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Dysrhythmia - Barriers and Passages

Dysrhythmia - Barriers and Passages

Label : Relapse | Archive under prog / sympho metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Evil Dr. Smith : Instrumental metal bands are difficult to find. Interesting instrumental metal bands are even more rare to come across. Sure, in the stoner/sludge/doom and guitar masturbation area (Vai etc.) you'll find the occasional speechless band, but this Dysrhythmia (F7 please!) operates from a totally different corner. Although they're on Relapse Records, normally releasing only extremely hard en pure METAL, this band factually isn't a metal band at all, but an indierock band with a metal attitude.

Three years after their first Relapse release 'Pretest' (that was preceded by two self financed albums), the power trio returns to the CD market with a brand new collection of bizarre grips and finger settings. When you compare this album with the older one, this one sounds more flowing, richer and more exciting, without doing the slightest concessions to their capricious techniques. The band's style is often compared with a combination of names where they mostly drop the names of Sonic Youth, Helmet and even free jazz. I rather will think more of the whimsical freakcore of Victim's Family and Nomeansno, added with the strange vibe of Oneida, the liking for metalled jazz from Yakuza and the rudimental indierock-slashing from Steve Albini's Shellac. Haunted rhythms, complex drum fills and a never-ending stream of obstinate riffs, dissonant chords and a jazz-like complexity. Not really free jazz, therefore is the music too tight and too much composed, but the three guys give themselves enough space to excel, without losing themselves in narcissistic masturbating solo's. In-between all this wizardry technical, but also (slightly) grooving instrumental alt.metal, you'll hear some ambient-like pieces to give you some air to breathe. The atmospheric 'Luminous' even sounds a bit postrock-ish. The production is a little warmer, but also less direct than its predecessor.

To make this band also interesting among the metalheads: Dysrhythmia sounds like an instrumental, semi-acoustical version of The Dillinger Escape Plan that covers Meshuggah. With 37 minutes it's not really a "Long Player”, but the music demands so much intense listening that you'll be totally exhausted when you reach the finish. If you can make it so far.

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