarre math rock albums I've ever heard!"
Or you could be saying "Wow, this is total garbage! It's a whole wasteland of random sounds that pretend to be ... read more
Tielur
97
EDIT: After about a month of this album and multiple listens it's safe to say that this is my favorite rock album of the decade and year. Pure bliss.

As a debut this is brilliant

As an album its pulverizing

I saw this project making its rounds along here this morning and I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about...

AND BOY HOOPLA HOOPLA THIS IS FUCKING NUTS!
It's hard really to say what makes this album so immersive and intense...aside from the brutal and oddly timed performances. ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
88
AgGrEsSiVe MuCh, LiKe ChIlL tF oUt DuDe LmAo

favorite tracks: 953; Speedway; Reggae; Near DT,MI; Western; Bmbmbm, Years Ago, Ducter
KIDWITHGUNs
98
POWERHOUSE!

This is actually fucking mental...

This is a perfect example as to why I've been fascinated with music for the past 2 years or so. I think the last time I said out loud (while listening to a new album); "THIS IS THE BEST THING I'VE EVER LISTENED TO", was To Pimp A Butterfly's "u", or Rage Against The Machine's "Bombtrack".

For this album in particular, that experience was "Raggae". This track is so unpredictable and progresses into ... read more
Bowi
98
sheee mooouvveess wiiddthh aa puoouurrhhpoosshhee.

Edit: I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. But god damn. This is Hyperactive Slint-esque. Stumbled upon these guys last March and been a fan ever since. If you all have the time, go see their live performances and it might change your mind. I would have given a 100 it's just they did not include Talking Heads and Crow's Perch which i think is more fitting than Speedway.

Looking forward for what's next for these young lads. đŸ™Œ
N0stalgia
100
One of the boldest, weirdest and best debut albums I've ever heard. Black midi are making a statement and making it fun.
luna128
80
EDIT: It's a grower.

Just not a fan. Starts off at breakneck speeds with some of that raw brutal M A T H but didnt keep my attention as it petered off for two tracks and became milquetoast background noise. The foruth track explodes into more of a direction im personally a fan of towards the end but then just...stops and cuts into this weird acoustic arrangement? Don't get it. Then they finally comeback with another brutal math loop with some pretty vocals that fumble around and the track ... read more
amygoodall
63
may have jumped the gun on this one boys
IvoBraga
85
HOLY SHIT, what a fucking album! This thing got a crazy energy and i'ts aggresive and in your face and every song seems like a trip into a another fucking universe, i'm just out of words...
TreyLikesBands
78
Good

Every time I go into a new album, I try to stay completely unbiased, and try to understand others’ opinions beforehand. On ‘schlagenheim’, with all honesty, I was just waiting for it to end.

The production on the instruments is noisy as ever, and there’s never a dull moment. However, the lead vocalist seems buried. My problem is that I want him to be buried even more. I love progressive rock of the 70s, with those zany and off-the-wall vocal inflections, but on ... read more
JustSomeGuy
94
This is why I love music. Every so often I find something that really blows me away. Something so amazing that it makes me question if I've found a new favourite genre; a new favourite artist; maybe even a new favourite album. And at the moment, that album is black midi's schlagenheim. While I ultimately decided that this wasn't my new favourite album (obviously) - hell, it isn't even my favourite album of the decade - it's still my current album of the year. Unlike most projects I listen to, I ... read more
MiaWatterson
100
aaaaAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH YES FINALLY
He could not bRRRRReak me
10/10?
laz456
85
IT LIVED UP TO THE HYPE!!!!

This is gonna for sure be one of my favorite rock albums of the year. black midi conjured up a bizarre thrill ride that is consistently a mixture of catchy and unsettling. This album in a way reminds me a bit of Thin Black Duke or A Laughing Death in Meatspace with how weird and unnerving it is.

953 starts the album of SO strong with some insanely fun riffing that gets crazier as the track goes on. Speedway grew on me a ton with subsequent listens- I love the ... read more
usedtobe
20
Definitely a record of interesting nature, heavy yet unpredictable but not something I would return at second listen. They lack something I couldn't figure out and also, not a fan of the sluggish vocals. Not going to jump on the hype train for this one.
Dombot
100
I've wanted to rewrite this review for a while, because this album deserves so much more than just a few sentences.

I'm just gonna say it upfront - Schlagenheim is my favorite album of the 2010's. Yes, I like it more than MBDTF, TPAB, any of the Swans trilogy albums... yeah, this was the peak of the decade for me. And I'm gonna try to explain why without sounding like a goddamn tool. Yeah, this one's gonna be a little difficult.

I honestly have no idea where I first heard about black midi. I ... read more
PNGLIFT
90
The boys did it. They actually delivered this conundrum of an record for the accusatory & skeptics alike. Wouldn't it be great if most "industry plants" brought out the same level of ambitious zest?

Schlagenheim acts as this hodgepodge that stems from various evident influences. An over-the-top flamboyant showcase of flashy riffing & near-virtuosic drumwork that manages to shape up into a bohemian force. I feel like this debut in particular is one that'll raise an eyebrow of ... read more
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