Romans - All Those Wrists (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


All Those Wrists (2007)


Romans play metalcore, and because of this and their name, you're probably thinking, "Great, another Botch ripoff." The truth is -- not quite. While there is hints of that band on Romans' self-released full-length, All Those Wrists, the album often seems more tastefully in line with the full-throttle charge of Converge and Isis' heavier moments.

Because of this, All Those Wrists is an immediately impressive release. The band pummel forth with a guttural scream and pulsating riffs for twelve tracks that, while sometimes sounding the same, are economical and well-done. Opener "The Last Fifty-Eight Quatrains of the Seventh Century" is a hard-charging burst, while the middle of the album packs a fierce, original punch as well: "Manbeam" is an instrumental interlude that leads into the similarly slow-churning "Tidepool," then comes the mathy, frenetic pair of "Towing Anchors" and "Depths." "Carve Up and Give Away" is a definite standout, for its emboldened approach and wailing riffs.

For such a young band (they just formed 13 months ago) having released a record DIY this good-looking sonically and aesthetically, credit is definitely due. With the right producer and some more memorable songwriting, Romans could really be going places -- and I don't just mean through the conquering of other European civilizations.

Nail, Nail, Nail
All Those Wrists
Smear Merchant
Carve Up and Give Away