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We Came As Romans – ‘Darkbloom’

Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive, blessthefall, Fit for a King, I Prevail
Release Date
October 14, 2022

After nearly 15 years in the business, We Came As Romans (WCAR) have received critical acclaim, a substantial social-media presence and countless sold-out shows. This year has the Michigan metalcore/post hardcore returning with ‘Darkbloom’, their first studio album since 2017.

As an album, not only will fans of WCAR love it, but fans of Memphis May Fire and Miss May I will also lap this up because ‘Darkbloom’ is a real call to arms, it rallies around a fallen brother in former vocalist Kyle Pavone who passed away in 2018. ‘Darkbloom’ is an adrenaline rush right from the start. It has it all, a hammering groove throughout, evocative guitars and is coupled with cathartic and potent vocals, ranging from clean to harsh and hypnotic chants. Furthermore, the energy here is completely undeniable, it is fast and furious and only occasionally tempered by the likes of ‘One More Day’ and thought provoking instrumentals remaining emotionally charged throughout. Through its 10 tracks, the synths and rapping are never out of place and only serve to fully enhance the amphitheatre of sound. Yes, ‘Promise You’ is a little bit of a vanilla ending, but sometimes a whisper is louder than a scream and serves as a perfect epitaph and eulogy.

From start to finish, ‘Darkbloom’ is thoroughly enjoyable and is arguably one of the best metalcore/post-hardcore albums of the year. Are you not entertained?!

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