As is customary for We Came As Romans, they finished off their first tour of 2023 in Detroit, MI. They were out promoting their newest release, Darkbloom. In their first tour of the year they brought along ERRA and Brand of Sacrifice.
Written by Jessica Trail
The first band of the night was Brand of Sacrifice. They are a deathcore band with a dash of technical metal from Toronto and Manhattan, New York. They started out their brutal seven-song set with “Dawn” from their album Lifeblood. They are made-up of Kyle Anderson on harsh and clean vocals, Liam Beeson on guitar, Andrew Kim on bass, and Mike Caputo on drums. They continued playing songs from the 2021 album and then stirred up the already enthusiastic crowd with the 2022 single “Exodus.” They closed out the set with opening track from their 2018 album The Interstice. This was a great ending to a ferocious set.
See full gallery of Brand Of Sacrifice performance here.
Up next was the metalcore band, ERRA, from Birmingham, Alabama. They started the night with the very popular single, “Pull from the Ghost.” The moshing and crowd-surfing starting as soon as they started playing. By the time their second song, “House of Glass” started there was a steady stream of crowd surfers pouring over the barricade. To say that the crowd was into ERRA would me a massive understatement.
ERRA is made up of JT Cavey on harsh vocals, Jesse Cash on lead guitar and clean vocals, Conor Hesse on bass, Clint Tustin on rhythm guitar, and Alex Ballew on drums. These guys have a big year ahead of them still with heading out on their own headlining Europe tour just 6 days after ending the tour with We Came As Romans. They will then head out with Bad Omens to support their Will We Both Go Home Alive tour starting in May.
See full gallery of Erra performance here.
After a short pause for changeover, it was time for the headliner, We Came As Romans, to take the stage. After 23 shows in 31 days the band, from Troy, Michigan, had finally made it to their hometown for the last show of the tour. They started the night with three songs from their newest album, Darkbloom. They continued with “Lost in the Moment” from the 2017 album, Cold Like War. Before starting in on “Wasted Ages” from the same album they took a pause to talk to the audience. “Somewhere along the way on that record, we lost track of who we were as a band…. We reached out to people who we knew we could trust. People who had been there for us since day one… for a band that is our fan base. You guys helped us start to put the pieces back together… I just wanted to say thank you for that!”
Before starting “Tracing Back Roots” from the album of the same name, they let the audience know that they opened up an online poll for the audience to pick a song for the set. After that song and “Hope,” from the Tracing Back Roots album singer, Dave Stephens announced that “Fade Away” won the poll. He continued with saying, “this song goes out to my mom. It is her favorite.” They then continued the night with one more song from Cold Like War. They then closed out the main portion of the set with “Darkbloom” before coming back out with Brand of Sacrifice to perform “Darkbloom” again as an encore before ending the night and tour with “Black Hole.”
See full gallery of We Came As Romans performance here.
With this US tour over the changes to see them this year are not over. In May We Came As Romans returns to the road with the first show of the Europe tour starting in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
11.May: Esch-Sur-Alzette LU @ Rockhal
13.May: Prague CZ @ Rock Cafe
14.May: Warsaw PL @ Proxima
15.May: Berlin DE @ Hole44
17.May: Munich DE @ Strom
19.May: Vienna AT @ Simm City
20.May: Milan IT @ Legend
21.May: Zurich CH @ Klub Komplex
23.May: Hamburg DE @ Logo
24.May: Cologne DE @ Luxor
25.May: Paris FR @ Le Trabendo
27.May: Hatfield UK @ Slam Dunk South
28.May: Leeds UK @ Slam Dunk North
30.May: Dublin IE @ Academy
31.May: Belfast UK @ LL1
1.June: Glasgow UK @ The Cathouse