Review: With Jealous God, Eerie and L.I.E.S on his C.V. they don't come much more approved that Domenico Crisci, but few would be prepared for the onslaught that leaps out of this first release on Summa Cum Laude. "The Violinist" champions distortion as a weapon, running everything through a fuzz pedal in a most unrelenting of fashions. It's certainly not for the feint-hearted, and all the more powerful with it. Meanwhile "Return" would sound brutal in any other context were it not for what came before, all slamming, grubby drums and the noises that splay off them. "Blacklord" them manages to push the vibe further back into the red with a searing throwdown to finish the EP off in a masterful display of intensity.
Review: Mick Harris is a master of bludgeoning sound, whether wringing out apocalyptic steppers in his Scorn guise or wrestling D&B into contorted shapes as Quoit. Monrella is one of his aliases that reaches back to the mid 90s and Regis' ZET label. These four new tracks capture the same mood of granite heavy Brummie techno as the original run, wholly compatible with the tougher end of the Downwards oeuvre, sculpted with the masterful ear for sound design that Harris has displayed throughout his accomplished career. Following on from the retrospective compilation on Berceuse Heroique last year, it's a real treat to have some fresh Monrella to chew on for the hardest of techno sessions.