Offshoots of progressive metal, or djent, is really having its time in the sun at the moment. It seems as though acts from almost every sub-genre of metal are incorporating some kind of aspect of the tones or the playstyle to their music, and some are truly good, and some are undoubtedly awful. Reading hailing six piece, Rise of Rome, have lovingly crafted their progressive metal infused brand of metalcore for just under a year now, and they’ve finally got a debut single to grace our eagerly awaiting ears; and I can assure you, they have done it damn right.
Retribution certainly is a mixed bag. The music itself isn’t what most people would consider technical, but it bears a number of the parent genres hallmarks, making use of high-gain tones combined with choppy, angular riffs, as well as a sharp tapping section to start off proceedings from the stringsmen Steve Barlow and Sammy Ragheb, with more than enough beatdowns to boot. One of the most notable things about Rise of Rome’s dynamic, featured nicely in the single, is the relationship between the two vocalists; Dave Payne takes on the role of chief filth-monger, with Phil Bozeman stylings and Mathieu Zelceski complimenting with more hardcore leaning influences, with a huge amount of personality. This is all backed up by one of the most solid backlines I’ve seen in an upcoming band, with drummer Elliot Plummer, who is an absolute talisman behind the kit, and Kyle Townsend providing the low-end with a considerable amount of innovation.
The Reading metal scene hasn’t exactly been the healthiest thing for a good couple of years. After the slew of quality acts that drummed up a fairly vibrant community moved on or fizzled out, local fans have been crying out for a new Sylosis, Arusha Accord or Malefice to ring in a new era. The question is, could djenty-hardcore newcomers Rise of Rome quickly become a staple of the scene? They certainly have the potential, it would be preferable to see them try a few more new and different things in upcoming releases and singles, as its easy to see this sound getting tired rather quickly, and it’s not especially setting the world alight. But with the slew of talent that they have at their disposal, I don’t think there will be too much to worry about; Rise of Rome are definitely one to watch.