|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
Now or Never
|Past members||Colin Schleifer|
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Formed in Boston in early 1997, Diecast was originally established as a four-piece group featuring vocalist Colin Schleifer, guitarist Nassim Rizvi, bassist Jeremy Wooden, and drummer Jason Costa.
The band's first release Perpetual War was recorded by Brian McTiernan (of Salad Days fame) and released independently in 1997. The demo was recorded to cassette and is now a collectors item.
In 1998, the band released their debut LP Undo the Wicked via Samson Records. The album marked the first recording of the band as a five-piece line-up with the addition of guitarist Dave McGuire who was replaced just after the Samson Records release with guitarist Mehdy Rad who had been involved with a pre-Diecast version of the band.
After the departure of guitarist and founding member Nassim Rizvi, his position was temporarily filled by a number of friends of the band including Buz McGrath and Ken Susi of the band Unearth. Jonathan Kita would be named the permanent replacement on lead guitar in February 1999.
The band recorded a self-funded and self-distributed CD sampler with Dean Bartolonis which included early versions of songs "Solace" and "Disrepair" with Colin Schleifer, Jeremy Wooden, Jason Costa, Mehdy Rad, and Jon Kita. The band toured the east coast of the US and Canada non-stop for the next year.
Amid the buzz surrounding Undo the Wicked, the band signed with the now defunct Now or Never Records. Despite the departure of Guitarist Mehdy Rad in late 2000, they wrote, recorded, and released their second full-length album, Day of Reckoning which was produced by Paul Trust, on February 13, 2001. After the release of Day of Reckoning they recruited guitarist Kirk Kolaitis from Brockton-based band Punch the Klown. The band embarked on a number of tours across the United States, supporting such bands as All Out War, Dying Fetus, Napalm Death - as well as opening for world-renowned acts Alice Cooper and The Cult.
In the spring of 2002, Diecast secured the opening slot for the Slayer "God Hates Us All" tour. Upon completion of the tour, the band decided to focus their attention towards a new album. Faced with record label issues, and dissension internally about the musical direction they should take, the recording phase for their third full-length album was halted. At this point founding member and vocalist Colin Schleifer left the group in May 2003 to pursue other interests, and was replaced by current vocalist Paul Stoddard.
Diecast inked a new record deal with recognized independent metal label, Century Media Records in 2004 and went into the studio again with producer Paul Trust. The band then released their third full-length album Tearing Down Your Blue Skies on October 19, 2004. An excerpt of the track "Rise and Oppose" was licensed by Volkswagen Automotive and used in an advertisement for the Volkswagen Jetta. The album was re-released by Century Media in 2006 with a foreword written by Colin Schleifer, and three bonus tracks including a cover of Raining Blood by Slayer. The three tracks were produced by Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed), and were added to the re-release along with extras.
Founding member and drummer Jason Costa departed the band during their early 2006 tour. Dennis Pavia formerly of Tantrumn volunteered to fill in and then eventually became a full-time member.
On May 16, 2006, vocalist Paul Stoddard announced that in addition to Jason Costa no longer being part of the band, bassist Jeremy Wooden, the only original remaining member, had decided to depart as well. Brad Horion were named as his replacement.
The band's fourth full-length album Internal Revolution was released on September 19, 2006 and features the single "Fade Away." It was again recorded in Miami and produced by Trust. A companion video was directed by David Brodsky. The album shifted 1,246 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. They are currently in the studio and have released a new song on their MySpace page entitled "Disconnect" as well as a second song, "Sanctified" on a sponsors MySpace page . In November 2008 the band released a press statement announcing they had parted ways with label Century Media. In addition the band shopped a 4 song demo to other labels with hopes to release a new album which never materialized. In addition to shopping new labels in late 2008, bassist Eddie Barton joined the band as a full-time replacement for Brad Horion.
In August 2012, the band began recording its long-awaited fifth studio album. In December 2013, it was announced that recording of the album was on hold due to financial issues. In February 2014, it was announced that recording of the album would continue, and that it would be released in the spring or summer. In April 2014, it was announced that the album release was pushed back to 2015. In January 2016, the band stated they would continue recording the album at Conclave Studios in New York.
As of 2020, there have been no updates or activity from the band since January 2016, along with the band's official website no longer registered, leading to speculation that Diecast is no longer an active band.
- Undo the Wicked (1998)
- Day of Reckoning (2001)
- Tearing Down Your Blue Skies (2004)
- Internal Revolution (2006)
- Perpetual War (1997)
- Sampler (1999)
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