Some people think of It Dies Today as just another metalcore band, but the fact of the matter is, they aren’t an imitation band. This New York-based five piece formed in 2001, and they only just released their first full length album, “The Caitiff Choir,” a little over a year ago (in 2004). It Dies Today are actually a very promising young band who show signs of greatness. Granted, they do sometimes sound like a lot of other metalcore bands, but they are catchier than bands like As I Lay Dying, and have more clean, backing vocals than bands like Chimaira. The members of IDT aren’t the most mind-blowing musicians you’ll ever hear, but the guitarists (Mike Hatalak and Chris Cappelli) play riffs which are typically quite fiery, and vocalist Nick Brooks is actually quite multi-faceted. He uses just the right amount of clean vocals, which (as in tracks like “Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads”) offset his throaty, “I’m spilling my guts out” yells well. The final sound is quite energetic and intense. The album opening song, “My Promise,” and “A Threnody for Modern Romance” have chugging riffs, pounding drums, and barked vocals (plus the latter track has the album’s only guitar solo). Elsewhere, track seven, “Freak Gasoline Fight Accident” features propulsive, pounding power chords and thumping drums, “Out Disintegration” and “The Caitiff Choir Defeatism” are driven by heavy rhythms and fast, blistering guitar attacks, and, finally, “Naenia” has catchy chug and churn riffs. “The Caitiff Choir” may not be the most innovative album out there, but it sounds pretty great, and, with all the metalcore out there today, you could do a lot worse. As said before, It Dies Today are a promising young band who show signs of greatness. They’re clearly on their way up, and it would be a huge mistake to write them off as “Just another metalcore band,” without hearing this album, first.