Well, both repeaters have said Rhapsody feels like 8c so I think we can surmise that Malcs route, in terms of pure difficulty is harder. Equally Echo Wall is (according to Dave Mac) 8c/8c+, but with potential death...
Malcs link up was speculated to be more like 9a so I think its probably nearer top end 8c+.
I'd be more interested to see how it stacks up compared to Dave's 8c+ sport routes in Scotland - Metalcore and Ring of Steall.
In reply to shark: Well, not disputing 8a+ is never the same as confirming that it's 8a+! Just because a route is intimidating, and feels 8a+ when you're up there boning the hell out of mini-jugs doesn't mean it is the grade!
Anyway I thought it couldn't be as Pete and I were close to doing it ground up in about 2 deg C in December with the entire crack section being soaking wet. We might like a cracks, but we're not much good!
Alan Cassidy also said he thought it would be 7c+, which is what my take on it is.
They would dispute anything that was a soft touch by Peak standards but I take your point. Mind you word has it Dan had to be instructed on how to handjam. Reported dialogue: "Squeeze hard", "It hurts", "Thats right".
Wil Ackers is trying it ground up at the moment. Seems like its the place to be at the moment.