Though it's a bit less intentionally noisy than previous Neubaten
material, ½ Mensch
is, in a way, the group's masterpiece. The inspired use of such "traditional" instruments as a grand piano alongside the band's characteristic blazing percussion make for a record similar more to their compositional influences like Stockhausen than their nearest contemporaries, Throbbing Gristle
or Cabaret Voltaire
. The record that showed Einstürzende Neubaten
could rise above the concept of noise for its own sake to reach another level of noise-oriented post-punk music, ½ Mensch
is an excellent feat of industrial music.