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Into The Moat The Design

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1. Century II 2. Empty Shell 3. Dead Before I Stray 4. Guardian 5. The Inexorable 6. Fortitudine 7. Beyond Treachery 8. None Shall Pass 9. Prologue.
2005 Metal Blade Records
Our score 8

by Ash Levitt
4/9/2005

So tech is the big thing, huh Greased lightning guitar riffs; chaotic drums; odd weavings of time signatures; countless new bands trying to make their post-Dillinger mark, from Psyopus to Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus. Well, some do it well, and some don't (obvious statement, I know). But that needs to be understood and repeated in this so called subgenre of aggressive music. Because in the end, most of the "tech" bands' songwriting is completely worthless. Piecemeal collections of look-how-fast-and-complicated-we-can-play recordings do not necessarily make good albums or even good songs.The bands that have the ability to do this kind of music while still retaining some semblance of cohesiveness are few and far between. Into the Moat is one such band, and what they offer is a more palatable, connected form of tech that can get stuck in the listener's head without being overly catchy or kitschy. Their newest release, The Design, starts off plainly enough with a simple hardcore-esque breakdown/intro. Then the listener notices an abrupt shift as time signatures are readily played with. When the band goes into the first actual track on the recording, all hell breaks loose. The first noticeable aspect of Into the Moat is how tightly the members of the band play together. Without getting into the pointless argument of "you don't like it because you don't understand it", this is truly complicated music. With each listen comes subtle little details that were lost or just plain missed the first few listens. The drumming is very tasteful even though blast beats and speed abound. The guitars and bass complement each other well whether they are playing a slow chugging mini-breakdown or a clean jazz interlude. The vocals and overall styling of the band is reminiscent of older era Dillinger or a more spastic version of Coalesce. Bottom Line: In the end, whether you love tech or hate it, Into the Moat write good music with good song structures. The Design is a listenable album that the listener will return to. The stellar production (by Erik Rutan) also makes this all the better since the output is big and pounding. If chaotic music is your bag, then this will please you no matter what kind of aggressive music is your preference.

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kingben_ 4/9/2005 7:19:53 PM

first post


theguyfromcameo_ 4/9/2005 7:44:03 PM

i really like this album, and i like into the moat. But i think an eight may have been TOO nice. i would have gone with a 7, i think the ep is much better. Good review though for a good cd


anonymous 4/9/2005 7:54:44 PM

dont compare this gay band to coalesce. k thnx


killz_ 4/9/2005 7:57:55 PM

that band kills ! and his first album too...it blows me away, so don't be blind and listen to this (unconventional maybe) album, and likes it!(so if you don't, it doesn't matter!)...


rainbowsatan_ 4/9/2005 8:22:38 PM

This record is f*ck'n insane. Great review, great band.


d4n_ 4/9/2005 8:40:23 PM

good band


Alex_ 4/9/2005 9:13:49 PM

Love those dudes, Love this band.


say10_ 4/9/2005 9:37:19 PM

decent review. great album


Selvin_ 4/9/2005 11:27:17 PM

great band. great album.


shitbrick_ 4/10/2005 12:47:49 AM

am i the only person that things every metal blade release is overproduced? it's just really too perfect and not nearly raw enough. same goes for unearth, as i lay dying, etc.


....._ 4/10/2005 1:27:19 AM

i'll take an overproduced record then somthing that was produced to sound "raw" thank you very much.


Don Knotts_ 4/10/2005 6:46:02 AM

Don Knotts says: "Into The Moat do it for me"


Rara Avis_ 4/10/2005 7:01:40 AM

This record needs more dynamic production.


ipoopedinyourcloset_ 4/10/2005 8:43:06 AM

Prediction: tech metal is the new matalcore; in a few months, or even a year, you will all be bashing this style of music becasue it's "an overcrowded genre" or some gay statement like that.


ipoopedinyourcloset_ 4/10/2005 8:43:52 AM

matalcore = metalcore, by the way


awesome_ 4/10/2005 8:46:06 AM

^Shut the f*ck up.


