Review: Alazka and We Came As Romans, at The Underworld
Alazka and We Came As Romans ended their joined European tour with an amazing sold out show at The Underworld in Camden.
After a change in their line-up, the German band ‘Alazka’ currently comprises of the vocalists Tobias Rische and Kassim Auale, the guitarists Marvin Bruckwilder and Dario Sanchez, as well as bassist Julian Englisch and drummer Tobias Lotze. Their debut album ‘Phoenix’ (2017, Sharptone Records) shows influences of melodic hardcore, metalcore and post-hardcore, mixing clean and screamed vocals with atmospheric guitar sounds. The fusion of melancholic and deep lyrics with catchy refrains and heavy guitar riffs creates a special atmosphere.
The American metalcore band We Came As Romans, comprising drummer David Puckett, the vocalists Kyle Pavone and Dave Stephens, bassist Andy Glass, as well as the guitarists Joshua Moore and Lou Cotton, show influences of post-hardcore, screamo and metalcore, adding melodic passages, orchestral instrumentation and keys to their heavy guitar sound. With their self-titled release, the band showed a stylistic shift towards an alternative metal direction.
The Underworld opened the doors around 7pm to a rather young audience. First was the American metalcore band The Plot In You who mixes vibey sounds with heavy guitars, break downs and both clean and screamed vocal. Right from the start of their set, the crowd sung along, had fun jumping around and enjoyed the show which was deeply appreciated by the band. Keeping up the energy for the second band, Polaris who are a melodic hardcore quintet showing influences of post-ardcore and melodic metal core, mixing melodic clear and rough screamed vocals, the crowd went mental. There was a mosh pit in the middle of the room, as well as continuously ongoing stage diving.
Not slowing down, the crowd formed into another big mosh pit as Alazka entered the stage. They played a good mix of their new and some older songs. Overwhelmed by the positive feedback and power with which the audience screamed the lyrics back to them, Alazka couldn’t thank their fans enough. Even Kassim and Tobias took their chance and joined the crowd themselves, having an amazing time. Not slowing down, the crowd continued stage diving and moshing during We Came As Roman’s set and kept the energy high until the end.
Overall, it was an amazing evening with talented bands and an energetic audience. Both the crowd and the bands had a great time, as they were impressed by the positive feedback of their fans. The acoustic was well mixed, and the lights were simple creating a dark set which suited the ambience.