"Darrin Verhagen, in tugging on a thread of viciousness which has lain subdued and understated for most of Shinjuku Thief's backcatalog, was surprised to pull up a 42 minute slab of sonic violence which is as unmerciful as it is exquisitely crafted. Under his new power electronics pseudonym 'e.p.a.' we find a finely balanced tension between visceral chaos and deliberate nastiness. If all the Shinjuku Thief albums which preceded it suggest the ghostly existence of a dark world, Black Ice delivers the map, the accelerator and the searing pain upon arrival. Counterbalancing the sonic assault, is the most seductive artwork i+t=r has yet delivered -- his design rendered in matte varnish on high gloss black stock. Black Ice is the first in the 'Black | Mass' trilogy (Dorobo 019-021)."