Virginia power trio Elisium has been working their music for nearly ten years, and have one album to their credit. They arrive in 2012 with a new six song EP aptly titled Becoming, an interesting slice of modern heavy rock.
Becoming is tale of two discs. Skipping the intro, both Bombshells and Sleep Awhile are heavy rock, nearing metal, with an abundance of riffage. But only the latter breathes with noticeable melody. Oddly, the EP turns on the hinge of an odd cover song, Men Without Hats' Safety Dance. It's curiously entertaining, and a contrast to the preceding, but also a foreshadowing of what is to come. AGV and Surface are better songs than the former half simply because, by composition, they are musically more interesting, and accessible.
But all this begs the question, where are Elisium going with their sound? Or better, what are they becoming? I'm not sure. There seems to be an almost experimental nature to this short disc. Perhaps we'll know more as Elisium evolves in the future.