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Album Review

Hailing from Troy, Michigan, brutal metalcore act We Came as Romans followed up their successful 2011 effort Understanding What We've Grown to Be with third album Tracing Back Roots. The album features more straightforward, un-effected vocals from singer David Stephens, who prior to this album focused more on distorted screaming vocals, leaving the clean singing to band keyboardist Kyle Pavone. Along with their regularly pummeling melodic metalcore sound, We Came as Romans also incorporate soaring anthem-like pop into their songs, taking tunes like the title track and "Ghosts" all over the map stylistically, from harsh breakdowns to almost emo-pop chorus harmonies.

Customer Reviews

WCAR TBR review

We came as Romans have done it again. This album is great. Great screams and great singing with great instruments. Kyle sounds better and Dave singing was really cool to me. Yes, the album is a bit softer but they still have that wcar vibe we already know. Awesome job.


Go buy it at Target you will get two additional songs for the same price. Oh by the way they might be the best songs on the entire album, especially if you liked their older sound


Seriously? Whoever recorded, mixed, and mastered this doesn't know how to do this kind of music. Singing use to be so intense and emotional. Guitars use to do amazing leads and sick harmonies and no other band could truly copy their sound. This, however is horrible. "Tracing back roots" also sounds nothing like their true "roots"


Formed: 2005 in Troy, MI

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

We Came as Romans hail from Troy, MI, an upscale Detroit suburb that gave birth to the band’s blend of post-hardcore and melodic screamo. Guitarist Joshua Moore, bassist Andy Glass, drummer Eric Choi, guitarist Lou Cotton, and vocalists David Stephens and Kyle Pavone headlined shows in the Michigan area before graduating to the national circuit, where they opened shows for the likes of Our Last Night, Gwen Stacy, and The Number Twelve Looks Like You. We Came as Romans took time off in September 2008...
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