The last leg of In Hearts Wake’s Skydancer tour descended on Melbourne recently, and as fans packed into Arrow on Swanston, it promised to be a killer show. The line-up was something of a showcase of the best of Australian and American metalcore; locals Storm the Sky and In Hearts Wake teamed up with American heroes Beartooth and We Came as Romans to deliver a thrilling show.
And true to form, they delivered. We Came as Romans were the penultimate act for the night, and continued to build on the energy injected into the crowd by Beartooth in style. Every bit of their performance was tight. Both the clean and harsh vocals from Kyle Pavone and Dave Stevens were delivered with such intensity, carried over the frantic pit by Eric Choi’s tight drumming. Not only was the band’s musicianship on point, their tight, energetic performance mixed with a great rapport with the crowd had everyone jumping, singing along, moshing or at the least, headbanging to oneself. And the moshing antics weren’t just limited to the crowd; members of the band got hands on with the fans, jumping backwards off amp stacks, proving how much they trust their fans. It was such an amazing moment to be a part of.
The crowd was definitely rewarded for their energy by a sneak peek at two songs from their upcoming self-titled album, Regenerate and The World I Used to Know. If the quality of these two tunes is anything to go by, it’s going to be a killer album, so stay tuned.The entire setlist had a great feel to it; the only issue was that a lot of the crowd were left wanting more. However, with a good spread across their albums and their fiery cover of The Wanted’s hit Glad You Came, they laid down enough to please their fans and win over the rest that mightn’t have heard of them. After a show like that, I’m sure they won’t be forgetting about them anytime soon.
What makes We Came as Romans such a dynamic band, the melodic keyboard and guitars soaking through the punk and metal foundations, shone through onstage for all to see. They provided a powerful performance, and continue to earn the praise they receive for their hard work. Definitely a band to see if you get the opportunity.
Review by Jordan Sibberas.
Photos by Jen Rees