Dysrhythmia operates in the relatively exclusive realm of instrumental
metal, a select genre of bands usually more interested in doing their
own thing rather than following the trend of the day.
And Dysrhythmia is no different, as their unique brand of arty,
dischordant metal is clearly not aimed at the general
The band formed in 1998, and released a couple of independent albums
before signing on with Relapse (an interesting choice, as this band is
hardly a typical Relapse band) and releasing Pretest in 2003.
If a band must be named as a soundalike, one might say
though Dysrhythmia is a little less chaotic, a bit more metal-based,
perhaps a bit moodier during the more introspective songs such as
Pretest isn't perfect, as there is the occasional tendency to
and lose track of the song itself, but this is a great album, one of
best instrumental albums in some time, and if the above description is
appealing, is definitely worth a look.