Schammasch
Hearts of No Light


4.5
superb

Review

by TheNotrap USER (39 Reviews)
November 10th, 2019 | 137 replies


Release Date: 11/08/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slowly fading from existence

I've been a music freak for as long as I can remember. I've lost count of how many bands, musicians, songs or albums I've listened to throughout my life. It will certainly exceed the number of inhabitants of Lichtenstein. Throughout this journey, every now and then I run into a band that, for one reason or another, thrills me to the point of wanting to quickly discover their entire discography, as if I suddenly got addicted to them. This addiction can last weeks, years or even a lifetime, depending on how the band ages in me. The Swiss Schammasch are my most recent addiction.

My first contact with the band was only a few days ago, when I heard the first singles 'A Paradigm of Beauty' and 'Rays Like Razors'. I was immediately hooked and willing to explore their previous albums, so that I could be properly contextualized before listening to the band's new release. The good first impression was further strengthened by listening to Schammasch's discography. Evolving from a blackened signature, close to Behemoth (1999-2003 era), to a progressively more eclectic approach, the band has had a quite interesting journey, always showing an artistic ability well above average, without fear of taking risks along the way. Hearts of No Light is a logical extension of this journey. It's yet another universe created by the band's exploratory aesthetics, which creates new spiritual dimensions with in each step they take. This mystical dimension is the common denominator in Hearts of No Light, the thread that carries us through the album's nine songs. The music speaks for itself, we just have to close our eyes and let ourselves flow through this emotional loop, that takes us to the confines of the known universe. It's a journey of elegantly shaped contrasts that brush across diverse aesthetics, ranging from black metal to electronic landscapes. It's hard to choose the highlights, because every moment is relevant and vital to the common narrative. The songs flow organically and speak to each other, as in 'Winds That Pierce the Silence', which welcomes us to Hearts of No Light, while introducing 'Ego Sum Omega', one of the album's most vibrant songs, along with 'Qadmon‘s Heir' and 'Katabasis'. These songs intertwine extreme blackened textures with gothic signatures, always under an esoteric approach. The gothic and theatrical side of 'I Burn Within You', and 'Rays Like Razors'' ritualistic attitude, are other good examples of the album's fluid dynamics. At no point do we feel stagnation along the way. 'A Paradigm of Beauty', with its Rotting Christ meets Idle Hands approach, injects a dose of sobriety, adding a complementary touch to the overall aesthetic. But it's only at the end that we realize our inevitable destiny. 'Innermost, Lowermost Abyss' takes us into a hypnotic state of consciousness, where, in a fetal position, we slowly allow ourselves to be carried into the center of its black hole. Slowly fading from existence, out-of-body, without consciousness, without hope.

Hearts of No Light is an introspective journey through our spirituality. It's the sum of several aesthetics orbiting the black hole of our soul, of our existence. It's that creature that lurks and whispers in our ears "there is no hope". It's the mirror of what we wouldn't want to see or hear, and yes, it's a great album.



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TheNotrap
November 10th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is how I feel Hearts of No Light. It quickly became one of my favorite albums of the year.



Full stream:

https://schammasch.bandcamp.com

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Thalassic
November 10th 2019


3689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd



Their previous two records are great and I like what I've heard from this album so far.

TheNotrap
November 10th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks man.

If you liked the two previous albums, you should get into this one easily. I've only listened to their previous work these past couple of days, and I liked everything I've heard. Great band.

Thalassic
November 10th 2019


3689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this one will probably be up my alley as well.



This band has definitely got some Satanica-era Behemoth flavoring going on, but they play around more with the esoteric touches and ritualistic elements...and arguably they do it quite a bit better than Behemoth did it at the time.

TheNotrap
November 10th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, their signature is way more atmospheric and esoteric than Behemoth. The band's Satanica-esque vibe has been fading over time, nowadays is almost imperceptible, but still lurks from time to time.

Dedes
November 10th 2019


6799 Comments


This sounds rad.
Honestly I forget you're not a staff writer sometimes cause man you got that talent bruv

MiloRuggles
November 10th 2019


199 Comments


Pos

How long's this one? Triangle was great, but I can never be bothered listening to it. Still needa check their older stuff

TheNotrap
November 10th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Deds, that's very nice of you to say.



Around 67min, but time flies fast, since it flows very well. Thanks man.

slikphuk
November 11th 2019


459 Comments


cool review, need to get on this last album was pretty good

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Scheumke
November 11th 2019


1392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review as always! Had this recommended by a friend who usually knows my taste. Diving right in!

Update* Yeah that was really good! Especially the second half was really great. Will listen to this a couple of times more before voting, but at first listen it in the 4/4.5 range.

TheNotrap
November 11th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys!



Yeah, the second half is excellent Scheumke. The contrast between the last 3 songs are among the album's highlights.

Scheumke
November 11th 2019


1392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was waiting for that last song to explode yet it never really does. Kept me on my toes for the full 15 minutes which was actually kinda great.

TheNotrap
November 11th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, that's the beauty of it. The endless loop. The first time I heard that final sequence, I almost had an out-of-body experience...quite trippy.

Solipsist
November 11th 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like you, I just discovered this band and am now totally obsessed. Only heard first two albums and disc 1 of Triangle. Contradiction is so freaking good and such a huge step up over their debut. This band excels at writing 10+ min tracks that are fully engaging throughout.

DungeonBoy
November 11th 2019


7087 Comments


but imagine if you did keep count of that.

also, glad you referenced their Behemoth era, cause tbh that's pretty much what I've always thought ov them, but admittedly never heard any ov their newer stuff.

also, get that rotting christ vibe on this.

also, good review dude! Giving it a spin now. Heard a single that was pretty bad, but in context might be better.

DungeonBoy
November 11th 2019


7087 Comments


lol yeah, okay i see what's going on here. The only thing I heard from this was A Paradigm of Beauty as a single, to which I referred to as "whack" I believe, and to be honest I stand by that comment. What an odd track to release as a single, it certainly does not represent the quality of this at all, and almost pushed me away from even wanting to check this out. But that's why you gotta give stuff the benefit of the doubt I suppose because this is pretty killer!

TheNotrap
November 11th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Solipsist

Yeah, these guys are addictive, I've been listening to the other albums, and I find them all quite interesting.



Thanks DungeonBoy

A Paradigm of Beauty has a different approach, but I like the contrast it creates. I'm glad you're diggin the album.

WatchItExplode
November 12th 2019


7375 Comments


sold me...spinning now

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TheNotrap
November 12th 2019


12488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That's great, I hope you enjoy it.

Moge
November 13th 2019


482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man I dig how tasty and experimental this thing is



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