Review by Alex Grindor on March 30, 2021.
International duo Monnier is set to release their self titled compilation in April giving their fans a great chance to acquire their releases in one package. And you better do.
Monnier comprises 2 EPs, released in 2018 & 2020, and yet with these 2 small works the duo has showcased an amazing display of pure, frenzied grindcore. No second is wasted on introducing you to their sonic barrage, and while all tracks have a short duration (longest track being around 2:30 minutes) they are straight to the point in their work. Jasper's performance is inhuman, as he heaptly handles all instruments here. Bass, guitars, drums all are handled by him with pin-point precision and technicality reminiscent of Pig Destroyer's work and with some grooves tossed here and there as well. No instrument overshadows the other, as the balance in sound gives room for everything to shine here.
Makiko, the other half of the project and member of Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation (man, what a name), handles all vocals and what a performance we get here. Her voice is the perfect addition to Jasper's instrumentation. With inhuman high shrieks and low, guttural growls delivered in good measure, changing between these two vocal styles as the song needs it. Additionally, she often does some spoken passages in a few tracks (mostly the ones comprising the first EP), but these are brief moments of peace before everything is torn to shreds again by her vocals.
If you are a fan of Discordance Axis, Insect Warfare, Mortalized, Nasum, Noisear, Pig Destroyer and similar bands, then this is a must-have for you. It might be a bit short (16 tracks nearing 27 minutes) but it is totally worth the listen. A complete beast of a release that must not be overlooked.
Rating: 9.3 out of 10