Weedly, weedly, weedly. When metal fans see that word they instantly think of one thing: tech death. As the Monster Becomes certainly fit into that category, but do not necessarily over do it. As the Monster Becomes balances out the techy-ness with the straight brutality of deathcore.
As the Monster Becomes reminds of Rings of Saturn or Beneath the Massacre, only with more breakdowns. This band goes from the weedly guitar riffs to the bone-crushing breakdowns. The band also has some melodic death metal and slam death metal influence as well, which is seen in “Horror Massacre Vol. II where instead of a breakdown it sounds more like a Begging for Incest-like slam.
The guitar work on this EP is superb. The riffs are not unnecessarily technical and the band creates some very good riffs mixing in the melodic death metal influence with it. This is really prevalent in “Revelation,” where the riffs, not so much the breakdowns, really dominate. Speaking of breakdowns, there is many them, which can get old after a while. However, the breakdowns are so insanely catchy on this EP that it is almost enough to not worry about the amount. The guitar tone and the album production is what really makes the breakdowns stand out as they sound just gargantuan. The band also brings some keyboards into the mix every once and a while to spice up a breakdown or two. The vocals on this album somewhat remind of Ian Bearer. The vocalist does not have the outstanding range that Bearer does but it is definitely there. The lows and highs of the vocalist really hold up with the rest of the genre. The vocalist even goes one step further and brings some gutturals for the oh so special occasion.
If there is one negative thing about this EP is that it is kinda repetitive. It goes back and forth between weedly weedly and chug chug. There is some variations to this formula but it stays like this for the most part. Also, there is many breakdowns on this album and can get tiring for some. If the band can mix it up a little more by doing less breakdowns and maybe more melodic stuff then this band can really be at the top of their genre.
As the Monster Becomes has certainly laid the groundwork for a successful future. This is a great EP and should not be overlooked. The band has this EP available for a free download so there is no reason to not give this a listen.