It really isn’t fair in all honesty to review albums from bands of a genre you really dislike. Since DIECAST are pure Metalcore, at least on their new release “Internal Revolution”, it goes without saying I’m no fan. The ever-present finger tapping and shudder pauses in the guitar work just leave me yawning as usual, even though the Boston based band has the odd moment of gripping chords that pass the listenable test, with the opening racing riff to “Weakness” the most noticeable.
Singling out any one full song on “Internal Revolution” would be an incursion in futility for me as I can’t truthfully make out any difference. That alone isn’t a contentious point endemic to Metalcore, but if you don’t care for the genre it seems like a far more bothersome dilemma. There isn’t much to distinguish DIECAST from the hordes of contemporary Metalcore bands. One aspect of “Internal Revolution” that is more pronounced than in other Metalcore bands I’ve come across isn’t the mix of clean and screaming vocals, but that the clean vocals are a seeming attempt to channel the syrupy croon of Hair Metal. One wouldn’t be too of the mark thinking someone had inadvertently mixed in tracks from a WINGER album. Sure, plenty of heavier Metal bands have blended clean vocals with growls (both Crimson releases from EDGE OF SANITY come to mind) but these vocals never delve into the near pop singing DIECAST find necessary. There obviously isn’t much more to say for me is there? I think you get where I’m coming from.
(Online November 26, 2006)