Offering a unique blend of dark rock and modern metal, Elisium, a 3-piece band from Virginia have a lot to offer music appreciators. With their newest EP, “Becoming”, coming out on 5.22.12, Elisium has come a long way since their first album “Things They Carried”, which was released on Baltimore based Hard Volume Records in 2004. It is clear that touring with bands like Chevelle, Flaw, Days of the New, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Straight Line Stitch, and Nonpoint has made them no longer strangers to professional-level musicianship.
Band members Nate Compton, Kirb Compton, and Nathan Thomas offer a great mesh of rock, metal and progressive rock within the six tracks of “Becoming.”
Vocalist/Guitarist Nate Compton, and brother Kirb Compton on bass hold down the harmonies with ease, while Nathan Thomas (called “Junior”) is on drums.
“Becoming” starts off with Intro, a very melodic electronic instrumental piece that, without vocals, manages to shine on its own and give a great vibe to what the rest of the album holds.
Bombshells, track 2, begins with heavy metal guitar riffs, hard-hitting drums and the pulsating of the bass thumping diligently until the inclusion of Nate’s voice completely intensifies the song. It’s a great rock track. Nate’s voice reminds me a lot of Three Day’s Grace vocalist Adam Gontier, or Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix, it has an edge and purity that is so addicting to listen to. Overall, a phenomenal track to start off the album as the lyrics were catchy and told a great story.
Sleep Awhile has a great combination of highs and lows hidden throughout the song. While the vocals possess a calming and more ballad feel, combining it with a heavy guitar and pounding drums makes for a great sound. The lyrics are strong and relatable. It is clear these guys draw from personal experiences to create musical masterpieces.
Track 4, Safety Dance, offers a completely different feel than the other tracks. With a throwback to 80’s pop song Dance If You Want To by Men At Work, it offers a completely new feel to an old favorite. Adding in the heavy metal guitars and manly yelps in the background made for a completely new approach and showed off a new side to Elisium.
AGV possesses a very hard-hitting sound. The hair-thrasher, fist pumping, make-me-want-to-punch-something vibe lingers immensely while listening to this track. The lyrics are great, Nate’s voice is flawless, the instrumentals are spot on and I can’t think of a better way for Elisium to showcase their very professional and experienced musicianship. Definitely one of the strongest tracks on the album and I would definitely want to make this their first single.
Last but certainly not least is track 6, Surface. What a great and unexpected track it was to listen to. The slow intro to the song was so melodic and as the song went on it possessed such a strong harmony. The vocals, lyrics and instrumentals just made it such a joy to listen to. It offered just enough vulnerability to showcases this 3-piece’s ability to be diverse but not too much to change the fact that they are a heavy metal rock band with an intense edge.
So without further a due: Attention rock lovers of America, check out Eliisum if you want pure, untainted, honest-to-goodness rock music. It was such a wonderful and unexpected surprise to find a band whose sound was pure and not tainted by media’s influenced garbage.
By Breanna Keller