Michigan metalcore six-piece We Came As Romans formed from the dregs of old band This Emergency Era in May 2006, and since then have been tearing their way up the musical ladder to take their place as one of this year’s most exciting acts to follow. After releasing two EPs to high acclaim (‘Demonstrations’ in 2008 and ‘Dreams’, also 2008), they entered the studio to work on their anticipated debut effort ‘To Plant a Seed’ and the result is an album that will thoroughly blow you away.
Despite their sound being slightly reminiscent of another more recognised Christian metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada, We Came As Romans bring their own individual stamp to a genre that is becoming overrun with generic metal bands that seem to sound exactly alike and bring very little thatâ€™s new and exciting to a genre that has been done so many times in the past. And trust me, this is incredibly refreshing to listen to.
From the opening bars of the album’s title track, you can tell that the album is going to be completely epic from start to end. The band don’t hang around, bursting straight into one fast paced, catchy as hell song to the next, blending intricate riffs with poppy synth underlining Dave Stephens‘ and Kyle Pavoneâ€™s melodic vocals before rising once again into a crashing crescendo of screaming vocals and heavy guitar.
Lyrically the band is fairly interesting, as their lyrics hint at a more Christian Metal vibe than pure metalcore, with a lot being based on love and hope rather than portraying the generic dark material that connotes their genre and that most metal bands tend to lean towards. The haunting vocals towards the ends of a fair few songs on the track also hint at this, the delivery being passionate and believable, showing that both Stephens and Pavone sing from the heart with meaning behind every word. In particular during ‘I Will Not Reap Destruction’ the following lyrics are incredibly poignant: “Lured to this dream alluring to the skies / To live among them and to never die, never die, never die / To be worth more though we are made the same / To attain love by rule rather than by choice”.
Definite stand out tracks on this album include ‘I Will Not Reap Destruction’, title track ‘To Plant A Seed’, ‘Broken Statues’ and ‘Intentions’ with none that I’d suggest steering away from. Those who love this genre will realise that this band are definitely one to watch out for in the near future, and I’m sure they’ll rise to big things over 2010.
Written by Lucy-Jayne Love