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I'm giddy!

I literally searched one of my favorite band's name on the off-chance they had a new record out. Here it is! After one spin, I can't wait to start another trip through the dark recesses of these guys' jam room. I know I don't have the writing chops to do a review that does this justice, I'll leave it at "if you like this band you will absolutely adore this album"

Too jarring to enjoy

Dysrhythmia are an amazing band, but listening to Test of Submission I realize that I think I liked them better when they were a technical math rock band as opposed to the uber-technical progressive metal band they are now. On older albums they reminded me of an instrumental Jesus Lizard with extreme chops who were more focused on creating dynamic grooves. Nowadays their material is a dizzying tangled mass of odd time signatures, jazz-like tempo changes and scales upon scales. The opening song "In Secrecy" is probably the highlight for me, with its memorable hooks and attention-grabbing pace. But it's probably the most straight forward song on this album, as the remainders dive headfirst into instrumental self-indulgence that leaves me feeling lost as opposed to enthralled. Again, I have a ton of respect for this band. In particular Colin Martston is one of the most potent and impressive metal bassists/musicians around today.

Dysrhythmia = the offspring of Gorguts

Aside from the fact that the guitarist and bassist were chosen by luc to play in gorguts, these guys are definitely a ridiculously talented metal band on their own. As the title implies, this is a band that plays an extreme form of metal in the vein of Gorguts (Obscura era), but in their own personalized way. These guys are experimental, technically precise and incorporate musical elements of avant-garde and jazz. There music is dense, dissonant, heavy and overrall dynamic in harmonic progression. Crazy countless riffs, different time signatures through-out every track, odd harmonies and melodys through-out every track. The music is NOT accessible nor is it catchy, easy to enjoy automatically or something you're automatically gonna like on the very first listen. The music is challenging and arguably jarring at times, but i believe if you stick with the album til the end, ultimately the music is very rewarding and a thrill to listen to and you will always find something new everytime u listen again and again. My advice: If you don't really listen to or arent already into odd experimental/avant-garde metal bands like gorguts, then come to this album with an open mind and forget your preconceived notions of how extreme metal is suppose to sound. Despite what you might think on the first listen, the music is not "random" nor "all over the place". Each instrumental is very well structured/organized, just in non-conventional ways. Matter of fact, don't try to "understand" how the music aesthetically makes logical sense. Just let the music take you away and you might "get it". You might even end up likeing it or loving it as much as i do :)


Formed: 1999 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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 represent 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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Test of Submission, Dysrhythmia
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Aug 28, 2012

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