black midi – Hellfire (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:58 minutes | 810 MB | Genre: Post-Punk, Art Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rough Trade
black midi present their third album and second in two years, Hellfire. Hellfire sees the London three piece at their most direct. Written in isolation in London in 2021 almost immediately after it’s predecessor Cavalcade – no band can quite build their own universe like black midi. Hellfire picks up right where Cavalcade left off. Where Schlagenheim was much more based on ‘jams’ and collaboration, Cavalcade a mixture of isolation and collaboration, Hellfire falls on the other side of the spectrum of working in isolation.
Musically, Hellfire builds on the brutality and intensity of Schlagenheim while also drawing on the more melodic elements that weave through Cavalcade. Lead-singer Geordie says “If Cavalcade was a drama, Hellfire is like an epic action film,” that delves into overlapping themes of pain, loss and anguish.
Flexi – Live at Electrical Audio, Recorded by Steve Albini. In November 2021, at the end of their celebrated US tour, black midi recorded a live album with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago capturing songs from across their catalogue. 6 of those songs are pressed on 6 Flexi Discs (one song each), which are individually available with a limited number of album pre-orders from specific retailers. Rough Trade Shops have the stunning version of 953 from schlagenheim.
1-01. black midi – Hellfire (01:24)
1-02. black midi – Sugar/Tzu (03:50)
1-03. black midi – Eat Men Eat (03:08)
1-04. black midi – Welcome To Hell (04:09)
1-05. black midi – Still (05:46)
1-06. black midi – Half Time (00:26)
1-07. black midi – The Race Is About To Begin (07:15)
1-08. black midi – Dangerous Liaisons (04:14)
1-09. black midi – The Defence (02:59)
1-10. black midi – 27 Questions (05:43)