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INTO THE MOAT is a technical prog metal band formed by drummer Matthew Gossman in 2001 in Florida.Originally a one-man project,Gossman played all the instruments and recruited vocalist Brett Slutsky and began writing songs for the first demo.Slutsky then departed to pursue a career in graphic design and Gossman assembled high school friends Kit Wray(bass),Steve Walbroehl(guitar) and Earl Ruwell(vocals)for INTO THE MOAT'S debut performance.

In 2002 the band became a quintet when Johannes Naranjo joined to play bass,with Kit Wray switching to guitar.Wray's talents began to emerge and he assumed principle writing duties,with Gossman redirecting his primary attention to shaping the intricate dynamics of their arrangements as well as providing percussive input.

INTO THE MOAT released their debut EP "Means By Which The End Is Justified" on Lovelost Records in 2003.With this EP INTO THE MOAT began to develop a hard core fanbase,mostly due to their live performances.The band impressed critics with their ability to reproduce the frenetic pace and near-impossible rhythmic arrangements in a live setting.The EP caught the attention of the legendary Metal Blade Records,who the band eventually signed a deal with.

In 2005 INTO THE MOAT released their critically acclaimed full-length debut album "The Design" and are currently working on their sophomore album "The Campaign",which is slated for a 2008 release.

Highly recommended to all fans of Tech/Extreme Prog Metal!

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3.86 | 5 ratings
The Design
3.15 | 4 ratings
The Campaign

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Means by which the End Is Justified


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 The Design by INTO THE MOAT album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.86 | 5 ratings

The Design
Into the Moat Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by dan_awesome

4 stars In short, it's a super-intense album, complex and chaotic to keep me happy while still being quite listenable.


Into the Moat create a very interesting experience with The Design. It's a very heavy, intense, slightly chaotic album, but far from mainstream and boring. Usually on a progressive / tech- death album, short song lengths are a warning of mediocrity or brutal-death-metal-isms, but in this case, the intensity that Into the Moat packs into each track would be hard to maintain for much longer without losing it's complexity. When I listen to this album, the aggressive attitude and vocals of the music makes it seem far more mainstream than it actually is, but the instrumentals tell a very different story. The guitar playing isn't quite as blistering as the Faceless or Hiroshima will Burn (yes, namedropping an obscure, Faceless-esque, extremely talented and VERY young band... sorry), but it's certainly quite fast and very well-executed. The three bands (The Faceless, Hiroshima Will Burn, and Into the Moat) go well in a playlist together. Hieronymus Bosch is also a good addition to this "playlist," in case you're like me and enjoy shuffling a few sort of similar artists into a playlist... Hieronymus Bosch adds a nice, mellower touch to the mix...

ANYWAYS, Some of the passages remind me of a much angrier Between the Buried and Me, spazzing between time signatures and crushingly heavy / progressive / jazzy passages. The first little progressive jog at the beginning of "Guardian" made me think of Cynic. Most of it is kind of chaotic, but sometimes I like that kind of thing. There are a few semi-cliche sounding breakdowns, like in "Dead Before I Stray," but they quickly move on into something more interesting.

Though nothing really stands out as incredible and unique, it's overall a very solid album. Very metal, very aggressive and slightly angsty, but quite technical, complex, and progressive. Some of the transitions are a little abrupt and remind you that this is a debut full-length from the band (i.e. the intro to "Prologue" or the ending of "None Shall Pass"), but for the most part, it's well crafted and well executed.

I really wish I could give it about 3.5 stars, but 3 seems like way too low a score given how much I enjoy this album, so 4 stars it is.

 The Campaign by INTO THE MOAT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.15 | 4 ratings

The Campaign
Into the Moat Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Drew

3 stars Fans of Between the Buried and Me take note:

Into the Moat is definitely not for the faint of heart. The Campaign, their newest record is seriously heavy and intense. Like Between the burried and me, they have very heavy, progressive guitar and drum arrangements with some brutal vocals. But unlike their musical cousin, Into the Moat's vocals never see a softer side. Their music is outstanding, crushing, but at times they will surprise you with some subtle, musical melody-avaunt guard arrangements that just seem to fit. The song of this album that caught my progressive metal ear (haha that sounds so dorky) was Advocate v. Activist It runs over seven minutes in length and has a great amount of variety.

If you like some brutal progressive music like BTBAM, this band may suit you!

3.5 stars.

Thanks to theprogtologist for the artist addition.

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