WE CAME AS ROMANS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - STEPHEN HILL

ALAZKA/POLARIS/ THE PLOT IN YOU

UN­DER­WORLD, LON­DON

Tonight’s sup­port­ing cast is what you’d gen­er­ously call a mixed bag.

THE PLOT IN YOU [4] ap­pro­pri­ate mod­ern pop by be­ing all hooks and no songs or per­son­al­ity. POLARIS

[6] are a de­cent, if generic, tech metal band who at least have sat­is­fy­ingly jud­der­ing riffs and plenty of life in them, and ALAZKA

[3], who are ac­tu­ally billed as co­head­lin­ers and draw the big­gest crowd of the night, are sac­cha­rine, overly earnest, pre­dictable and ut­terly dull – although the crowd’s re­ac­tion is akin to watch­ing Queen at live aid. Weird. It’s a shock to see the crowd thin for

WE CAME AS ROMANS [6], but the sex­tet are wor­thy head­lin­ers. While their brand of met­al­core is a lit­tle too bub­blegum by 2018’s stan­dards, songs like Re­gen­er­ate still have enough bounce and ag­gres­sion to hold your at­ten­tion. It all gets a bit too Hol­ly­wood at points, es­pe­cially when synths man Kyle Pavone leads the band through an end­less, mis­guided dub­step break­down sec­tion, but WCar are work­man­like and en­joy­able enough.

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