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We Came As Romans - Dark Bloom

We Came As Romans
Dark Bloom
by Jessica Smith at 13 November 2022, 3:32 AM

Michigan metalcore band WE CAME AS ROMANS has released their first full length album since the loss of their former vocalist in 2018. “Darkbloom” was created out of brotherhood and bonds formed from their 15 years together as a band and a memorial to late singer Kyle Pavone. After careful consideration the band decided to continue on without replacing their former member. While a tragic event like this may normally shake up a bands sound, you will come to find this album stays true to their routes and the quintessential metalcore sound.

Title track and the first single released in summer 2021 “Darkbloom” starts this album off with a very familiar sound from the band but with added synths, and lyrics “the light may fade, but I won’t wither away”. Making it clear and known from the start that despite their loss and hard times, the band will continue to push on. In my opinion, this was such a strong start for the album working as a calling card for where they’ve been and where they’re going. “Plagued” starts with energetic electric riffs that are quickly met with soft but gritty vocals full of emotion, a story of being stuck in ones mind. This track picks back up with heavy screams before getting right back into a synth-electric feel in “Black Hole” featuring Caleb Shomo from BEARTOOTH. This track actually feels like it was or should have just been a BEARTOOTH song, which is fine, I just had hopes to hear WCAR come into their own again with the events that transpired before this album.

“Daggers” was the final single released from this album and seems to be the most removed from the rest of the tracks. It has a much heavier, aggressive sound vocally as well as instrumentally with a rap/ R&Besque breakdown halfway through the song before exploding back into the alarming synthesizers. The next two tracks “Golden” and “One More Day” have a more melodic, heartfelt sound to them where we feel more of the bands grief in the lyrics. Knowing the band history, “One More Day” is truly heartbreaking to listen to. Without pause the next tracks “Doublespeak” and “The Anchor” send us right back to the sounds of the first half of the album before slowing back down for “Holding the Embers” and “Promise You” (which is also incredibly removed from the album- leaning into a very pop sound). I believe the order of tracks could have been sorted better to make more impact versus the emotional whiplash it gives.

As mentioned before, this album was framed as a tribute to Kyle; which leaves me to wonder if WE CAME AS ROMANS will continue with this same sound or if the first album post-loss was truly a nod to all Kyle did for the band and we will see them go a new direction. It’s definitely not a bad album, just left me desiring more.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 5
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Darkbloom
2. Plagued
3. Black Hole
4. Daggers
5. Golden
6. One More Day
7. Doublespeak
8. The Anchor
9. Holding the Embers
10. Promise You
Dave Stephens - Vocals
Joshua Moore - Lead Guitar
Lou Cotton - Rhythm Guitar
Andy Glass - Bass, backing vocals
David Puckett - Drums, percussion
Record Label: SharpTone Records


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