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'Presenting The Problem'
(Indie Recordings)

Phil Kane

phil kane

ribozyme presenting the problem

Right, first things first, this lot are pegged, and I quote here, "as dark but not Gothic, angry but not violent, sad but not tearful, not hard but still heavy" (thanks Wikipedia). That's another, rather pretentious way of saying this band defies the efforts of obsessive pigeon holing cretins.

If you do need a point of reference however, then you can settle for progressive rock and damn well like it. This album juggles an eclectic mix of very occasional ambience, alt, melodic, grunge and industrial rock and produces a listen that should gratify any rocker who dares to take the plunge.

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Ribozyme's 'Presenting The Problem' is an album of many layers. It lacks the synthesizer's sweep and dodges the artistic masturbation of traditional prog, revelling instead in the sparse spiky wastelands of Metal's darker, alternative industrial corners.

Yet be warned, originality is not a priority and this album will have you racking your brains trying to think where you've heard bits before. The vocal has a Gilmoresque quality ably demonstrated in the aptly titled 'The Bricks Went Flying'. Caskets could grace the credits for an episode of 'House' and 'Lending A Lever' wouldn't be out of place on Clutch's stage.

The crazy off kilter sax of 'Leverage' perfectly complements the heads down charge of a band let off its leash and 'Over The Galvanised' and 'Downside Advantage' have the modern Metallic grunt of Alice In Chains. The inventiveness of 'Presenting The Problem' is that the band keeps the inventiveness under strict control.

To some this may make the album boring but to many more it preserves the groove allowing the hotchpotch of styles to hang well together. On this occasion, the music has been allowed enough head not to be detrimental to the album's overall cohesion but not enough to render it unlistenably random.

'Presenting The Problem' is an album for a particular mood. If you want a challenging listen that will have your cerebral synapses detonating all at once then this album is not going to be for you. Yet, if you find yourself in a codeine assisted Tramadol haze and need something that is different from the norm but retains some semblance of a heavy groove then this undemanding album will do the job nicely.

It offers the perfect soundtrack for your more contemplative interludes whilst remaining loud enough to discourage any temptation to nod off.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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