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Tearing Down Your Blue Skies (Century Media)

By: Mike SOS

On the cusp of the new American metal explosion, Diecast was one of the bands on the frontline before their singer quit, leaving the band in a lurch. Now back after a three-year hiatus, armed with a new lead throat and renewed focus, the 11-track Tearing Down Your Blue Skies finds this Boston-based quintet ascending to reclaim its lofty position in the burgeoning metal scene. Reclaiming its scream-sing device with vengeful vigor, tracks like "Seize The Day" and "Savior" sounds like Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, and Sevendust in a three-part harmony, while the straight-up screamo of "Traitor" can go toe to toe with Shadows Fall any day. Let's not forget the other four guys here, either, whose musical crush is evident on the thrashy breakdown of "Pendulum" or the relentless "Torn From Within", and whose version of metalcore is never rushed or forced, but instead flows with the fluidity of blood from a fresh moshpit head wound. Diecast may have been away for a long time, but they've obviously left no stone unturned when planning the proper way to return.
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