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Album Review

May of 2006 saw the Relapse label issue not one, not two, but three entirely instrumental releases — Don Caballero's World Class Listening Problem, Zombi's Surface to Air, and Dysrhythmia's Barriers and Passages — each offering its own unique spin on prog rock. On the third release overall by Dysrhythmia, 2006's Barriers and Passages, it turns out that the Philadelphia trio has more in common with the prog metalloid Don Caballero than the prog electroid Zombi. Lots of stop-start riffing and other assorted tricky bits reside on Barriers and Passages — it takes little time to realize that Dysrhythmia's members have logged a serious amount of time together in their rehearsal space. While at times you can detect some similarities to King Crimson (especially "An Alley to Comprehension"), reference points are hard to pin down elsewhere, especially on tracks that touch upon fusion ("Appeared at First") and include Joe Satriani-esque guitar work ("Seal/Breaker/Void"). With riffs and complex song structures aplenty, Barriers and Passages should appeal to both metal heads and prog buffs alike.

Customer Reviews

Prepare for a PUMMELING

This is a great album. My first reaction was to give it 4 stars instead of 5, because of the fact that this album is so schitzo and it would be nice to hear some of the great ideas in the tunes repeated. However, I after several listens I've realized that this band breaks the rules of convention beautifully. I'm so glad that there are bands out there like this. Also, trio-rock is some of my favorite stuff and these guys are a crushing force. I'm very excited about this band.

Fairly Good

It's a good album, and if it were anyone other than Dysrhythmia I'd call it a great one. Unfortunately, this album seems less focused, than there previous efforts, Colin is a great bassist, and Warr Guitarist, but it seems he's more interested in stringing together a bunch cool riffs in a rather herky-jerky manner, than a meaningful song, this is especially evident in his other band Behold... The Arctopus. The other two albums, both with Clayton on bass, seem much more centralized, and although this may be more accessible, with parabol's to RAtM, Primus, Don Cab, and King Crimson, it just failed to amaze me, like Pretest and No Interference did. I reccomend No Int., and Pretest first, then spend your money on this album.


For all the fans of a genre I like to call progressive jazz metal. It's Don Caballero with a genuinely unique twist and without all the guitar noodling found in their latest album. If you like flowing progressions, challenging rhythms, and overall asthetically soaring music, first check out DC and then come back here. The drumming is brutally inspiring. The guitar work is entertaining to say the least. They're talented musicians who love to push themselves. Recommended


Formed: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Progressive rock, heavy metal, indie rock, avant jazz, and ambient mesmerism are combined through the high-energy music of Philadelphia-based trio Dysrhythmia. Formed in March 1999, Dysrhythmia represents the vision of guitarist Kevin Hufnagel and bassist Clayton Ingerson, a former music major at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Friends since high school, they worked together in the mid-'90s as members of Grey Division Blue. Although they separated for a couple of years, Hufnagel and Ingerson...
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