Metalcore is not exactly known for its subtlety. Think of metalcore, and one thinks of harsh, ferocious, violent, skull-crushing, mercilessly dense bands that go directly for the jugular and do so without apology. As if all that weren't enough, Into the Moat is the type of metalcore band that adds the element of chaos to an already brutal concoction -- and on Design, the Floridians' first full-length album, they show listeners the true meaning of the term "sensory assault." The thing that makes Design such a chaotic, hyper, and spastic outing is the way Into the Moat change tempos so often. The tempo changes are constant; they just keep coming and coming and coming, and for listeners, that means an album that is downright exhausting -- which, of course, is exactly what Into the Moat had in mind. Design is not about nuance or musicality; again, this 2005 release is an exercise in sensory assault for the sake of sensory assault -- and if listeners feel totally beaten up, Into the Moat have accomplished something they set out to accomplish. Anyone who complains about the harshness of this 32-minute CD misses the point entirely; complaining that Design is too harsh, too noisy, and too chaotic is sort of like complaining that there's too much sex in a Jenna Jameson movie. Into the Moat, of course, is hardly the only 2000s band specializing in what could be termed chaotic metalcore or spastic metalcore -- the early to mid-2000s saw the rise of quite a few metalcore bands that are every bit as hyper as Into the Moat. And while Design isn't exceptional or mind-blowing, it's a decent (if slightly uneven) effort that is worth hearing if one has a taste for the extreme.
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The Design based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I bought this album, only hearing about Into The Moat. Honestly, I initially bought the album because I like the name and I knew they were heavy. The start of the cd sounded promising, but with all the time changes and the very hard to understand vocals, it quickly became just another metal cd. Ouch! Since that first listen I've popped it in the player a few more times and can actually enjoy it now. I'll say this for it: Good album once you get used to it.
I bought this Cd already knowing the quality change-ups and brutal breakdowns that into the moat brings. After hearing the design album I was extremely impressed..much heavier and more interesting than there debut. Enjoy The Design.....check out between the buried and me, Glass Casket or even some Ion dissonance...some fairly good choices if your finally getting annoyed with all this Nu-metal and repititious, boring metalcore stuff..I give this a four star rating only for the fact that is only a half hour long...Highly recommended!!!!!