Review: Schammasch - 'Contradiction'

The enigmatic avant-garde black metal band Schammasch are strikes back with their sophomore release  on this year entitled “Contradiction” . This is a double album consist with 9 tracks . Schammasch was formed in 2009 as a blackened death metal band . later they evolved into avant – garde black metal band .  In before they had released their debut full length album in 2010 entitled “Sic Lvceat Lvx” . Actually Schammasch hailing from Switzerland . Now I am straight going to the point about this new album .
When at first I have heard their first released track probably it was “Golden Light” I was overwhelmed and  hyped from then for this full length album . This bands vocalist C.S.R is such an excellent musician appreciate his unsurpassed ability & skill . Though this bands each and every musician did fantastic job on this album in radiant way . This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . It is really not easy to describe their musical style . A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous black metal assaults  with a lots of segments of slower tempo too where Schammasch combines doomier passages with cavernous drum thrashes, melancholic guitars and those effective rasps .
well,this albums opening track is “Contradiction” .  This track starts with softly,delicate guitar works, followed by an onslaught of tremulous ,dark eerie riffs  and a wall of spectacular,sober drums and  then segues into an acoustic passage with softly spoken vocals . Quickly the song returns to the sonic assailment and  the whispers are transformed into a whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression,deliberate cadence . Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with sour ,dissonant riffs work .
This new albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance . Their distinct entity infused me by a lot . Their musical style have a quite soft and smooth edge in the guitar playing which adds to the more atmospheric kind of black metal but at the same time the vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward brutal simultaneously . Honestly saying after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss,melancholic,the multi-layered,ominous musical style . Each musicians have exudes tremendous effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it . I highly appreciate and embrace this album .
This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, ominous,hellish,doom laden, slow but powerful riffs work . As well bass line up is whopping,intense,strong ,rumbling .  Drumming,percussion line up is bleak, frantic,solid,clattering and powerful .  In each track morbidly delicious,slow,macabre,soaring riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner . The most striking thing you’ll notice about the sound of Schammasch is the air of melancholy that quite literally drips from the noise they create . This whole albums sound  deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,melancholic,gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy . “Contradiction” endures beauty of black metal . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . This album have a hypnotic effect on the listener . C.S.R  decently large voice that does well for Schammasch . Especially his whispers are menacing and hoarse voice are excellent . Vocals howling scream, snarling, sneering ,immense,deep rasps ,serene chanting voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly  spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering  black metal,distant musical style with a lots of melodic,atmospheric,doomy  accompaniment  and  embedded perfectly . Overall you will get  sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album . I really worship this band .
Each song have an energy ,fluency and  draw a savage landscape .Stand out tracks are all of them . I personally Cherish Contradiction,Split My Tongue,Provoking Spiritual Collapse,Until Our Poison Devours Us,The Inner Word,Golden Light,JHWH track .  Crown is brilliant instrumental track .  Album artwork is atrocious,grisly . Overall “Contradiction” whole album is Spectacular,engrossing ,significant . This album sounds so authentic  and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year . Outstanding another one release of 2014 so far . If you looking for  something different, epic this double album will take you on a journey into another universe . so, enter the void and I am sure definitely u will come out stronger,darker than ever before.

 Rating: 4.2/5 - ‎Review by Souvik Basu

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