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Vocals 6
Musicianship 6
Lyrics 6
Production 6
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 6
Reviewer Tilt 6
Final Verdict: 60%
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Vocals 4.77
Musicianship 4.86
Lyrics 4.75
Production 4.95
Creativity 3.75
Lasting Value 5
Reviewer Tilt 5.09
Average: 47%
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We Came As Romans - Understanding What We’ve Grown To...

Reviewed by: Ryan Gardner (11/29/11)
We Came As RomansUnderstanding What We’ve Grown To Be
Record Label: Equal Vision Records
Release Date: September 13, 2011

Within the past few years, We Came As Romans have really found their place within the heavy sing-scream-breakdown crowd. Not unlike bands such as Blessthefall, Of Mice & Men, and I See Stars, the Romans haven’t changed up their formulas much from record to record – sticking to their prevalent synth, auto-tuned clean vocals, and gut wrenching screams. Still, it works well for them, as Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be is undoubtedly an enjoyable record for the genre – despite being rather unoriginal.

Although their sophomore attempt isn’t too much different than their debut record, We Came As Romans seem to have refined their sound more this time around, with Kyle Pavone’s clean vocals really shining throughout the record (“Everything As Planned”), mixing well with David Stephen’s chaotic screams. Understanding carries the same optimism found on To Plant A Seed, being a record of growth and moving forward through hardships.

The musicianship also excels more this time around than on the former record, as the dominating “Cast The First Stone” – which may feature the best screams on the record – and the balanced “A War Inside” prove through and through. So sure, there’s not much original here, but what does surface may be the best record in this genre when compared to other peers, such as the flat Awakening and forgettable The Flood.

Already forming quite a solid foundation and fan base for themselves along with a nice home on Equal Vision Records, We Came As Romans seem to have no plans of stopping anytime soon, putting their best foot forward with Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be. The result of this endeavor is an enjoyable record, at that, with memorable vocal and musical performances, optimistic ideology, and progression – and in the end, that’s a start, isn’t it?


Recommended If You LikeTo Plant A Seed; blessthefall; Of Mice & Men; I See Stars

Listen ToEverything As Planned; Cast The First Stone; A War Inside

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Mis/Understanding
2. Everything As Planned
3. What I Wished I Never Had
4. Cast The First Stone
5. The Way That We Have Been
6. A War Inside
7. Stay Inspired
8. Just Keep Breathing
9. Views That Never Cease, To Keep Me From Myself
10. What My Heart Held
11. I Can’t Make Your Decisions For You
12. Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be

We Came As Romans are:
David Stephens – Screams
Kyle Pavone – Clean Vocals, Keyboards, Synth
Joshua Moore – Guitar
Brian "Lou" Cotton – Guitar
Andrew Glass – Bass
Eric Choi – Drums

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09:36 PM on 11/29/11
They made me do it.
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xhmnimx's Avatar
I honestly thought this album wasn't that good, aside from a few tracks. I loved To Plant A Seed, though.
09:53 PM on 11/29/11
Inside of your heart always
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johnnyferris's Avatar
Album wasn't too good as a whole. There are a few great songs though.
09:58 PM on 11/29/11
http://greatbigchoruses.tumblr.c om/
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njiata603's Avatar
This record bored me to tears.
10:01 PM on 11/29/11
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TwelveTribes230's Avatar
This record bored me to tears.
same here. I'll still listen from time to time if im in the mood, but very forgettable.
10:18 PM on 11/29/11
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StephenYoung's Avatar
How did this band make it way bigger than the other similar bands? No, seriously I'd like to know what these guys have that other bands don't.
10:20 PM on 11/29/11
http://greatbigchoruses.tumblr.c om/
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njiata603's Avatar
same here. I'll still listen from time to time if im in the mood, but very forgettable.
New East of the Wall is FANTASTIC though. Great choice there.
10:45 PM on 11/29/11
Allez l'OL
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JuneJuly's Avatar
btf and om&m are both a lot better than wcar, imo (sorry for that).

I might check this out. I've somehow seen them twice live and both of their singers just aren't very good.
12:10 AM on 11/30/11
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slowmotion90's Avatar
I see stars didn't change their formula? I have to disagree strongly.
12:12 AM on 11/30/11
It's like Meow-Schwitz in here.
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theintention's Avatar
You say record to record as though they have put out multiple records. This is their second. Didn't fit to me. Good review, atrocious album, though i enjoyed their debut. Also, their clean singer is the worst live.
12:13 AM on 11/30/11
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I thought this was way better than their last album
12:41 AM on 11/30/11
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cherrycokewhore's Avatar
I was going to buy then and I'm glad I listened to it on Rdio first, it is weak for a Metalcore album in 2011. There's a lot of phenomenal bands coming up and making it big now that are blowing stuff like this away
12:54 AM on 11/30/11
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xsinkshipsx's Avatar
that was the most passive aggressive review I've ever read
03:37 AM on 11/30/11
Ah, yes.
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brandon_260's Avatar
I completely forgot this album existed. I didn't even give it one whole listen, and I played their debut a ridiculous amount.
04:09 AM on 11/30/11
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Tingstrm's Avatar
Horrible album, sounds like every other band following this cool techno/metal/hardcore/shit trend.
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