When I last heard JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE I wasn't overly impressed despite the quite bizarre and indeed original approach of their EP. That said "Hardcore Aus Der Ersten Welt" is a vast improvement both on the concept and the delivery of their heavily Punk tinged and Thrashy inspired grinding Metal.
The trademarks of the EP are still here with the vocals remaining strong, dynamic and impressive. The guitar work has greatly improved with much more focus being shifted to the quality and individuality of the riffage without losing any of the chaotic and dynamic flair of the composition of their tracks. Indeed the most impressive attribute that this band has managed to create for itself is their quite simply awesome nature of changing direction at the most effective and unpredictable of times. Where this album truly obliterated its predecessor is in the quality of the riffs and individual sections which can truly, this time around, strand strongly on their own.
For my own taste however this is the primary flaw as well as its most impressive attribute as when more than just tracks stand out so strongly then the album is a collection of individual sections rather than songs or indeed an album. I prefer much more continuity than this album has to offer, but that certainly does not mean that it is without merit as I have already discussed some of the impressive elements that JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE have offered with this slice of grinding metal.
If you consider yourself among those who appreciate clever song construction that allows individual sections to rise above and stand out as individual and different than anything surrounding it, or among those who appreciate clever usage of time and tempo changes to really highlight certain segments then this album should not provide too many, indeed if any, disappointments. (Online February 26, 2005)