PMToday - In Media Res

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Post-hardcore
Rise Records
PMToday
In Media Res
PMToday - In Media Res Review rating:
3.5
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Average: 4.7 (3 votes)

Rise Records. Just the name of the label evokes a cringe in some purists who dislike the increasing homogeneity of today’s post-hardcore and metal-core scenes. However, believe it or not, over the past few years, Rise has also signed some bands that break out of this mold and produce unique sounds that could’ve had the potential to redefine Rise’s image. However, due to lack of promotion and a variety of other reasons, these bands (which includes recently disbanded pop-punkers The Years Gone By and Circa Survive-channeling proggers In:Aviate) fizzled out and dropped off the map. Arkansas’s PMToday is the latest Rise band with the potential to redefine the label's image, and In Media Res’s technical skill and accessibility could be the album that accomplishes this feat. With dizzying temp changes, and the ability to go from sounding like NeverShoutNever at his sappiest to Circa Survive at their most insane in the course of one song makes what could be the best release from a Rise band all year.

In Media Res starts off with an acoustic-driven riff, and finds lead singer Connor Brogan channeling What is Love-era Cristofer Drew at his most vulnerable, before the entire band comes in with haunting chants of “Everyone is a Machine.” This machinery theme continues in the next track “People Are Machines,” which one of the greatest songs this album has to offer. Shouts of “I’m A Machine!” segue into a instrumental part before the vocals come back in, even more powerful than before. This skill of the band becomes noticeable all over the record, whether the band is artfully pulling off the ballad “I Am Wrong,” or furiously ripping through a track like “Progress Is A Lemon.” Of course, before the record ends, the band decides to enter in one more reference to machines. The brilliant, false-ending record closer “A Convenient Literary Device for Ending Short Stories and Books” also happens to be the definition of deus ex machina, and, regardless, beautifully ends a brilliant album.

In Media Res is not a typical Rise release. The synth is not present, and mosh-worthy breakdowns are not represented. However, in their stead, the band has put out a dizzying, emotionally charged release, sure to give goosebumps to even the most cynical music fan. As stated before, PMToday has the potential to redefine Rise’s image. Let’s just hope they get enough promotion to get the chance to do so.

1. Thoughts In Transit
2. People Are Machines
3. Goodbye, Blue Monday
4. Progress Is a Lemon
5. Don’t Exist
6. I Am Wrong
7. Sad World
8. Soma Holiday
9. Composing a Commercial Product
10. A Convenient Literary Device for Ending Short Stories and Books

PMtoday are a progressive rock band from Jacksonville, Arkansas. They have recently signed to Rise Records. They have two full length albums, "And Then The Hurricane", and "In Medias Res".

Current Members:

* Connor Brogan - Guitar/Vocals
* Ryan Brogan - Drums/Vocals
* Cuinn Brogan - Guitar/Vocals
* Jerrod Morgan - Bass/Vocals

[email protected]

http://www.myspace.com/pmtoday

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