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Diecast will be going on tour with Ill Nino at the end of this month. The tour starts on September 18th and goes through the end on the month. However, due to the tour, Diecast will have to cancel the Minnesota show on Sept 16th. Tour dates with Ill Nino are as follows:
Sept. 18 Fitchburg, MA - Fitchburg Airport Field - Locobazooka 2005 with Disturbed, Ill Nino, Seemless, Clutch, 10 Years and more (gig not confirmed)
Sept. 20 Clifton Park, NY - Northern Light
Sept. 21 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Park
Sept. 23 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Sept. 24 State College, PA - WQWK Block Party
Sept. 25 Norfolk, VA - NorVa
Sept. 27 Toledo, OH - Headliner's
Sept. 28 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Sept. 29 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sept. 30 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
The Rockpile Festival, which was set to take place at the Palace in Saugus, Massachusetts on August 27th, has been postponed until October 15th. More information TBA.
Diecast will be playing at the Brooklyn Music Terminal (previously L'amours) this Saturday August 20th with Timeless, Ismada, Gravesend, Eruptio and A Dozen Dying Roses. Tickets are $10 and can be purchesed through ticketweb.com. The show starts at 7:30PM and is an al ages show. Go to the shows section for more details.
DIECAST frontman Paul Stoddard has reported from the front lines as the Century Media group prepares to join 3 INCHES OF BLOOD and Ironclad Recordings' IF HOPE DIES later this month for a short stint out on the west coast:
"Hey friends. Thanks to you guys, it was another amazing tour in Europe. We made alot of new friends on this tour as well as saw a lot of old friends. I also want to thank DO OR DIE, END OF DAYS, and most of all Napalm Death and their crew.
When you have three bands on a bus at the same time a lot could happen to make it become a reality show gone wrong. Instead, it was one huge chaotic party on wheels.
A lot of screaming, a lot of drinking, and a lot of DIO!!!
This tour was loaded with good times. I remember the insanity of Trier, Germany. The whole front row was Diecast shirts as well as many through the crowd and everyone was screaming for different songs as well as singing them, there is no better feeling than that!
Then there was the time we played the fortress in Serbia. We played in a huge moat on a giant stage with crazy lights and at least 5000 insane people, Fucking Sick!
Of course how could I forget Darmstadt, Germany. Without a doubt the hottest show we've ever played. It was 150 degrees Fahrenheight (around 65 degrees Celsius) on that stage (NO LIE). The poor drummer, Frank from End Of Days collapsed from heat exhaustion. Everyone stuck it out! The bands and most of all the fans.
I could go on about how great this tour was but it would take another seven weeks. I’m proud to say Europe has really accepted Diecast and taken us under their wing. Thanks so fucking much, and we can't wait to come back and rip it up in Jan./Feb. and headline our first tour in Europe. Thanks alot guys and we’ll see you soon."
Just For Fun
This is old news, but also a request. If you haven't seen the Volkswagon commercial featuring Diecast's "Rise and Oppose," then go check it out here (fourth ad-thumbnail). I laughed out loud when I first saw the commercial on TV, and it's cool to have good extreme music make an entrance into mainstream media even if it's as a joke of sorts.
I am looking for a copy of this commercial that can be downloaded in any video format (or flash) available for the PC. Please post the URL in the comments for my eternal gratitude.
Diecast are currently in the midst of a highly successful European tour alongside Napalm Death. Jon Kita (guitars) checks following report from the road:
We are currently touring Europe for the second time this year and it has been amazing thus far. Napalm Death, Do Or Die, and End Of Days have all become close friends over the last month and a half. When you sleep head to foot, head to foot, and you open the curtain and there is an unidentified-half-naked-man, it's hard not to get used to one another. The shows have been beyond belief. We have to thank the Napalm Death fans for being so receptive to us. It has made the tour even more rewarding. The only thing that is different this time around is that it is so fucking hot. I love it, but it makes for 7th circle of hell like weather conditions inside the shows. That has been a good test for us, and from now on I think it would be a good idea to have band practice in a Boston University locker room in order to replicate the proper relative humidity levels.
