WE CAME AS ROMANS @ The Forge – Joliet, Illinois

March 2nd, 2018

Photos by Rob Haberman

Review by Victoria Goodman


We Came As Romans is currently on the road in support of their fifth studio album, Cold Like War, and they stopped by The Forge in Joliet, IL on March 3rd. With support from The Plot In You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, and Tempting Fate, this tour has been selling out in cities across the United States.

After establishing themselves as a staple of this music scene following the releases of To Plant A Seed (2009) and Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be (2011), We Came As Romans have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. The longevity of the band’s career is impressive to say the least and fans recognized this; they were just as enthusiastic and receptive when the band opened their set with “Vultures With Clipped Wings” as they were when they performed older classics such as “Mis//Understanding”.

We Came As Romans made great use of the space available in the Forge. Formerly known as Mojoes, and later on as The Tree, the venue has seen a vast number of changes over the last several years. The physical layout of the venue has changed significantly; We Came As Romans quickly used this to their advantage by placing their drum kit and DJ set-up in a unique fashion, increasing their stage presence and ability to interact with the crowd.

The support bands put on attention-catching performances as well. Los-Angeles, CA based Tempting Fate opened the night, warming the crowd up for what was to come. Within seconds of Currents taking the stage, the pit opened and gave way to an impressive set that left everyone desiring more (as it was unfortunately cut short). The crowd became even more enthusiastic as Oceans Ate Alaska, a British metalcore band, continued the night. There is no denying their ability to incite crowd interaction as their intricate drumming, technical riffs, and powerful vocals had everyone moshing and crowd-surfing. The last (but definitely not least) opener of the night, The Plot In You, mesmerized the crowd with a dynamic setlist consisting of a variety of new and old songs. I had previously not had the pleasure of seeing them perform live and the wait was undoubtedly worth it. Their seamless blend of influences creates an awe-inspiring experience for the audience; you do not want to miss them if they are playing your city.