Well, this is an interesting attempt at trying something different in Grindcore. JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE take typical Grindcore elements and have infused them with a multitude of other minute elements in an attempt to spice things up slightly.
One thing that is immediately evident, is that, although still heavy, this disc isn’t in leagues with FUCK I’M DEAD or CEPHALIC CARNAGE, but that seems to be the point. Instead of being balls out aggression, JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE has slightly more variety to their sound and for the most part, it’s successful. So basically, instead of blasting 24/7, they inject a great deal of varying tempos, stop/start riffs and a good deal of plain, old fashion catchy riffs that don’t always want to peel the skin off your face. Also noteworthy are the great drum and vocal work on the album. The vocals range from high to low, as a large percentage of Grind bands tend to, but these ones are particularly well done. The same goes for the drums, although there’s more than just the occasional drum fill that sticks out on the disc.
Not everything JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE does is successful though and there are a few times on the disc where they either sound weak, or just fall flat on their face. At times their attempts to slow things down, or lighten the mood with a softer riff just kill the flow of the song and then they’re forced to build the momentum back up from the beginning. These aren’t enough to derail the whole thing thankfully and in fact, there aren’t enough to prevent this from still being an enjoyable listen.
For some reason though, JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE decided to end this EP with some bizarre experimental Electronica track that, objectively speaking could be interesting, but doesn’t really belong on a Grindcore disc.
Despite some minor inconveniences, “Fertigmensch” might be a Grind fanatic’s ideal break from nonstop blasting. (Online July 11, 2004)