WE CAME AS ROMANS & BRAND OF SACRIFICE - Release A Punishing New Version of "Darkbloom"

A stark reminder of our own inner strength and a challenge to flourish even when faced with our darkest days, metalcore mavericks We Came As Romans issued a worthy test to both listeners and themselves with the release of ‘Darkbloom’ last July; Die or grow.

Now, nine months after throwing down the gauntlet, Joshua Moore (guitar), Dave Stephens (vocals), Lou Cotton (guitar), Andy Glass (bass), and David Puckett (drums), have returned to fulfill that promise alongside friends, collaborators, and deathcore innovators, Brand of Sacrifice.

Out today via SharpTone Records, ‘Darkbloom’ simultaneously retains the emotional strength and fortitude presented in the Michigan quintet’s original single, while confidently adding yet another layer of unruly heft to the already seething track.

Together, the WCAR and BOS camps, alongside producer Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, Fit For A King, Crown The Empire), were determined to not only push the limits, but fashion the heaviest rendition possible. And, while each artist was distinctly aware of the current trend of re-working past material using a lighter touch, the creative unit zigged where others zagged, battering audiences with a combination of snarling vocals, electric synths, and pulverizing breakdowns.

On their rebellious attitude and brutal collaboration, We Came As Romans state:

“We’ve been fans of Brand of Sacrifice for a minute - and when we had the idea to do a reimagined version of Darkbloom, they were the first people to come to mind. A lot of bands have done incredible re-releases or reimagined versions of songs, and those versions are usually stripped down and showcase a softer side. We wanted to do the exact opposite - to team up with some powerhouses in the deathcore scene, and release something heavy, fast paced and aggressive. It’s been a blast working with the BOS guys, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”

Elaborating further, Brand of Sacrifice add:

“When WCAR approached us to rewrite this track with them, we were excited to be able to work with a band that has done so much for metalcore as a whole. This reimagined version of Darkbloom is full of aggression and energy, and combines all of the elements that make both of our bands special with some unexpected surprises along the way. I’m super stoked that we have the opportunity to innovate and bridge the gap between two very different sub genres, and do something insane that really hasn’t been done all that often in metal.”

Crackling with energy, ‘Darkbloom’ is perfectly paired with an equally stunning visualizer which fans can watch and stream here: https://www.shrptn.co/darkbloom-bos

Since the release of their milestone debut album, 2009’s To Plant a Seed, diehard fans depend on We Came As Romans to deliver intimate, confessional, and autobiographical anthems, each one challenging, triumphant, and passionate. Darkbloom is a bright light in the darkness with the strength of every WCAR album before it. Singer David Stephens, guitarist Joshua Moore, bassist Andy Glass, guitarist Lou Cotton, and drummer David Puckett usher in an ambitious, courageous new era, while honoring the legacy and memory of their fallen bandmate, co-vocalist and keyboardist Kyle Pavone.

We Came As Romans’ initial ascent was quick and assured, catapulting the band (who met as teens) into the hearts of devoted fans immersed in the metalcore, post-hardcore, and Warped Tour subculture. Their hook-filled heavy music carries an uplifting message and connects with even greater urgency live. The increasingly diverse catalog of metallic might, melodic strength, and electronic atmosphere soars in clubs, theaters, and fests. They’ve supported tastemaker acts like Bring Me The Horizon, I Prevail, Bullet For My Valentine, and The Used.

Conquering a myriad of impressive milestones since their formation - including topping Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, and accumulating over 500 million catalog streams worldwide - WCAR have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.