We Came As Romans
Label: Spinefarm Records UK
It's hard to imagine a metalcore band less metal than these top-10-charting suburban Detroiters -- much of their self-titled fourth album sounds more like all-purpose Auto-Tune pop, or radio emo with an electronic undercurrent. But opener "Regenerate" hopscotches through the moshpit; the eat-the-rich motif of "Tear It Down" skirts rapcore; and "Defiance" flails around an unreliably narrated screamo tantrum: "I'm! Not! Falling apart again!" (repeated again and again). Croon-whined breakup angst dominates though, and the 10 songs add up to a perfectly timed, and graciously compact, 33:33.