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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the rock band who met at BRIT School was recorded by producer Dan Carey.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
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  1. Jun 21, 2019
    93
    An experimental, genre-less and extremely noisy sound to exceptional results. Schlagenheim is beyond weird. Schlagenheim is a legitimate one of a kind record. Schlagenheim is a masterpiece.
  2. Jun 24, 2019
    85
    Schlagenheim may possess some semblance of the aforementioned genres, alongside others like kraut and yes, even jazz, but pining for some rigid label is futile, because Schlagenheim is one of the most unique rock records released this year and maybe of the past five years.
  3. 83
    There is a sort of pure, youthful exuberance to what black midi are making, but their experimentation also carries with it a sense of mission.
  4. Jun 20, 2019
    80
    An arresting, astonishing experience, Schlagenheim is a vital, stunning, puzzling album, one that demands to be heard.
  5. Jun 24, 2019
    80
    There’s so much going on here that nothing ever gets bogged down enough to fees indulgent or wanky; most songs clock in at under five minutes, and even the longer ones seem to go by in a blip, as if pranking our iPhone-addled attention spans. Indeed, there’s humor here.
  6. Jun 20, 2019
    80
    All four members of Black Midi are extremely young, wildly competent, knowledgeable about all sorts of music (classical, jazz, free improv, etc.) and willing to go way out on a limb. Schlagenheim is a really exciting start, which could lead in any number of directions.
  7. Jun 20, 2019
    60
    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, who are still capable of misdirecting their undoubted talent and haven’t quite clicked that intelligence is best worn lightly in the balance between art and heart. But it’s still early days.

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  1. Jun 21, 2019
    9
    Excellently crafted, constantly surprising, subdued and cerebral or unobtainable and bombastic.
    Black Midi dropped a classic.
  2. Apr 21, 2020
    9
    Great to see new artists rising. I love the sense of style of this album. It's very explosive, impactful and the distorted guitars add to itGreat to see new artists rising. I love the sense of style of this album. It's very explosive, impactful and the distorted guitars add to it in a nice way. The lyrics are really dark at places. You may say that the lyrics on track "bmbmbm", and I would argue with that statement. Because, as the song goes from what I feel, the meaning of the lyrics comes from obeyig a beautiful woman, to questioning your own existence and purpose in this world. I'm really looking forward to their new projects. I really enjoyed this one. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2020
    9
    Great debut album. One of my favorites from last year. Love the math style to this. The drumming is insanely good. The moments where the drumGreat debut album. One of my favorites from last year. Love the math style to this. The drumming is insanely good. The moments where the drum playing goes off beat and is breaking the rhythm is strangely awesome. The singing is strangely awesome too, especially when they saturate the microphone, it gets super intense. Expand
  4. Jul 10, 2019
    8
    For an irritating math rock, Schlagenheim truly amuses. The rage, obsession, and desolation are inflicted without corruption. Yet somethingFor an irritating math rock, Schlagenheim truly amuses. The rage, obsession, and desolation are inflicted without corruption. Yet something was a bit off, that is from the fire itself. Expand
  5. Aug 22, 2019
    8
    Some songs doesn't work so well, alright, but Black Midi is daring as no other band nowadays and for a debut, they are very decided and knowSome songs doesn't work so well, alright, but Black Midi is daring as no other band nowadays and for a debut, they are very decided and know exactly the kind of music they want to make, in that case, one type that it can't be labeled such uniquely Expand