Since the recording of the album we mostly worked on creating content for the release like the lyric video, playthrough video and the official video clip that we released a few days ago for 'The Passage To Hell'. The album has been released 3 days ago and we are now in the process of looking to go on the road to support the release.
2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
I would say that 'The Harrier' is like an evolution of Misanthropy. Even though the songwriting we used for this album was very different, we managed to keep our sound, brutality and speed but we also experimented a little bit trying to add some new elements. For example, we added percussions and some effects in the background that created like a horror/ambient sound surrounding the instruments and things like that, that definitely make this album sound much 'bigger' compared to Misanthropy.
3.This is your first full length since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Yeah, we released Misanthropy but then some of the members of the band got involved in other projects at the time and slowed down the band: I joined Hour Of Penance and Vital Remains after, Carlo joined Tasters etc... and at one point we all felt like we wanted to go back and focus on writing our own music, and so we did and we did The Harrier.
4.Your earlier material was more deathcore influenced while the last 2 albums have been in a more blackened death metal style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?
We don't think of what kind of music we want to represent, we think of the music that represent us in the moment we are writing and we put what we have to say into lyrics, guitar riffs and rhythmical parts and what comes out is what we feel. I never liked to categorize art into many different names, it's just art, it's just what comes out when a band express itself. We don't think at 30 in the same way we thought when we were 15, it's just part of the growth.
5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?
The lyrics in the album basically compare some sacred texts to political ideas that we had in our history and shows how these religions were and are based on fear, just as some political ideas such as Nazism, by literally copying extracts of these and putting them in our lyrics. The purpose is to put all these forms of mass control into a perspective to people to make them realize that what we've been taught right and wrong are actually based on the same ideas. We do not support any religion or political idea based on fear, of course, our intent is to make people aware of what's in those books and once they know it, it'll be their responsibility to react to it.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hiss From The Moat'?
There is no meaning behind the name, the inspiration came more from like a vibe, like if when you hear the name it puts you a certain image in your head. That's how we kind of came up with the name years ago. I wonder if our name is stranger than KISS, since the band's look...?
7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover/
The album cover is composed by 3 main elements: The head of the statue, which stands as the population, cold and blind, a mask on top of it, that represents all these forms of control that covers people's eyes, puts gates to shut people's mouth etc... and the alchemical circle that has the meaning of growing through self evolution, so to work and evolve within ourselves, so to grow to become a better human rather than believe and follow other things thinking that we are already at our best.
8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Well, the lineup that we have now is by far the best lineup we ever had, and we haven't played shows yet, so the best shows still have to come. But I would say that the shows that we played in South East Asia in 2017 have been the best we ever did so far. We have created a stage performance that is not only musical, but has also a lighting system so to have an impact both visually and auditive, to be a more complete experience to whoever comes and see us live.
9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We are working on it right now, but we don't have any yet.
10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal?
So far we mainly got very positive feedback to be honest, even though our main focus is to make something that we are proud of and that we like, we never write music so that people could like it, so if other people like what we are do we are just super stoked about it!
11.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Max, our singer/guitar player, has his own project Helion and plays in another band called Integral, on top of that he teaches classical guitar in music schools. I have my own instructional website and am a drum teacher myself. Carlo has his own recording studio, the Obscure Country, and Jack is also a guitar teacher.
12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Wherever our thoughts and feelings will take it, until they respect what Hiss From The Moat is artistically.
13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We had a few different musical influences, in different parts of the songwriting, but we didn't really focus on other band's music to create ours, we just tried to understand how we wanted to express what we wanted to say with our music. Nowadays, honestly, I am mostly listening to David Bowie and some old Marilyn Manson stuff, but it changes everyday, I am kind of moody with music, based on how I feel, there's music I want to listen to.
14.What are some of your non musical interests?
Me and Jack support Liverpool. Other than that, we are all mainly passionate about music and art, we don't have much time for anything else at the moment in our lives. We survive and create music.
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes, I want to thank you guys for being interested in what we are doing and dedicating some of your time to us. It is important for us to let people know what we are about and guys like you helps us out a lot, then it's our responsibility to create something powerful enough to make people stay, but we appreciate the help.