I never really got around to checking out DIECAST, and after listening to “Internal Revolution” I don’t find myself greatly regretting the lost opportunity. This is the Metalcore-by-numbers album we’ve all gotten used to by now.
I’ll start of with the biggest positive here: the immaculate production. Props to Metal Blade on shelling out the money for a truly professional production, but your money could have been invested better elsewhere.
I take it from the (absolutely hilarious) info that came with this promo that this is the first album in which DIECAST have included clean vocals. Frankly, the clean vocals on this release sound awkward at best, and forced at worst. Not that Paul Stoddard has a particularly bad voice, but DIECAST simply don’t have enough Oestrogen within them to write the catchy yet limp-wristed melodies of CALIBAN, which they are clearly aiming for. DIECAST seem to be at their most comfortable when they are firing on all cylinders with their obvious CALIBAN / KILLSWITCH ENGAGE / SHADOWS FALL-esque sections of heaviness, that draw slightly more heavily upon some Thrashy sections and MESHUGGAH polyrhythmics than most bands.
If you’re into Metalcore then you’ve probably already got this release on your wish list, and if you aren’t then you can pass this by without a second though. This release smacks of a band that was once heavy making their music wimpy in order to gain a bit of mainstream attention, but ultimately shooting themselves in the foot through their inability to actually write melodic sections with any great appeal.
To close this review, I will leave you with some of my favourite quotes form the band bio. I swear, these are all supposed to be serious. Before I typed these quotes out I quickly ran them through Bullshit_Dectector_v2.exe which kindly put the most obvious lies in bold.
“Diecast have triumphantly returned with their stunning new effort, “Internal Revolution”, which perfectly showcases their constant evolution while fully developing their own unique sound that is destined to stand out”.
“The additions of an entirely new rhythm section... allowed Paul Stoddard (vocals) the freedom to finally unleash his natural singing voice, ultimately resulting in stellar, captivating melodies with a harder edge”.
“Guitarist John Kita and Kirk Kolatis... prove that they are one of the premier guitar tandems around today”.
“I feel ‘Internal Revolution’ is going to be one of the most diverse records to hit our scene to date”.
There is actually more shit contained within the bio, but Bullshit_Detector_v2 overloaded and self destructed at this point.
(Online January 21, 2007)