I started 'following' Rome since Nera/Berlin/their concert in Arnhem ( https://www.podiuminfo.nl/concert/12670/The-Protagonist/Goudvishal
/ ). I too miss the Martial/Ambient atmosphere from back then, but I guess it's good that they/he (Jerome) doesn't keep releasing the same thing over and over again.
Recent albums have their ups and downs (too much output IMO). I care the least for the more rock / minimal folk oriented songs...
I was in college (or should I say university) when I started listening to Rome. Seems like such a long time ago... So many memories, both good and bad, but they definitely stuck with me over time.
Unfortunately I never got to see them on stage, missed a few opportunities in my native country, most recent in 2017.
And although I miss their initial work, I feel diversity makes for something interesting and challenging.
Whenever I think of change and evolution through the years, Ulver always comes first to mind. I was never a fan of their early work, but I absolutely like what followed. Hard to describe in a few words, so I will leave a song here. Eos w live at the Norwegian National Opera