The festivals have been amazing and it feels like we are Metallica when we play on a stage you could land a plane on. I'm afraid this computer is going to over heat in the 95 degree heat and spit battery acid all over my body so I will wrap this up. To everyone that has attended the shows so far, THANK YOU. Europe feels like a second home to us. Hopefully we will join the ranks of John Tesh and David Hassellhoff and be able to come back to Europe on a regular basis and play again and again to demonstrate how much we appreciate the support. We'll be back in the U.S. soon, but we won't forget everything you guys have done for us here in Europe. Take it easy everybody.
Be sure to request their new video for "Rise and Oppose" from their critically acclaimed album, Tearing Down Your Blue Skies, now on Fuse's Metal Asylum and MTV2's Headbangers Ball. Diecast are also excited to announce they will be back in Farmington, NM on Saturday July 31st at Big City Night Club, to bring the onslaught once again. The group sold out the 500 + capacity venue the last time around and due to popular demand they were forced to play a second set that same night to accommodate the people that got shut out the first time around. Get your tickets now.
Big City NightClub
520 South Carlton
$10.00 advance, $15.00 night of
Tickets on sale this weekend
Most Precious Blood have dropped off Napalm Death's upcoming European tour. MPB was to support Napalm Death, along with Diecast, for the seven week trek, which is running through June and into July. States the band, "This all happened quite suddenly. To put it as diplomatically as possible, some promises that were made to us were not being kept and now there is no way we can afford to do a 7 week tour in Europe." The group expects to be back in Europe by the end of this year.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.
Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."
The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."
A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.
The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Diecast's new video for "Rise and Oppose," shot by acclaimed director Kevin Leonard (Himsa, Terror, Walls of Jericho), will make its MTV2 debut on Headbangers Ball this Saturday, April 23rd. The video is not your typical HBB clip and it definitely shows the band being themselves. The track comes off the group's highly acclaimed new album Tearing Down Your Blue Skies, their first offering with vocalist Paul Stoddard.
The group will head out on a massive European tour with Napalm Death next month and look for them to make their much-anticipated return to the U.S. late this summer.
The new Diecast single for the track “Rise and Oppose” is currently featured in a national Volkswagen commercial. To view the commercial click here. The group recently shot a new video for the track with acclaimed director Kevin Leonard (Himsa, Terror, Walls of Jericho); look for it to make its Fuse and MTV2 debut late this month.
Diecast recently completed an extensive European tour alongside Agnostic Front in support of "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies," their highly acclaimed new album. Jeremy Wooden (bass) checks in with the following tour report: “We had the most amazing time in Europe and are currently back home relaxing. Once again we would like to thank Agnostic Front and everyone in their crew for being so good to us and treating us like family. It was an honor to be on tour with such great bands and great people. The shows in Europe were all packed and Agnostic Front is nearly as big as David Hasselhoff (although David is the only one cool enough to wear Christmas Tree lights on his jacket). We can't wait to tour with Agnostic Front and DBD again. Don't miss them on tour together this spring in the U.S.
“As for Diecast, we will be returning to Europe from May 28th - July 17th to tour with the mighty Napalm Death and Most Precious Blood. We will be playing a bunch of festivals as well as off-dates in between. Look for a full U.S. tour in late summer or early fall and we will do everything we can to make sure we play in some of the areas that we missed on our tours with Hatebreed earlier this year. We have a new video for ‘Rise and Oppose’ so be on the lookout for that on MTV2 later this month. It’s nothing like any of the videos you usually see for heavier bands these days. We went for more of a David Lee Roth meets old-school Beastie Boys vibe for this one. We will see everyone soon and thanks to all our fans and everyone who has signed up for the Diecast army.”
“Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", Diecast's latest album, has taken the European metal and hardcore scene by storm. According to UK’s Metal Hammer the album is "the sound of metalcore exactly as it should be played and begs for superlative terms to describe". But just a few European fans to date had the chance to listen to the band's previous release "Day Of Reckoning", originally released in 2001 on Now Or Never Records (the label that discovered Dillinger Escape Plan, Brand New Sin and more), as it never received an official release or distribution in Europe.
