Review: Press to Meco’s Affinity

Where have Press to Meco been hiding all this time? These Londoners make a beautiful prog metal racket that’s fused with some brilliant pop rock melodies that makes them sound like The Safety Fire mixed with Tales Don’t Tell Themselves-era Funeral for a Friend. This is such an unusual blend of styles that it really has no place working so damn well.

Affinity is Press to Meco’s 2nd EP and it packs an awful lot of ideas into its’ 5 songs and somehow manages to make a coherent record out of it all. The vocals bring the most memorable melodies to the forefront with a sugary, upbeat quality that’s at polar opposites to the enormous, riff-lead, technical mayhem going on at the same time. The title track is musically on the same page as bands like Periphery and TesseracT which is impressive on its’ own, but partnered with the band’s hugely catchy vocals, Press to Meco manage to make prog accessible for the masses.

The record sounds absolutely massive as well. The production values are really high for such a succinct release. This helps it put the band on a level playing field with their peers which is no small feat for a band this early in their career. Enough cannot be said about how beautifully interesting and memorable Affinity is. This EP is just so impressive.

The only real negative comes from the fact that it’s all over in just under 19 minutes. When the final techy moments of Love and Reason jolt unnervingly to a close, you’ll be left begging for more. If Press to Meco made a full length album of this quality they’d easily become your favourite band in absolutely no time at all.

It’s becoming far too difficult to find the words to say how important Press to Meco’s Affinity is. The band manage to blend progressive metal and post hardcore with an unsettling ease and make one of the most amazing experiences to come out of the UK heavy music scene in a very long time. Affinity is a brilliant rock record that you’ll seriously regret not jumping at when this band launch stratospheric. Buy this EP.

9/10

Press to Meco’s Affinity EP is released independently on May 27th. Make sure you buy it.

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About Lewis Clark

Long time fan of rock and metal, webmaster and lead writer at UK Scumscene. Occasional co-host of Catbird's Sunday Roasting on TotalRock.com, 12pm to 3pm every Sunday View all posts by Lewis Clark

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