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Hiss From The Moat: Misanthropy

Recent years has found Italy moving to the forefront of a whole host of metal and rock genres and the blackened death from Hiss From The Moat proves no different. Featuring John Payne (Hour of Penance) to the extent that he wrote all the lyrics and collaborated with Giacomo Poli on all the music, there's an assuredness that scythes with a glistening glee on Misanthropy; the band's first full length album. Straddling the black and death scenes with ease, the guitar work on this album hits home with a huge amount of variance, everything from choppy riffs and discordant solos to bludgeoning torrents and intricate meanders delivered with ease. The different aspects make for a varied experience which sweeps you along on some superb drumming from Payne, who is simply immense here, as he displays all his chops over the course of eight tracks. The album also features and "Intro" and an "Outro" which add atmosphere and "place" to the album, folky themes hardly preparing you for the breadth of assaults displayed; although speed and forcefulness are never far from mind.

Poli handles the guitars and his skills are on show for all to see, the authority he displays inspiring Hiss From The Moat to continually alter their attack and investigate new themes. However bassist Carlo Cremascoli can't be discounted either, the trio meshing together seamlessly as they dart and twist from despairing outburst, to pointed smashes of precision. Comparisons come in the shape of Decapitated, Carach Angren or even Behemoth. However while none of these influences are exactly hidden deep in the midst of mystery, the likes of "The Descent From The Throne", which features Ryan Knight from The Black Dahlia Murders, "Caduceus" or "Honor To The Mother Of Death" never come across as simply borrowing from what has come before. Released in December of 2013 and with a digital version available through Nuclear Blast, Misanthropy is an album which for death and black metal followers, is worth delving back in time for.

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Conquering Christianity
3. Honor to the Mother of Death
4. Moralism as Anesthetic
5. Misanthropy
6. The Path of the Pilgrims
7. The Descent from the Throne
8. Ave Regina Caelorum
9. Caduceus
10. Outro

Added: April 12th 2015
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Hiss From The Moat on Facebook
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Language: english

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