Schammasch - Hearts Of No Light



8.3 | 142 votes |
Release date: 8 November 2019
Style: Black metal, Death metal

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01. Winds That Pierce The Silence
02. Ego Sum Omega
03. A Bridge Ablaze
04. Qadmon's Heir
05. Rays Like Razors
06. I Burn Within You
07. A Paradigm Of Beauty
08. Katabasis
09. Innermost, Lowermost Abyss

Top 20 albums of 2019: 12

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
9.0
Hearts Of No Light isn't the full-length exploration of the approach employed on The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite that I was expecting/hoping, but it's yet another excellent album from Schammasch, and still has a surprise or two up its sleeve.

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published 13.11.2019 | Comments (23)

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05.11.2019 - 08:11
Paź
ex-News Man
A video, created by Dehn Sora, for the recently released single:



It's different, but I like it
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07.11.2019 - 01:30
Rating: 10
Malaclypse
Oh hell yes! Thoroughly enjoy everything these guys have come up with so far and can't wait to hear this in full.
93! 93/93
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08.11.2019 - 05:52
Rating: 9
Lord Slothrop
Tons of atmosphere and plenty of great riffs. Another triumph from a fantastic band.
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08.11.2019 - 16:18
Rating: 9
Ball Fondlers
Well this is pretty damn good. I'll be giving this a few more listens during the week to see how much of a keeper it is
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08.11.2019 - 17:27
Rating: 9
musclassia
Kinda wish they'd further pursued the tribal/dark ambient/black metal fusion from Triangle disc 3 and Hermaphrodite further, but this is still hugely enjoyable
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08.11.2019 - 20:37
nikarg
Old Nick
After a couple of listens, this feels like it may well be the best of their releases. Yes, they are rehashing some riffs and drum patterns, but the overall result needs absolutely no trimming unlike their two previous albums (which were great nonetheless). "A Paradigm Of Beauty" is bloody excellent and different for Schammasch's style (not that they ever had one style). I'll be spinning this a lot and it will end up very high on my black metal album of the year list.
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09.11.2019 - 00:11
Rating: 9
mz
Oh man this is their most adventurous and daring record. They manage to make something truely distinctive without being overtly experimental. There is a lot of variation in the style of the song, and yet, the whole thing is very coherent. Amazingly, they have managed to pull out all the different sounds they have aimed perfectly.
One listen and this is the album of the year already. Top notch stuff from these guys once more.
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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09.11.2019 - 11:35
DeliciousDishes
80% of "huh, this sure is a Schammasch record!" and 20% of "so they're really committing to this?? Nice"
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09.11.2019 - 14:20
Rating: 10
Evilquince
In love with this album from the first listen. I feel as if they asked me what I wanted to hear and made the album accordingly. I was caught by surprise with A Paradigm of Beauty, it's an occult-goth-rock-black-metal song I didn't know I needed, but I love it.
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Some suffer to the point when they grow numb.
Others are so numb they deserve to suffer.
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09.11.2019 - 14:20
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
This sounds pretty good. The vocals are a bit meh, both clean and harsh, but not bad enough to annoy me. As with most of their work, I lose interest after a handful of songs. This band works best for me in small portions, which is ironic considering the length of their releases.

I see myself revisiting the first three and last two tracks, they're probably the most "classic Schammasch" at this point, whatever that means. I appreciate them trying new things in the middle but with "A Paradigm Of Beauty" they kind of failed spectacularly.

Overall, they're definitely doing some things very right; which other bands should take note of.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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10.11.2019 - 06:32
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by ZafÞ on 09.11.2019 at 14:20

The vocals are a bit meh, both clean and harsh, but not bad enough to annoy me.

Yeah they're pretty terrible. Half assed feeling.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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11.11.2019 - 11:06
Rating: 8
Fabiano
A very good album, lots of atmosphere "A Paradigm Of Beauty" is the stand-out song for me here, so good!
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13.11.2019 - 12:45
SlaytanicBacon
Overrated imo, lots of atmosphere sure but I found it uninteresting accompanied with weak vocals.
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16.11.2019 - 14:32
Rating: 9
Gurablashta
I really like the album, tho perhaps not as much as Triangle or Sic Luceat Lux (but those are masterpieces that are incredibly difficult to top for me). However, while I appreciate how Schammasch want to create different sounds, I really don't like Paradigm of Beauty. Just doesn't fit with the rest of the album or the sound.

Favourite tracks: Rays like Razors, Ego Sum Omega
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07.12.2019 - 13:03
Rating: 8
Dark Horizons
Paradigm of beauty
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We are just a moment in time
A blink of an eye
A dream for the blind
Visions from a dying brain
I hope you don't understand
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08.12.2019 - 18:03
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Can't say I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would, but it's still a ... schammasching record.
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I have no memory of this place.
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14.12.2019 - 22:44
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Juicy stuff.
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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06.01.2020 - 13:01
Rating: 9
mz
It's official. If "Innermost, Lowermost Abyss" was a single track ep, I would have 10ed it. One of the best closers ever. I hope they expand on this sounds.
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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10.01.2020 - 04:13
Rating: 6
Neachy
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.12.2019 at 18:03

Can't say I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would, but it's still a ... schammasching record.

Ha. Every time I see this band's name I think of Sean Connery saying "smash".
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