We Came as Romans- To Plant a Seed
Record Label: Equal Vision Records
Release date: November 3rd, 2009
So first things first: We Came as Romans has set the bar for the genre we know so well as hardcore (these days it's genericore). The first release To Plant a Seed has been leaked about 800,000 times online. I was lucky enough to find it. I have since taken it out.
Under the wing of Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, At The Throne of Judgment, A Plea For Purging) this album had high expectations for all fans, and people looking for something new to come out of Foundation Studios. Sturgis has let me down.
The album opens up with reverberation on snare hits, straight into a For The Fallen Dreams-esque pre-breakdown. We all know what those sound like. Ringouts, rolls on the tom/bass, melodic notes on guitar, going from high to low. You know, the good stuff. But the good stuff has indeed gone sour with programming. So much programming that the music has a new and improved fake sound using sythesizers for just about everything.
We Came as Romans set the bar on To Plant a Seed with bland vocals, switching back and forth from shrill screams and growls, to very a contrasting (if I may) singing. The balance creates the perfect equilibrium for the liking of our ears, first of all. Secondly, Kyle Pavone can sing his heart out I guess, but he could use a bit less auto-tune, of course. You all saw that one coming. He uses lines like "My future started with the first note that I ever played; the first note that was ever sang," which is pretty inspiring. The lyricism is great for the album, and it reaches out to kids. The music however does not reach me.
I'm notsaying that every song sounds the same. But every song is pretty much similar to this one; they give you something more in each song. Something to add onto what you have already heard (basically this goes for every other Rise-esque band as well). Whether it's a melodic breakdown with auto-tuned vocals or a brutal man with growling set to the next level, To Plant a Seed is a filler CD of '09.
You write with a pretty biased ear. I enjoy the screaming vocals, but the singing is a joke. So much auto-tune, this guy can't sing at all if he needs that much effects... this is a trend that needs to end.
Well this isnt really a biased ear, Kyle Can Sing live.
i've seen him and he doesnt even use it live, joey for the life of me love's to do that for most of the band's album's he record's with, so blame joey, but im tired of kyle getting dissed, they need to record with somebody else next year or whenever they make another album/ep,
Still good review, nice rating, not too high not too low,
Thanks. I had to use WE CAR as my first review. It's hard not to be a bit biased when the album blows your mind, hahah. But still. I loved it. And Kyle's effects are at least ten times more dumbed down than that of Prada, or Attack Attack especially.
lol listen to your new fav. album again. Believe that is an unbelievable amount of autotune, reverb, and a whole mess of effects on his voice. its so blatant that almost every vocal melody he ceates sound the same because the computer is generating the same effect. I've seen their live videos, the kid can't sing as well as u wish he could
Of mice is men is so generic just regular screamo, no synth, they sound like a bland Attack attack!, attack attack are a guilty listen. and in fear and faith is the only good comparison, both band's have nice use of synth/piano In my honest opinion,