Monnier – Monnier
Reviewed: April 2021
Released: 2021, HGPD Productions
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
One of the best perks about writing for this site is getting to spew your jackass unfettered opinions about whatever it is you may be listening to at the moment. Another is discovering really good bands that you may not have been otherwise been previously acquainted with. Both definitely apply to Monnier and their soon to be released self titled album.
A compilation of the Japanese duo’s independently released EPs, MONNIER is a spectacular blend of frenetically discordant, get to the point grindcore. Stylistically closer to the artsier likes of Fuck the Facts or Agoraphobic Nosebleed, the album sprints through each song like their lives depend on it, albeit with an abundance of style and charisma. There’s plenty for purists to like, but standouts like the thrashy “Unwritten Letters” and the quasi-doom of “Burning Disgrace” demonstrate Monnier’s knack for creating memorable nuggets of grind, as does the pulsing “Depletion”.
The latter half of the album (the tracks with Japanese characters and my own Google Translate interpretations) is the real money though. Differentiated through a MUCH better production offering and a mix that let’s you hear everything going on bounce through your headphones – it’s tremendous. “Long Hair Entwined With Fingers” and the head down, riff heavy “Dark Light” are sonic spasms of fun, as is the screaming closure of “Mirror” with its abundance of riffs packed into 2 minutes and 9 seconds. Top to bottom, MONNIER is a fantastic capture of what quality grindcore could and should sound like.
For those of you reading this who have a real taste for the grind and know what I’m talking about, I’m speaking to you specifically right now – MONNIER is fantastic, and you need to hear this. It’s fast, ugly, surprisingly technically proficient, and you’ll be hitting replay on this for a while. For those of you who are casual entertainers of the more extreme flavors of metal, MONNIER is still pretty good. Monnier is the kind of band that you’d expect to see during a high traffic, midday slot at Maryland Deathfest – not a headliner yet, but definitely a band you don’t want to miss. And you definitely won’t want to miss MONNIER when it releases in April (see what I did there?). I’m already hungry to hear more from this band; for fans of all kinds of grind, Monnier will exceed your expectations.