After having to reschedule this tour twice, We Came As Romans was finally able to make their way to Minnesota and perform their album To Plant a Seed live, one final time. Fans new and old celebrated a bittersweet parting from this album and came together to celebrate the evolution of this band.
Hollow Front opened for this tour and had a short but really strong set. Minnesotans always surprise me with their passion for heavy music and Hollow Front’s Tyler Page, made a comment during their set about how people really turned up and were ready for a metal show last night.
The stage is much smaller, however, making things look a bit cramped, but Hollow Front did a great job utilizing the small space that they had and still put on an energetic performance.
Dayseeker followed Hollow Front with their powerful vocals and emotional lyrics. Their short set was heartwarming, yet heavy. Vocalist, Rory Rodriguez, always does a great job connecting with the crowd and he shared that the only thing more fulfilling than being able to come back and play shows, was the recent birth of his daughter.
He also shared that his father had passed away in July and that Rodriguez wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t watched his dad chase his own dreams in music. Dayseeker’s songs are raw and I always appreciate their ability to talk about real-life struggles in their music and share that part of themselves with their fans.
Following Dayseeker, The Devil Wears Prada hit the stage playing a really fun range of songs from their albums Plagues, and The Act, a few off of their Zombie EP, and even more. I brought one of my oldest friends with me to this show and we grew up while I was still discovering my taste for metal music.
She recognized a few of their older songs from things I had shown her back when we were in high school and it was heartwarming and nostalgic to think back on the days of Plagues and who we were back then.
Something really special about this tour is that fans came together to share in an experience and see how our favorite bands have matured and aged alongside us. Not only did these artists create music that related to fans years ago, but they are also still creating music that we can appreciate now.
We Came As Romans started their performance with a touching video of all of the members talking about why and how their album, The Plant a Seed has been so important for them and for others and their appreciation for how that album helped the band grow and become who they are today.
They were so much fun to watch perform because you could see how happy they were to be together playing music and celebrating their growth since the birth of We Came as Romans. The genuine happiness bassist, Andrew Glass, exuded on stage warmed my heart and my friend even commented how authentically happy he looked.
Seeing performers who are truly enjoying themselves the way that Glass was on stage is a treat and something that always sticks with me when looking back at some of my favorite shows.
We Came As Romans vocalist, David Stephens talked about how strangers can come together at a show and start singing together, living in the moment, like we’re a family.
Stephens shared that something he struggles with is living in the moment, but how he truly respected how big Kyle Pavone’s heart was and how great he was at doing it. Kyle Pavone was the We Came As Romans frontman until 2018 when he passed away, leaving the community shocked and scared for We Came As Romans’ future.
At the end of the night, the band shared a tribute to Kyle that was heartfelt and addressed his passing respectfully and lovingly. You could see how much the members of We Came As Romans love each other and respect their origins in To Plant a Seed and how much they miss their bandmate and brother.
It’s been ten years since To Plant a Seed came out and though it’s sad to see them begin their journey moving away from that album, this tour gave a beautiful final tribute to not only the album but also to Kyle.
Last night reminded me of how important their music was to me ten years ago and how even my friends and family can remember the songs and bands that I grew up with now. I’m excited for what the future holds for We Came As Romans and hearing them play their new single along with their oldies, was a fun teaser for what’s to come.