A little more than ten years ago I went on a trip with a friend. We drove with his dad to northern Louisiana and stayed at a hotel while his dad conducted business. I don’t remember specifics about any of that, but I do remember that before leaving on this trip, I bought the new-ish Into The Moat album The Design. I did’t know the band when I bought the album, but I would come to love them. Their radical, spastic playing was magical to a young music fan whose taste was just them burgeoning. My friend and I listened to nothing but The Design the entire trip. Good times. Good times.
This album is a bombshell from start to finish. The first proper track “Empty Shell” really sets the stage for what you can expect to come, but it wasn’t until the next track “Dead Before I Stray” that I knew I was going to be hooked. This track is fast, intense, jazzy and it showed me what mathcore was about. This was well before I would discover The Dillinger Escape Plan.
The beginning of “The Inexorable” is also extremely spastic and insane, which made it stand out to a teenage me. The great thing about The Design is that it doesn’t let up. It’s full-throttle, full-speed and full-on all the way through. It was a blessing to gain such a wonderful act so young, but it saddened me to see them hang it up after only two albums.
Into The Moat will forever be oe of my favorite bands, not only in the mathcore genre, but in music in general. Their power and technicality is something that I hold very dear. Rest in peace, ItM. You’re missed.