Even though Paul Stoddard has since replaced original vocalist Colin Schleifer, tracks like "Singled Out", "Disrepair" or "Solace" are still part of today's set list and raise a wild mosh-pit every evening.
Produced by Paul Trust at Dungeon Recording Studio (New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional) in Miami, the album brilliantly gives voice to Diecast's genre-bending, crossover cacophony of powerhouse riffs, breakdowns and vocal hooks. To step it up even more, the intensity of Schliefer’s vocals are given ballast by the fact that he wrote all the lyrics on songs that range from the personal to the political. “I can’t sing about what I don’t know about. I need to feel it, otherwise it’s contrived, and gratuitous.” He added that, along with primary writing partner Jonathan Kita – who weighs in on the riffs -- “We try to make each song sound completely different.”
Diecast just finished their first European tour supporting Agnostic Front and got an amazing feedback. They will come back in June / July 2005 with Napalm Death and Most Precious Blood. Tour dates can be found here.
Most dates have been confirmed for the upcoming Napalm Death, Most Precious Blood, and Diecast European tour. Here's teh tour schedule so far:
31/05 Exeter @ Phoenix (England)
01/06 Bristol @ Beer Keller (England)
02/06 Swindon @ Furnace (England)
03/06 Edinburgh @ Studio 24 (Scotland)
04/06 Milton Keynes @ Pitz (England)
05/06 Brighton @ Concorde (England)
09/06 Copenhagen @ The Rock (Denmark)
11/06 Frederikstad @ Maane Festivalen (Norway)
13/06 Aarhus @ Train (Denmark)
16/06 Giessen @ MUK (Germany)
17/06 Trier @ Ultimate Summer Blast Open Air (Germany)
18/06 Salzgitter @ Forellenhof (Germany)
22/06 Zilina @ Guru Club (Slovakia)
23/06 Debrecen @ Vekeri Festival (Hungary)
24/06 Wachenroth @ Suffering Festival (Germany)
25/06 Herne @ Pressure Festival (Germany)
26/06 Le Mans @ Fury Fest (France)
27/06 Limoges @ CC John Lennon (France)
28/06 Bilbao @ TBA (Spain)
29/06 Lisbon @ TBA (Portugal)
30/06 Madrid @ Ritmo & Compas (Spain)
01/07 Barcelona @ KGB (Spain)
02/07 Ramonville @ Salle des Fetes (France)
03/07 Montpellier @ Rockstore (France)
12/07 Stuttgart @ R?hre (Germany)
14/07 Mulhouse @ Noumatrouff (France)
16/07 Dour @ Festival (Belgium)
17/07 London @ Electric Ballroom (England)
Diecast are currently destroying Europe alongside Agnostic Front and will return to the U.S. this April for a massive trek with Candiria and Death By Stereo. The group recently shot a video for "Rise and Oppose" with acclaimed director Kevin Leonard (Himsa, Terror, Walls of Jericho); look for it to make it network debut late next month.
Jeremy Wooden (bass) checks in with the following tour report:
What's up everyone, just checking in from the road in Europe. Our last trip in the states with Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Love is Red and The Autumn Offering was amazing. The responses were unbelievable and it was without a doubt the most successful tour we've ever been a part of. Sully and the Hatebreed crew took awesome care of us and we can't wait to hit the road with them again. We also got to meet our current tourmates Agnostic Front, who are like family to us now.
Our trip home from California after Hatebreed was interesting to say the least. The Hoods and Winter Solstice were great tourmates, but the tour definitely had its ups and downs. Salt Lake City was quite an event, as I'm sure you've all seen and heard. On a more positive note, Farmington, New Mexico was the single greatest show we've ever been a part of. The Hoods had me laughing nonstop throughout the tour and Winter Solstice taught me that even if you wear skin-tight jeans you can still be amazing people.