Dutch_ 4/10/2005 2:18:30 PM

this album is far inferior to their debut ep on lovelost. the production on this is way overdone and a lot of brutality is lost. also, this album just seems so mid-paced. the ep seemed a lot crazier and faster. this is what happens when a band focuses too much on having weird time signatures and shit and forgetting about writing good neckbreaking metal.


say10_ 4/10/2005 9:14:27 PM

first off, this is way way way better than their ep in almost every way imaginable. i find it much more tech and crazy overall as well as dynamic and catchy and the production is f*cking amazing. and to whatever gay said this: Prediction: tech metal is the new matalcore; in a few months, or even a year, you will all be bashing this style of music becasue it's "an overcrowded genre" or some gay statement like that. retards already say that all the time and have been for the last 2 years.


anonymous 4/10/2005 11:03:36 PM

First Norma Jean/The Chariot, now Into the Moat. I don't think anyone at lambgoat actually knows what Sean Ingram sounds like. As far as the review, I agree with a friend of mine's statement "everything they are, he said they weren't...and everything they aren't, he said they were"


bobbydrake_ 4/11/2005 12:45:41 AM

you can always expect say10 the tech whore to go on some self-indulgent rant about how people who dislike tech ''don't get it'' and ''don't understand music'' shut the f*ck up. *listens to hellhammer*


anonymous 4/11/2005 7:52:18 AM

am i the only one that sees that this band sounds EXACTLY like old dillinger. Definitley more of a rip off than any other band ive heard


ipoopedinyourcloset_ 4/11/2005 8:29:18 AM

I get it; it's not a damned puzzle. I didn't say I didn't like it either. I like the majority of these bands. But if you don't believe that this is going to get out of hand real soon though, open your eyes. Metal Blade signs Into the Moat, the Red Chord, then picks up the entire Black Market distribution, so in a sense they sign FASSW, Psyopus, Foundeadhanging, Ed gein, etc. etc. Ion dissonance (whom are the best of the bunch, in my opinion) sign to Abacus and will deservedly get better distribu


anonymous 4/11/2005 11:33:58 AM

played out


anonymous 4/12/2005 5:51:11 PM

what the f*ck is up with "overdone production?" The equipment records too well? The placement of all mics is too right? It doesn't sound enough like a cassette you left on your dashboard in houston for 12 hours? Shut the f*ck up you trendy ass fruits and stop jumping on the "hardcore" bandwagon.


Aaron_ 4/14/2005 1:41:50 AM

Seems like tech is becoming as common nowadays as throwback. Still, like the latter style, it makes for good listening. Good Stuff.


fuckitup_ 4/14/2005 9:20:10 PM

grind is f*ckin gay


cd_RW_ 4/17/2005 4:17:24 PM

excellent record. done.


ThousandBleedingStars_ 4/21/2005 6:17:13 PM

This cd is the most intense songs i have ever heard. more crazy then as i lay dying and they are pretty crazy. you should buy this and donnie darko


Steve_ 4/23/2005 1:11:27 PM

The band is tight. The songwriting (IMO) is mediocre. Production could be better, but for a band at this level its pretty solid. This 'tech' angle is getting more played out by the day. All the people here trying to defend the validity of tech metal through the argument that its possible that some people just don't "understand" it, really need to get their head checked. Let me tell ya something, it doesn't make you a genius if you can figure out how to count out 2-3 sections of different


TetsuoTheProphecy_ 5/1/2005 2:07:36 PM

^^^^ Most intelligent opinion of tech metal I have heard.


neil_ 7/11/2005 6:45:58 AM

dudes, just shut the f*ck up if you can't say anything nice. it's all about respect. love it or hate it. this record is good by the way


Matt_ 2/11/2006 6:36:27 PM

Into the moat has been my favorite band for a while. it took a couple of listens to the first album to really appreciate it but now i love it. along with the review i pick up more and more every time i listen to it. deffinatly an album to get, you will listen to it over and over.


befallen_ 5/29/2006 1:29:00 AM

These guys are one of the best younger bands out there... and having met them, they're pretty cool guys too. Just because their newer album had a little more money put into it for sound quality doesn't make them a bad band or a sell out... If you're gonna whine about it, go see them live if you want raw.