We Came As Romans Are Here to Get You Pumped!
Release Date: July 24, 2015
Label: Equal Vision Records
Rocks Like: Like Moths to Flames, The Word Alive, Blessthefall
Recommended Track(s): The World I Used to Know, Blur, Savior of the Week
The newest album from We Came As Romans has been out for a few weeks now and we finally got the time to sit down and give it a good listen. Read on to hear our opinion!
Can we just start off by saying how perfect of an opening “Regenerate” is? It hits hard and heavy, providing a strong foundation for the album. The power is somewhat lost though given that the next couple tracks slow it down a little, losing that momentum you gained in listening to the first song. That being said, the next three tracks are great songs! We’re just not too keen on the placement here. “Who Will Pray?” is heavy on the synths, exactly what we know and love from this band. “The World I Used To Know” is the slowest of the trio and honestly one of our favorite songs on the album. The lyrics are both powerful and engaging, so it makes perfect sense why this song was selected as a single. Once we reach “Tear It Down”, things pick back up again. It packs just as powerful a punch as Regenerate did, recreating that energy. The style is different; unclean vocalist Dave Stephens mixes up his style in a way that reminds me a lot of a few older rock songs and I feel it’s a nice touch and a great midpoint for the album.
If any song on this album is going to be a radio hit, our bets are on “Blur”. It’s an upbeat, fun listen. The album as a whole is on the heavier side. “Blur” offers just enough balance to make it marketable to a more pop/punk audience. It’s important for an artist to be able to reach several markets on one album, so good call including this track. It might serve as a little bit of an anecdote to those fans who got comfortable with We Came As Roman’s cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”.
Ah. Our other favorite track of the album. “Savior of the Week”. We can’t really explain the draw with this track. Maybe it’s the catchiness of the chorus. Maybe it’s Dave’s singing. Who knows? It was just a well written song. Pay special attention to the synths and the drums, they really help set the tone on this one.
The album wraps up nicely. The final three tracks bring back that energy we’ve seen throughout the album. It’ll be nice to see these songs on tour. We saw a couple this summer on the Vans Warped Tour, but we’re pretty excited to see them performed on a traditional venue tour. Which songs do you guys see the pit opening up for? We say “Regenerate”, “Tear It Down” and “Flatline”.
2. Who Will Pray?
3. The World I Used to Know
5. Tear It Down
7. Savior of the Week