Tracklist01. Fire Damage
*02. Seize The Day
*03. Torn From Within
05. Rise And Oppose
09. These Days
* = choice cuts
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With roots in Boston’s hardcore scene, you know Diecast are capable of some truly intense sounds. While most bands go through lineup changes at some point, Diecast has been through at least 17 guitarists and 2 vocalists. And over that time, their sound has evolved from hardcore to a more metal sound. Needless to say, this is an all too common story in today’s music scene.
Day of Reckoning, the last release from Diecast, was a bruising offer in an on the rise metal and hardcore scene. To hear Tearing Down Your Blue Skies has twice as many clean sung vocal parts as the last might sound disheartening. Au contraire, it provides the perfect mix of hardcore bass kicks and hooky vocals that will catch the ear of metalers and alternative radio fans alike.
Comparing production vales to their last album, this is a much tighter album in terms of mixing. The bass kick is definitely less prevalent. As I’ve already stated, there has been a lot of melody added in the vocal department. The 6-string wielding duo of Jonathon Kita and Kirk Kolatis bring some sick riffs to the mix.
The band’s current fan base will no doubt expand with a higher profile label. Tearing Down Your Blue Skies is being released on the ever heavy Century Media records. Still, it’s sizzling combination of hardcore intensity and metal flavor are pretty much par for the course. While previous fans will no doubt give this a try, they may turn their nose to the more accessible tracks. That being said, metalcore fans in search of something new and fresh probably won’t quench their thirst here.