Into the Moat, "The Design"
I know what you're thinking. I'm supposed to say that all things hardcore should be thrown Into the Moat, along with this CD. Well, you're wrong about part of that thought. These guys are kind of in the vein of Dillenger Escape Plan but with much better vocals and the ability to keep the album to veer into utter technical wankery. They do bring on the wizardry quite a bit reminding me of a mixture of Burnt by the Sun and Element's era Atheist, especially on the song Dead Before I Stray. The Burnt by the Sun feel comes very much from the drumming and vocals, which are certainly on part with Burnt by the Sun. The guitar is on occasion a bit more death metal sounding than BBTS however which is never a bad thing. They also manage to splice in more mellow parts and jump back into the heaviness without missing a beat. The production of course adds a nice thick guitar sound for extra crunchiness. My only problem with this album is that it's 32 minutes long. Come on guys, with one or two more songs you could have gotten it near forty. That is always a good album length. All in all this is an album that will be loved by people who love really technical hardcore and hated by those who don't. Personally I am not really a hardcore fan, but this record is something else. Yeah, I think you want to get this one. Personally I'm already looking forward to their next Design.
Dead Before I Stray