Diecast - Biography

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Formed in Boston sometime 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 released independently in 1997. The demo was recorded on a cassette tape, and is now near impossible to obtain a copy of, except through eBay on rare occasions.

In 1998, the band released their debut LP Undo the Wicked via Samson Records, later to be re-released under Now Or Never Records. The album featured an additional band member in guitarist Dave McGuire. Also joining the band post-release was guitarist Mehdi Rad.

In an attempt to appease fans until the next album and in part to generate more label interest the band recorded a sampler CD with the early versions of songs "Solace" and "Disrepair". The recordings were done in just one night.

Amid the buzz surrounding Undo the Wicked, the band signed with the now defunct Now or Never Records. They released their second full-length album Day of Reckoning on February 13, 2001. Before the release, guitarists Nassim Rizvi and Dave McGuire departed, and after a revolving door of guitarists they were subsequently replaced by Jonathan Kita as lead guitarist and Kirk Kolaitis formerly of local band Punch the Klown as rhythm guitarist. The band embarked on a number of tours across the United States, supporting such heavy metal bands as All Out War, Dying Fetus, God Forbid, Napalm Death - and even opening for Alice Cooper and The Cult.

In the spring of 2002, Diecast secured the opening slot for the much-coveted Slayer/Hatebreed tour. At the 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 indefinitely. At this point founding member and to that point principal song writer Colin Schleifer left the group to pursue other interests, and was replaced by current vocalist Paul Stoddard in the spring of 2003.

Diecast inked a new record deal with recognized independent metal label, Century Media Records in 2004. The band then released their third full-length album Tearing Down Your Blue Skies on October 19, 2004. The album was re-released by Century Media in 2006, with three bonus tracks and enhanced extras which included three music videos.

Jason Costa departed the band during their early 2006 tour that started over an argument on Brenden Frasier's acting skills (the accuracy of the story has been called into question recently however) Dennis Pavia 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 member remaining, had decided to depart as well. Dennis Pavia and Brad Horion were named as their replacements.

The band's fourth full-length album Internal Revolution was released on September 19, 2006 and features the single "Fade Away". A companion video was directed by David Brodsky (MyGoodEye Productions). The album shifted 1,246 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In early 2007 founding member and former drummer Jason Costa joined All That Remains, taking over on drums.

Recently, the band shot the video for the single "Nothing I Could Say" before going on a successful 3-month support tour with Sevendust and Invitro. Tour plans with Drowning Pool are in the works.

A re-release of Diecast's back catalogue has been reported in the works to be released by Century Media in the near future. Speculation is that new artwork will be included as well as updated inside liner notes written by founding members Colin Schleifer and Jeremy Wooden.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diecast_%28band%29)