We Came As Romans
We Came as Romans


2.5
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Review

by William21 USER (18 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2015 | 87 replies


Release Date: 07/25/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hard to say if WCAR is shooting themselves in the foot or simply going through growing pains.

One of my first thoughts when listening to songs from this album was, "At least no one will be able to accuse them of not evolving/sticking to the same sound." Compare their debut album To Plant a Seed to this new album, and you'd think you were listening to a different band entirely. The sad thing is, we really should've seen it coming after Tracing Back Roots, which did tone things down a little bit.

Once considered a metalcore band of sorts, you will now find almost no screams in this album at all ("Regenerate," "Tear It Down" and "Defiance" being the exceptions). Instead, now we get radio-friendly songs that range from heavier rock to straight up pop rock to the point where I actually thought of Imagine Dragons at a point or two. For a band that once was more similar to The Devil Wears Prada, that's a pretty big change.

The end result probably isn't one that will be very popular. Many of the metalcore faithful will probably be raging about this genre change if they hadn't already on the last album. Honestly, though, the genre change doesn't particularly bother me that much in principle. I actually liked TBR the best out of their albums, so the idea of continuing to tone down the heaviness didn't worry me (although I didn't expect this much of a change). The problems with this album lie elsewhere.

To be fair, it is pretty decently catchy at times. "The World I Used to Know" works out better than most of the other songs with some strong vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. "Tear It Down" is a fun little rocker that could've just as easily been a TBR b-side. The album isn't particularly boring. They throw just enough diversity at us to keep that from happening, and the album's also pretty short--if it had 13 songs, it would've been more of a mess.

But overall, the quality of the production/music itself has gone down badly since the days of To Plant a Seed and Understanding What We've Grown to Be. While those albums weren't spectacular, they were engaging. This album, on the other hand, just doesn't have much to offer on the sound front. It's all too generic, which is *not* something I have come to expect from this band. Also, the lyrics, while not horrible (although "Savior of the Week" is all-around ridiculous), aren't what they used to be either. They used to be a bit more sophisticated than what we hear here.

We Came As Romans is developing a bit of a weird history. If this or TBR were the debut album, it would be looked upon perhaps as something with promise, and then if To Plant a Seed or UWWGTB were the most recent album, they would be praised for their musical and lyrical maturity. It seems as if WCAR is actually devolving, to some degree. I don't necessarily have a problem with the genre changes that they're doing, but the delivery has to be better than this. The bottom line is, this album is probably going to have a hard time finding much positive feedback due in part to turning away the band's metalcore fans. The mediocre quality of the album will likely turn away many others. It's saddening for an album that's really not that bad--and one could certainly do worse--but then one has to remind themselves that it's not very good either.

Song Highlights: "The World I Used to Know," "Tear It Down"



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cocopunk1486 (3.5)
An acquired taste that may grown on you the more you listen...

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It's practically the same thing over and over again....


Comments:Add a Comment 
LotusFlower
July 21st 2015


12001 Comments


that rating chat is all over the place

Nocturnalize
July 21st 2015


2463 Comments


dat rating chart dough

ILJ
July 22nd 2015


6941 Comments


this band is still making music in 2015

trackbytrackreviews
July 22nd 2015


3382 Comments


>2015
>complaining about WCAR

ayy lmao

DropdeadWHA
July 22nd 2015


1396 Comments


zzzzz

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2015


14242 Comments


good review, posd



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2015


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thought tracing back roots was their best but i have a feeling i wont dig this

Insurrection
July 22nd 2015


24729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this was so blah

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DropdeadWHA
July 22nd 2015


1396 Comments


lmao omg mort you got me dying lately with your comments. hahaha

it's ok he's just heated after the bmth threads, takes a toll on a man u see.

ur beautiful tresm87
but you'd be more beautiful if you was 86.
xxxxxx

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2015


14242 Comments


Ive just had a really shitty week thats all, never usually get this pissy on sput sorry

DropdeadWHA
July 23rd 2015


1396 Comments


life man, life. you do you.

AmericnZero02
July 23rd 2015


3724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm one of the few generally likes an album when a band decides to tone it down a bit and aim for a more catchy sound. I definitely really liked TBR. I knew sputnik would hate whatever direction they went but I'll probably end up liking this. (fingers crossed)

AmericnZero02
July 23rd 2015


3724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When I heard "A Moment" I realized they really found something in having both of those guys doing clean vocals. I figured they would go further in that direction. However, the breakdowns and other heavy sections were historically such a big part of their sound. To largely do away with them would mean they would sort of have to reinvent the WCAR wheel. Sounds like they might need another album to really get it right.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2015


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

so uh...yeah this really fucking sucks



ZachNyeScienceGuy
July 24th 2015


175 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It started with OM&M. Now every band in this genre is turning into Linkin Park. It's a sad time for post hardcore music. All of the popular bands in the genre that got their following on the fact that they had something new to offer decided to convert and be more mainstream. Now they all sound the same again. Just when we were ACTUALLY starting to see some diversity. smh.

Danred97
July 26th 2015


2144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really boring. The soft songs sound like sterile radio rock songs, and the heavy songs sound like crappy old Linkin Park. Review is good though.

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Spec
July 26th 2015


35668 Comments


can probs just copy/paste that as your soundoff for the new BMTH album tbh

Shiranui
July 26th 2015


551 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The fact that early 2000's alternative is the most creative they could come up with..and Savior Of The Week is the most awkward thing this century.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2015


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yea savior is the worst thing on here

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2015


14242 Comments


i loved one song by this band years ago and now i cant remember what one it was. when they were proper electronicorey



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