We Came As Romans
To Plant a Seed


3.0
good

Review

by Christopher USER (5 Reviews)
October 30th, 2009 | 276 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A lot to be enjoyed, but a lot of filler, and lacks major song writings skills. An above average listen none the less

Metalcore: A genre that has preceded itself in popularity, but do the majority of these bands truly show poten-
-Just Kidding! Though a generic intro paragraph would be fitting, I’ll spare you the cringe-worthy unoriginality. Unfortunately, the fact that this particular staple-introduction is so fitting, tells in itself what you should be expecting from this conglomeration of Devil Wears-Esque scenesters. “We Came as Romans” deploy their own niche of spacey metalcore, frequently garnishing minor successes along the way, achieved through copious amounts of production, layered vocal harmonies, and atmospheric synth and guitar passages. Head bobbing chug-a-lug sections find themselves sprinkled throughout, allowing gripping leads to really shine. The super-saturation of these devices get the better of their song writing in even the best of songs, however, and lead to a tedious listen to those not a fan of the genre.

The vocalist takes full charge in his assault of full and throaty screams. He pounds down effectively cooperating with the heavier sections, and diversifies his contextual usage in contrast with the lighter toned keyboard licks, diverging his otherwise monotonous and minuscule-ranged vocal delivery. The singer does his job in offering a full-force backup to the assault of guttural bellows. The clean vocals do find themselves becomeing over-bearing and tedious though, drastically ridden with auto-tune and layering. The production of the singing could be viewed as an attribute to the bands sound, but the complacent and generic vocal harmonies really do nothing to separate themselves from each song, causing the album to run together. On an individual song basis, the screaming and singing really weave through each other effectively, passing off roles to each other, and to other supporting melodic fronts, but most of this only adds up to mere potential.

The execution of the bands arsenal is poorly done, settling for mediocrity in the form of breakdowns. For me, the major flaws of the record don’t come from any one member of the band, excessive auto-tune, the overall sound, etc. I simply can not stand the lack of the adhesive quality that makes a song more then a mash-up of sound. I can do generic, I can deal with over-production, but when songs are no longer cohesive ideas, it transcends itself beneath the category of “art”, and more specifically, “music”. There are really two songs that can survive on their own, and then a couple half-songs, that have really good ideas, but are separated by a bad idea, or a randomly placed breakdown.

The album, like any other, features its stand out tracks. “To Plant a Seed” displays what this band has to offer in the most concise, and well written song on the album. “An Ever-Growing Wonder” features the catchiest chorus and most direct song structure the band has crafted. This, however, unfortunately only leaves a gap of 8 “songs” to fill the void of great Metalcore.

The album does manage to hold a listeners attention, via multiple jaw dropping “moments”, however. This includes the closing breakdown to “Intentions”, which features a string and horn section (I laughed) that reminisces purposefully of war. Also, the fluctuation from out of tune, to in tune in “I Will Not Reap Destruction”, is simply divine. There are many more gems like this, tastefully seasoning the listening experience. These are most likely beefed up to their maximum potential courtesy of producer Joey Sturgis, who more then likely has a streamlined influence on this albums final product then meets the ears, a la producer of similar sounding contemporaries, “The Devil Wears Prada’s, With Roots Above and Branches Below”. These gems are very hard to locate, as to track them to a single song is a daunting task, considering differentiating each song is remarkably challenging, even after a dozen or so listens.

At the end of the album, I am - given that this album really does have many flaws - satisfied with the listening experience. The sound this band has managed to acquire really shows a lot of depth and it feels like if this band breaks the chains of the phenomenon that is new-wave-metalcore, they could progress and create something truly amazing. As for now, this borders a 3/3.5 for me. I can see myself either coming to terms with the immature writing, and just enjoying it for what it is, or having this grow off of me exponentially. Let’s hope for the best, shall we?


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Corey Hoffmeyer (3.5)
Despite some major cliches, We Came as Romans manages to create a fun, workable album....

James Jaskolka (3)
Joey Sturgis must die....


Comments:Add a Comment 
IndieOut
October 30th 2009


498 Comments


Criticism is greatly appreciated. i feel like i left out a lot of stuff, but my last review was way too long, so i tried to be more concise.

WhiteWallStargazers
October 30th 2009


2647 Comments


My friends are totally hyping these guys....but these friends also listen to Mychildren Mybride so Im wary.....

Waior
October 30th 2009


11461 Comments


Pretty fun review, you're off to a great start. Album will be avoided.

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cirq
October 30th 2009


9264 Comments


lol @ this band

IndieOut
October 30th 2009


498 Comments


thanks bud, and i like it, cirq.

cirq
October 30th 2009


9264 Comments


i see that with your "good" rating.

XXXpickemgenius
October 30th 2009


139 Comments


good review.

I like it more than you do.

Douglas
October 30th 2009


9118 Comments


For a second then I was getting worried about the intro para... Though lovely review, well written.

IndieOut
October 30th 2009


498 Comments


thanks hombre

shortone323
October 30th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Is it cliche to talk about doing something cliche?

But yea, nice review. Still gotta listen to this fully, but this is gonna be at least a 3, if not a 3.5 or 4. Still kinda dissapointed about the lighter sections, but they've stepped up their game everywhere else.

IndieOut
October 30th 2009


498 Comments


I just thought it would be funny. I've never seen anyone make a joke like the one used in my reveiw. Thanks for the feedback. Negative Critism please?

ANewTypeOfPunk
October 30th 2009


736 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

decent review, I pos'd, I actually thoroughly enjoy this album, and to compare to TDWP newest album is a crime. TDWP WWAABB is one of the biggest let downs of my life, the screams all seem to be in one tone? But this album is great, screams sound exactly as he does live, and the singing is decent, certainly better then TDWP.

nonetheless, good review man.

HighandDriving
October 30th 2009


3288 Comments


Everything TDWP puts out is a crime, gtfo.

shortone323
October 30th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That was sarcasm actually.

Comatorium.
October 30th 2009


4174 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah dont compare this to TDWP. This guy can actually scream. The autotune does bother me, but not enough to stop this from being enjoyable.

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IndieOut
October 30th 2009


498 Comments


I find the songwriting from tdwp really enjoyable, and each song is distinct. The synnth is no where near as repetitive, nor the transitions, breakdowns, etc.

Hranica has as much range and depth to his scream at this guy does, and the clean singing is very similar. I think tdwp's newest release was way better then this will ever be.

Thanks for the feedback guys.

sspedding
October 30th 2009


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

tdwp owns this to be honest and that doesn't say too much for them.

shortone323
October 30th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Indie Out, did we have an argument about TDWP in my Settle the Sky review, or was that someone else? But really disagree on the whole TDWP thing. I mean, they're ok, but they're not that great.

I actually started listening to the stream, and damn, this is really good. Sure, the autotuning is a bit ehh, but everything else is so well done.

Comatorium.
October 30th 2009


4174 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

^this

shortone323
October 30th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^ that



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