We Came As Romans recently released their self-titled fourth album and well, it’s not very good.
When a band releases a self-titled album at some point during their career, it usually marks a stylistic shift of some kind. The guys themselves describe their new album as a departure from their metalcore sound in favor of an alternative rock sound. I’m still hearing plenty of metalcore though, but with cookie cutter choruses where the lyrics could very well be replaced by ‘please play us on the radio’ and the kind of dramatic synths that even gothic bands wouldn’t want to be caught dead with. And we know how much they love dead stuff. The result are riffs that seem to be recycled from some long forgotten nu metal band, the kind of one-note-breakdowns we’ve heard only a zillion times before and vocal hooks that wouldn’t look out of place in a boy band. Just listen to “Savior Of The Week”… are you fucking kidding me?
It’s no surprise that these guys are on the Warped Tour this summer, which - for the most part – consists of a line-up that makes the Gathering of the Juggalos look like the must-attend event this year. I’m sure there are some misguided 15-year-olds out there who will like “Memories” or “Tear It Down”, both of which sound like something Linkin Park could have belched out after eating some bad Chinese food, but I honestly can’t care less. Hell, I’m pretty sure even Victory Records would pass on this one.