I'm writing you from Bilboa, Spain and the show is about to start and I don't want to miss Death Before Dishonor, so I'm going to wrap this up. We'll be back on tour soon in the U.S. with Candiria and Death by Stereo in April/May; then it's back to Europe in June with Napalm Death and Most Precious Blood. Our new record, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies," is selling better than we ever imagined and we'd like to thank you all for your support. Without you we are nothing.
Click here to download their latest video for "Medieval."
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Diecast's own Jeremy Wooden checked in to tell everyone what really happened at the Utah club discussed earlier in a post about violent straight-edge kids being banned from the venue.
"First off DIECAST never condoned this press release. Not once did we feel threatened or endangered during our performance. The show was going well until the promoter got extremely unorganized and the band's set times started getting cut in half. Both local band played full sets, while the national acts (Winter Solstice, Hoods and us) were limited to 15 min. Once the crowd found out those bands could only play a few songs they started getting upset. Our set started off great and the hardcore kids were dancing and singing along. It appeared that the security have never worked this type of show before and once kids started coming on stage to sing along to "Disrepair" the security began to violently push them away from the stage."
"Tired of being repeatedly being pushed away, the kids retaliated on the security. This went back and forth through the remainder of the song and ended up getting way out of hand. It appears that having the kids singing along got misconstrued into them attacking Paul (vocals) and none of DIECAST were attacked or harmed during this performance. It was unfortunate that we only got to play two songs for the fans that came out to see us and we can't wait to come back to play a venue in Utah where the security knows how to handle this type of event."
"Due to this press release being issued and the unprofessional actions of promotor Bobby Baugh, DIECAST will never play another event for Solid Entertainment. We thank everyone that came out to support this tour and we will be back soon."
Century Media Records has announced details regarding the Marine Corps sampler, tentatively titled "Code Red," that they will be distributing this spring/summer. 20,000 copies will be handed out to U.S. troops leaving for active duty in the Middle East. According to Major Stephen A. Cox, Director of Community Relations for the United States Marine Corps, "Intensity of spirit is precisely what makes the Century Family sampler appealing to many Marines. The donation of samplers to the Marines and their families is patriotic and a generous gesture appreciated by Marines serving their country around the world." Here's the tracklisting for the sampler:
1. Shadows Fall - What Drives the Weak
2. Arch Enemy - We Will Rise
3. God Forbid - Soul Engraved
4. Dark Tranquillity - Lost To Apathy
5. Diecast - Medieval
6. Lacuna Coil - Swamped
7. Nevermore - Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
8. Stampin' Ground - Pain Is Weakness (Leaving The Body)
9. Brand New Sin - Black & Blue
10. The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God
11. The Bones - Do You Wanna...
12. Crash Kelly - She Gets Away
13. Swallow The Sun - Silence of the Womb
According to an article from the Salt Lake Tribune, members of Diecast and Hatepiece have been attacked by Straight Edgers at a Midvale concert on Saturday. Solid Entertainment Promoter Bobby Baught now plans to exclude members of the anti-establishment group from future shows.
"Every band I talk to is worried to come to Salt Lake because they're worried about the Straight Edgers here," said Solid Entertainment promoter Bobby Baugh, who noted that the group, in most other communities, practices a lifestyle free of violence.
Baugh said he will have bouncers screen ticket holders at the door and keep out those who appear to be Straight Edgers.
No arrests have been made in the fight, in which several security guards and band members were injured. Officers from six agencies responded, but those involved in the fight had left.
Read the full article at Salt Lake Tribune.
The Boston-based quintet DIECAST ended their set in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday (Jan. 6) by paying tribute to DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott with a version of the PANTERA classic "Mouth For War". Download a video clip of DIECAST's performance of the track at this location (Windows Media, 11.2 MB).
DIECAST are touring in support of their latest album, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", available now on Century Media Records.
"Tearing Down Your Blue Skies" is the band's first release with new vocalist Paul Stoddard and is said to be the group's "most diverse and commanding offering to date."