Experimental, heavy, emotional – “Cold Like War” is the logical successor of “Tracing Back Roots”.
Brutal and brutally honest – a rollercoaster of emotions.
I really loved the “Tracing Back Roots” album and I also think that “We Came As Romans” is a good album – but in sum, the latest album of WE CAME AS ROMANS is softer with fewer screams and happier songs. The feeling that the new output “Cold Like War” creates, reminds me of “Tracing Back Roots”, but it also is a development that feels natural – excluding the self-titled album somehow. On “Cold Like War”, WE CAME AS ROMANS are back on the fast lane, they’re kicking asses with heavy and brutal guitar riffs and on those riffs, they put beautiful lyrics sung by the not less beautiful voice of Kyle Pavone.
When I listened to the album the first time, I was overwhelmed by the deep emotions within the lyrics – the title track tells the story of the band losing their cohesion (at least that’s what the promo sheet says), but it could also be a song about a broken relationship. ‘Two Hands’ is a mid-tempo ballad about saying goodbye and ‘Foreign Fire’ – my favorite song on the album – is the self-reflection of mistakes a person made in a romantic relationship.
Most of the songs deal with the topic of loss, conflicts, destroyed relationships and the struggle to fix them. The album information also says that WE CAME AS ROMANS made bitter experiences with people in the music business and learned from this process – yes, you can also interpret the lyrics like this. Another topic is fighting against one’s own ego, which leads to destroyed relationships as well.
Lyrics as beautiful as always, plus a musical development.
Lyricwise, WE CAME AS ROMANS always were on a high level and they keep that level on “Cold Like War”. The attitude of integrity and always being true to one’s self reminds me a lot of THE CHARM THE FURY (or TCTF remind me of WE CAME AS ROMANS in this case, because they were there first). Concerning the music itself, there are some new elements or maybe I should better say some elements got more space on the new album. It’s far more electronic than the previous albums – especially ‘Encoder’, a song that would fit into every ESKIMO CALLBOY album.
Another very electronic song is ‘Promise Me’ – a beautiful ballad that is even softer and cheesier than the songs on “We Came As Romans”. Other songs sound so much like heavy metal that one could mistake them for IN FLAMES, THE UNGUIDED or DARK TRANQUILLITY (Swedish Melodic Death Metal, so to speak), for example in ‘If There’s Nothing To See’ and ‘Lost In The Moment’, which is a bit (synthie-) poppy.
It feels like there is much more keyboard in some of the songs – or the keyboard is more in focus now – which makes the album softer than “Tracing Back Roots”. But there are also the brutally heavy songs like the title track. So “Cold Like War” is the all-inclusive package of WE CAME AS ROMANS, dealing with everything the band has to offer on a really high level. If you have ever been into the band or into some of the bands I mentioned, you should give the album a try and I’m sure you won’t regret it.
In sum, it seems WE CAME AS ROMANS are back on track as they want to be. And I’m happy to have them back!
WE CAME AS ROMANS’ new album “Cold Like War” – Tracklist:
- Vultures With Clipped Wings
- Cold Like War
- Two Hands
- Lost In The Moment
- Foreign Fire
- Wasted Age
- If There’s Nothing To See
- Promise Me
- Learning To Survive