German Army’s “Tassili Plateau” lingers in the mind long after it is gone. Figuring out exactly what is going on is most of the fun. Industrial landscapes abound throughout the eleven tracks. None of the songs go beyond the three minute limit. Everything appears to run out of energy before then. On the longer tracks a clear homage is given to Cabaret Voltaire’s style of work. The brighter songs tend to go for a more Black Dice approach. Either way it is hard to exactly pinpoint exactly all of the influences and elements thrown into the mix.
“Mumbai” sounds extremely similar to Black Dice’s “Crowd Pleaser” off their “Creature Comforts” album. From there things get incredibly dark with the skeletal industrial rumblings of “Antiseptic”. Guitar picks can almost be heard over the near-murmur of vocals. “Indian Beast” is heavier still without any vocals to potentially lighten its foreboding vibe. Trudging through comes “Nepalese” which has at least a discernible drum pounding alongside whatever else managed to introduce itself. Oddly the song “Bondage 1” is one of hope while the drones conform into a bright tone.
Towards the end of the album the songs appear to remove the apocalyptic undertones of the music. Instead the last few songs have a greater clarity about them. “Sexual Cycle of Human Norms” displays this different approach quite obviously, with clear synthesizers and gentle guitars. Even the harsh “Smooth Voice” appears to be slightly warmer than what preceded it. German Army ends it on the mellow note of “Goa”. “Tassili Plateau” is less an album and more a mystery.