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'Problems To The Answer'
(Earache Records)

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Jools Green

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Formed in 2005, 'Problems To The Answer' is the third full length from crossover quartet S.S.S., from Liverpool. Twenty five tracks, totalling forty one minutes, mixing a blend of predominantly hardcore and thrash with a touch of grind and punk, S.S.S. epitomise the very definition of crossover with their ability to blend the genres into a unified sound so effectively and so well.

Further proof of their ability, the guest vocalist on the album, is Napalm Death's Barney Greenaway. Straight away you know the album has to be of a certain quality otherwise Barney wouldn't have gotten involved. The album opens like an all destroying whirlwind with, 'The Kill Floor', also the first to feature Barney's guest vocals.

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Seven of the tracks are under a minute long, yet packed with bags of energy and content; 'Out The Loop', 'Birdshit', 'Laughing Leads To Crying', 'White Bread', 'Direct Action', 'Painting By Numbers' and my favourite of all these very short sharp tracks 'What Would Cards Do?'.

I loved the whole album, but there were some which were, for me, stand out tracks, such as hardcore anthem, 'Eat Me, Drink Me, Burn Me'. Thrash-tastic, fast as hell, 'Sick Pleasures'. Excellent 'Man Against Man' beginning with a slower, ominous tempo, sinister whispering vocals, building as it progresses, the tempo constantly switching throughout, leaving to you wonder where it will go next, making it interesting, exciting and probably my favourite track of the whole album.

'Future Primitive' is an interesting and excellent four minute instrumental. 'Here Comes The Neighbourhood' sees the return of Barney on this drum led gem of a track. 'Speed Freaks', self explanatory and 'Dismantle the Dream', up tempo, chugging with a catchy repeat riff.

The album ends on a wildcard track, 'Strangenotes', an eight minute instrumental, which changes mood and contains so many different elements and segments, including piano, mood filled bass and drum work lending an almost jazz-like element at one point and a slightly psychedelic element further on. The track certainly lives up to its name as well as demonstrating the bands ability and creativity.

S.S.S. are masters of the short track, most on this album coming in at two minutes and under, yet they seem so much longer because of their well packed, clever construction. This is an excellent album from a band who still have lots more to offer and achieve, stuffed with energy and excitement end to end as well as standing as a testament to their ability, containing some excellent guitar and drum work as well as first rate vocals.

Excited by this album I can't wait to hear what future albums have to offer. Give it a listen, it will put a bit of excitement into your life too.

'Problems To The Answer' is out now on Earache Records.

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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.

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