PMtoday
In Medias Res


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
March 30th, 2010 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With In Medias Res, pmtoday have given Post-Hardcore fans something to be excited about in 2010

You never forget your first crush. In the span of my musical evolution, it all began with the world of Post-Hardcore at the beginning of the 'oughts. Even though I have since moved on to other likes, the genre still holds a spot in my heart. How could it not with albums like The Illusion of Safety, Full Collapse, and Doppelganger? That's why I still keep my ear to the ground, looking for the bands that are trying to keep Post-Hardcore afloat through its ups and downs. Interestingly enough, my latest find, pmtoday, a band consisting of four brothers from Arkansas, comes from a label that has carved out its existence by personifying the most vapid and cliché aspects of the scene, Rise Records. Talk about not judging a book by its cover!

In Medias Res is a musical cornucopia of technical prowess wrapped around a core of some of the sugariest hooks imaginable. Don't let its introductory track fool you. Everything after the somewhat lackluster balladry of 'Thoughts in Transit' is a musical roller coaster, turning on a dime, shifting from delectable delay driven leads to rising sing-a-long choruses, crazed stop start riffing to enchanting calm. It's one hell of a ride. Lead guitarist Cuinn Brogan, taking ques from The Fall of Troy's Thom Erak, is constantly sprinting across his fretboard with nimble hammer-on pull-off licks that, to his credit, stay within the confines of good taste, displaying his skill without sacrificing flow or letting it lapse into a self-indulgent wankfest.

Lyrically, In Medias Res is faceted around the insecurities and shifting social constructs of a young adult. Faith, relationships both personal and family based, and realizing that the world has no qualms with knocking you flat on your ass if it so feels inclined to do so seem to be the biggies. pmtoday are lyrically at their best when they are at their most honest, like in 'I Am Wrong' where Connor Brogan croons in his ever present falsetto, “Am I wrong if I lose my faith?/ If I forget about and miss your birthday?/ You're a dead-end job I hate/ A dingy apartment I can't afford to pay.” At times the rhymes can come off as forced, causing a grimace or two, but it is easy to overlook given their overall sincerity.

With their Rise Records debut pmtoday have penned what will likely end up being one of the best Post-Hardcore albums to come out in 2010. In Medias Res fires on all cylinders, delivering all the flair and personality of such genre heavyweights as Dance Gavin Dance and Circa Survive. Sure, it may not rack up the points for originality, but it's done right and done with style. What more could you ask for?



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2010


17222 Comments


this is streaming over at apnet ahead of it's release next week
http://www.absolutepunk.net/artists/showlink.php?do=showdetails&l=25732

Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2010


16051 Comments


I've rejected it twice in the last few minutes… I don't know why it comes up as a pure white box sometimes. Especially since someone else can take the same artwork and it goes through fine.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2010


17222 Comments


thanks a lot mang.

Waior
March 30th 2010


11461 Comments


I enjoy this, but it could be anywhere between a 3 - 4.5 right now, just have to listen more.

inherently closure in moscow with less compression

Digging: Hey Rosetta! - Second Sight

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2010


17222 Comments


it started out kinda low for me too but by the time I finished my second spin i was hooked.

Inveigh
March 30th 2010


25025 Comments


ok, I'm interested. good review, one of your longer ones actually. I've been out of the post-hardcore game for quite some time, not sure if I'll like this but I'll definitely give it a spin.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2010


17222 Comments


hahaha yeah, i'm trying to get back to writing stuff at a decent length. the first track is basically
a throw away. just skip it. everything else is great.

Inveigh
March 30th 2010


25025 Comments


word, I will hit this up as soon as I get home. In a fucking hour and a half.

Waior
March 30th 2010


11461 Comments


i enjoy the first track

PuddlesPuddles
March 30th 2010


4786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Me too

This is cool though the vocals irritate me at times when he gets too pitchy

Thanks for the newmusic

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2010


17222 Comments


that's my issue with the opener tbh

Brokenjewel
March 30th 2010


1247 Comments


Not a bad album, think it'll grow on me over time. Cool review.

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2010


10499 Comments


you just crossed the 90-review threshold what a time-wasting bitch

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Waior
March 30th 2010


11461 Comments


not so, he is on the threshold

tombits
March 30th 2010


3471 Comments


Nice review dude, I'll check this out.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2010


17222 Comments


threshold will be pass next week with the new Red Sparowes.

MrSenior
March 31st 2010


212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I actually can't stop listening to this. It does have some similarities to Closure is Moscow, but with less Volta worship and more Muse-ish riffs.



SpoonerMcgee
April 1st 2010


61 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This CD is immense. That adjective alone describes the amount of creativity, musicianship, and undeniable catchiness made apparent through almost every track of this CD. I think it's true that the first listen is hard to pick apart and comprehend fully, but by the second listen I found myself around humming parts. I've listened to it about 12-13 times in the past 2 days, and it's the most addictive CD I've listened to in quite awhile. Congrats to PMToday for kickin' dick musically and being different (really, the variety on this CD is awesome).

axetofall517
April 2nd 2010


63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review.

axetofall517
April 2nd 2010


63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band was signed to Rise to replace In:aviate.



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