Reviewed by: Jody Heavener of Doubledance.ca
All throughout math class today I kept asking myself how I’d start this review, how I’d describe the interest I had for this album, and how I would sum up all the millions of words I could use to express my love for it. ”To Plant a Seed” is We Came as Romans debut full-length album, dropping today (11/03) from Equal Vision Records.
Stepping outside of 2 previous EPs in to a full album takes a lot of time and effort, and I wouldn’t really say that this album is a significant change in sound from their previous EPs, but it simply amplifies what exactly WCAR is capable of: making great hardcore music. Just when I thought we were starting to hit a musical median in the hardcore genre, “To Plant a Seed” managed to throw it all out of proportion, do us one better, then slap an almost theatrical synth melody throughout. This album, in my personal opinion, is — simply put — amazing, and is probably one of my favourite albums of 2009.
Artistically, it’s been done before; screamo, synth, high-pitched voice. Big woop. Instrumentally, mechanically, it’s brilliant. The way they’ve crafted and intertwined the china symbols, dual vocal types, drum thuds, and the orchestral harmony is definitely something to envy, in my books at least. The debut album offers quite a bit of diversity of sound, but it’s quite randomly scattered about; “I Will Not Reap Destruction” can be seen as somewhat as a movie in the head, whereas “Dreams” beginning gives off more of a longing feeling — a love song, if you will.
But in the end it’s all screamo, it’s all metal.
No, no, We Came as Romans most definitely isn’t about about to flat line along with every other typical hardcore band, but they’re tunnelling their own route to the mainstream metal scene.