Dysrhythmia
Test Of Submission


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
September 19th, 2012 | 24 replies | 7,301 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All wank, no spank!

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Wank is a word that can’t be said without referencing any technical aspects of metal or music in general. Let’s explore the word for a moment; a simple Google search reveals a number of various definitions and slang. In particular, the definition I’m going after relates to the British slang for masturbation. Upon following the word in this context (all filters set to “Off”) reveals a number of perverted pictures, testimonies of how last night went while home alone, case studies of “the dinosaurs are extinct because you touch yourself at night”, and finally guitar acrobatics (especially in the metal genre). So why when sifting through a mass of highly dysfunctional internet videos, jargon and jpegs does a guitarist performing a face-raping riff/ solo all of a sudden become tagged with “wank”? I mean, if you can perform guitar tricks like some of these instrumental bands and masturbate at the same time, props to you. Is it the form of self-indulgence and one’s ability to physically play at super-sonic speeds that you simply look like your masturbating on the spot? Truth be told, the term to me doesn’t make sense in the least and I challenge anybody to think of masturbating as a technical motion. If stroking your hand up and down was that hard to do, I wouldn’t even bother. So I ask this in conjunction with my rant above; is it really the right term to be using for someone with an excessive amount of talent on the guitar?

Test of Submission is without a doubt a culmination of Dysrhythmia’s arsenal of talent amongst its three well known and respected musicians within the metal community (Colin Marston, Kevin Hufnagel, Jeff Eber). Upon listening to Dysrhythmia’s fifth album and even contemplating the word “wank” within their fine instrumentation would yield that listener an inexperienced tool or someone who needs to go back to learning the English language. Either way, the three band members have come a long way since their breakthrough album Barriers and Passages on Relapse Records that was graceful in the jazz/ prog/ ambitious “instrumetal” but lacked the chops to create heavily pinned-down standards that make songs “true” songs in the very sense of the word. Psychic Maps was a bit of a let-down for fans of the band in that it was still travelling a little off-course and not quite reaching its full potential. I’ve said this many times in the past and I fully believe that record labels can either make a band stronger or pull the rug out from under anything creative the band was onto. Signing with Profound Lore Records was the best place this band could have gone and it damn well shows in how Dysrhythmia have matured since their last outing.

With that said, Test of Submission is what this band has been onto for a while now. The songwriting and flow of the songs are much more spanned out into sections that complete one another instead of grafting ideas together in a haphazard manner. Yes, some of you dolts might call this wank but its actual song-writing while incorporating all of the explorative nooks and crannies Dysrhythmia are already stellar at accomplishing. Right off the bat “In Secrecy” sets this standard into motion, utilizing a dizzying array of technical chops and polyrhythm’s that flow in and out of a dynamical song-structure. For all the things I love most about tech-metal, it’s the repeatable listens that are crucial in the understanding of what-the-*** is going on. And when I say repeated listens are needed for this monster, I mean it. Take for example the self-titled track and you tell me you caught all that was happening in one go. It’s amazing how many wonderful ideas are crammed into one song and not enough praise can be said for how far these guys have pushed themselves as musicians. If a bit of variation in song feel is what you need, the album does break about half-way through with “Running Towards the End” that could have been written by one of the instrumental bands plaguing Prosthetic Records artist catalogue, except this has more girth to its balls and less of the requisite ambience that is drivelled out through mediocre bands such as Animal as Leaders. Paying attention to the production for a second, each song benefits from a crisp perfection that gives the guitar, bass, and drums an ability to show off their own qualities without sounding like a jumbled mess.

And there you have it; all wank, no spank. An instrumental metal album that is all about the bravado of song-writing without the self-indulgence and little in the way of mindless noodling (that’s a much better word to use than wank). In turn, wank was, is, and always will be a silly way to describe talent on the instruments considering all of us guys touch our pee-pees without even knowing it (scratching, checking to see if it’s still attached) and we all know this takes no brains to do whatsoever. Having the ability to play in the same vein as Dysrhythmia is another story indeed and I challenge you once again to a masturbation/ noodling contest.



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Wizard
September 19th 2012



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh fuck yeah, I just wrote a review revolving around masturbation. Awaiting the this sucks cause it's wank.

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YankeeDudel
September 19th 2012



9311 Comments


cool i just dled this from snox's list. ill listen lata

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 19th 2012



4950 Comments


dysrhythmia is solid, never loved them, but hard to hate them

MO
September 19th 2012



18442 Comments


"So I ask this in conjunction with my rant above; is it really the right term to be using for someone with an excessive amount of talent on the guitar?"

I guess it's more to do with if they use said talent tastefully or excessively for the sole purpose of going HEY LOOK HOW FAST I PLAY!! WOOOOO, for the latter it's a fitting word

solid review album rules

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YankeeDudel
September 19th 2012



9311 Comments


Yea I mean nobody doubts alot of tech death and prog or what not musicians can play their instruments amazingly well, but the song should just always come first. If a band can seamlessly fit complex stuff in a well crafted song then thats golden. Otherwise its just a bunch of shit. Sure on repeated listens we can discern the stuff better, but if it still just comes off as incessant wank with no real memorable songwriting then I might as well just be listening to an instructional video and not music.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 19th 2012



10592 Comments


band's coming to my city. may have to go.

CaptainDooRight
September 19th 2012



28731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoyed your review and descriptions. So I pretty much need to hear this.

Pos'd

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



16299 Comments


wizard review autopos

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evilford
September 19th 2012



22085 Comments


pos'd, nice review

I've never heard of these guys, interested now

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Wizard
September 19th 2012



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad I could stir up some debate over the meaning of wank. I got thinking and I feel it doesn't make sense.

And this is a mandatory listen if any of you have a slight interest in tech metal.

alt
September 19th 2012



230 Comments


i like these dudes, but cant remember is the guy from Behold the Arctopus in this or not? I dunno his name but yeah.

Wizard
September 20th 2012



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Colin Marston is in Behold.

MichaelSnoxall
September 20th 2012



12163 Comments


Is it just a coincidence that I put this in a 2012 unknown and obscure list yesterday?

Wizard
September 20th 2012



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not at all. I wouldn't say these guys are unknown or obscure though.

MichaelSnoxall
September 20th 2012



12163 Comments


Compared to a lot of everything else out there, they're fairly unknown. I've barely heard much about them, despite the fact they have Gorguts members. Not 'obscure' per se, but they're not a big name in Prog Metal right now.

alt
September 20th 2012



230 Comments


Their name has been getting kicked around for years. I always saw them mentioned in math rock and
techy metalcore (the kind of people who can put up with Psyopus and Lye By Mistake) circles a lot more
than metal circles. Maybe you were just looking in the wrong place to see them pop up.

Wizard
September 20th 2012



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only reason you see them tagged with Gorguts too is because one of the members was hired on to do some studio work with them (about 2 years ago I think).

I remember back in 06 when Barriers and Passages came out and people talked about them online quite a bit. Mind you, the internet has changed so much since 06. But they're far from obscure and I think that might be because you're not looking in the right places. This is an amateur site and you will find in time that you will branch off and realize that metal on the net is a vast place to explore.

CaptainDooRight
November 29th 2012



28731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im simply in love with this album

one of the best albums I've heard this year

might be the best, haven't decided yet

@ Wizard - would u say this is their best

Wizard
November 30th 2012



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

By far it is but their other stuff is cool too.

CaptainDooRight
December 10th 2012



28731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still might be best metal this or maybe top 5



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