Hiss From The Moat are a band from Italy that plays a very blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Misanthropy" which was released by Nuclear Blast Records.
The album starts out with an intro which uses sound effects and avant garde elements along with acoustic guitars which bring in ethnic influences as well as grim vocals in the background and after the intro they music goes into a brutal blackened death metal along with blast beats and growls as well as a mixture of slow and fast parts which also leads to black metal screams and melody.
As the album continues the music continues its brutal mixture of black and death metal along with some more modern extreme metal influences as well as bringing in melodic and technical sounding guitar leads and solos and on one song they mix in a brief use of epic and symphonic elements on a couple of songs but remain brutal all at the same time and on a couple of other songs they bring in a small amount of spoken word parts which bring a ritualistic feeling to the recording.
On this album Hiss From The Moat seem to have a very perfect mixture for their music while the song is half black and death metal they also update it for 2013 and also use a decent amount of melody in their music and while I have seen this band being labeled as deathcore I feel that is very misleading and the music is pure black/death metal.
Song lyrics cover misanthropic and anti christian themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, brutal and professional sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix.
In my opinion Hiss From the Moat are a very great sounding blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Conquering Christianity" "Misanthropy" and "The Descent From The throne". 8 out of 10.