We Came as Romans

To Plant a Seed

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To Plant a Seed, the first full-length release by We Came as Romans, is billed as a hardcore album with a twist. In addition to the expected guttural vocals, double kickdrum thunder, and heavy guitar riffage, the band devotes ample time to melody, with co-vocalist Kyle Pavone adding some crooning relief to the mix and producer Joey Sturgis layering the group's music with symphonic arrangements. Those looking to bang their heads will still find plenty of traditional hardcore elements here, particularly the horror-movie screaming of frontman Dave Stevens, but To Plant a Seed ultimately winds up as a somewhat confusing debut, its Christian-tinged message muddled by the reliance on minor-key progressions and throat-shredding vocals.

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