We Came As Romans
Tracing Back Roots


2.5
average

Review

by spartanawasp USER (4 Reviews)
July 19th, 2013 | 136 replies


Release Date: 07/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: WCAR craft an album that has some interesting parts, but generally just falls flat.

(First review ever, so please, be gentle.)

We Came as Romans is just one of those bands that I’ve tried to get into, but never succeeded. As a follower of the “scenecore” bands, I’m always looking for new bands that follow the exact same pattern, mildly talented guitar players, invisible bass players, filler drums and whiny vocals; I simply really enjoy this combination.

Though I did listen to earlier WCAR releases, I barely remember them, besides a general feeling of not enjoying them, so, with a new record incoming; I thought it would be a good time to try to get into them again. Unfortunately, I certainly didn’t enjoy this album.

Lead single and opener “Tracing Back Roots” starts heavy and doesn’t really let go until 2 minutes into the song. It’s a nice representation of the whole album, chugging guitars, good drum-playing that never really does anything interesting and some average vocals. If there’s something to be noticed here is that the screamer hasn’t been doing much. He’s not bad, but he has certainly not improved since Understanding.

Second song “Fade Away”, despite being one of the earlier songs released can be considered filler and I would gladly skip over it, if not for the lyrics. Simply put, they lack creativity, for example, rhyming away with, guess what, away, and down with down on the chorus.

“I Survive”, despite featuring an interesting appearance by metalcore god Aaron Gillespie, is uninteresting. “Ghosts” is one of the best WCAR songs to date, having a great guitar intro (and one of the few instances in which you can clearly hear the bass), it remains heavy until at the 2 minute mark, it stops, follows up with some whispering, soft guitar chords and bowed-instrument backing (Sorry! I’m not good at telling you what it is).

“Present, Future and Past” has some great lyrics, but not much else, and “Never Let Me Go” pretty much falls flat on its face, with a bored performance by the clean singer. “Hope” is carried over from the Deluxe Edition, which is just lazy if you ask me, since it was a bonus song there. It features some cringe-worthy woah-ohs, which feel pretty out of place.

“A Moment” contains some horrible electronica backing during the softer parts, which just ruins them. This track and the subsequent track, “I Am Free”, feature one of the largest appearances of the screamer doing some clean vocals. Album closer “Through the Darkest Dark and Brightest Bright”, despite having some really cheesy lyrics (This is our song to remember, woah-oh, woah-oh!) is a good song, until it’s again ruined by horrible electronica at the 1 minute mark. Thank goodness, this part is short. It ends with some screaming and guitar fade-out, and I’ll tell you, I was thankful about finally getting through this album.

If there’s one thing that really annoyed me, is the singer. A lot of times he sounds off-key, and his voice is completely over-produced and auto-tuned (despite this, he’s still not good), to the point where I was begging for the screamer to sing more. The screamer is certainly good, and his cleans are pretty great, certainly much more enjoyable than the singer. The rest of the band is just average. Despite having both a lead and a rhythm guitar, it just never features an interesting part, for example, there wasn’t a single solo during the album. The drums are interesting, but pretty much follow the guitars everywhere and the bass player should turn into a superhero, because he’s invisible during the whole thing.

In short, if you’re looking for a good post-hardcore/metalcore album to listen for, look elsewhere. This band certainly has talent, but they are just not showing it in this album.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
spartanawasp
July 18th 2013


303 Comments


PS. Sorry about the slight track-by-track, I just couldn't help it.

pepster50
July 18th 2013


335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol i love how you complain about no solos. Solos are for the most part so lame. Album will probably suck. This review feels like trolling.

merpmerp
July 18th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

it's not that bad, but it's far from good. average.

spartanawasp
July 18th 2013


303 Comments


Merp do you mean my review or the album? Q-Q

spartanawasp
July 18th 2013


303 Comments


Oh.
I felt bad for a moment

spartanawasp
July 18th 2013


303 Comments


Nobody is (dis)agreeing with my review O.o

merpmerp
July 18th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

@spartanawasp haha i was referring to the album. the review is fine. nice job for a first review. however, stay away from track by tracks if you decide to keep reviewing.

wireforawire
July 18th 2013


28 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Good review.

joshieboy12345
July 19th 2013


5371 Comments


Bout to download this. Band has always been my guilty pleasure.

joshieboy12345
July 19th 2013


5371 Comments


Not bad for a first review tbh.

Azn.
July 19th 2013


5618 Comments


"generally just falls flat"

as good of a description as any

Tyrael
July 19th 2013


20971 Comments


band is about as enjoyable as the bubonic plague

Azn.
July 19th 2013


5618 Comments


idk man I really liked the bubonic plague

spartanawasp
July 19th 2013


303 Comments


Oh god andcas commented on my review! *dies of excitement*

TheSpirit
July 19th 2013


18001 Comments


if you havent noticed his comment count, andcas posts on EVERYBODIES reviews

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

spartanawasp
July 19th 2013


303 Comments


Well, yeah, I know, but still, he's my favorite reviewer so it's awesome having him post on my review.

I also like merp after his Fashionably Late review.

pizzamachine
July 19th 2013


12572 Comments


This is not a good band, pos for your first review!

BrushedRed
July 19th 2013


1102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I've always had a soft spot for these guys I guess. They're not nearly as bad as y'all make them out to be. Just as I suspected, it's a 3.5 in my book. "Tracing Back Roots," "Ghosts," and "Through the Darkest Dark" are amazing. The rest are good with the exception of "Fade Away;" yuck. I hated that song.

joshieboy12345
July 19th 2013


5371 Comments


andcas has a stalker.

spartanawasp
July 19th 2013


303 Comments


Fan, not stalker.



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