Norway has always been a hotbed for cutting edge rock and metal. Although my own preference is with the heavier types of music, there are some mighty fine rock bands out there as well. Audrey Horne, Djerv and Kvelertak are among the best the Norwegian scene has to offer. Bergen-based Ribozyme have the potential to become the next Euronic/Noorderslag darlings…
“Presenting The Problem” is the band’s latest album and it’s a clear show piece on how to combine solid songwriting with an experimental edge. Musically speaking Ribozyme walks the fine line between Jane’s Addiction, A Perfect Circle, Filter and Deftones, without openly mimicking any of the aforementioned bands. It’s basically energetic alternative rock with a slight industrial and progressive feel. Guitarist/singer Kartjan Ericsson may not have the expressive vocal pipes of Maynard James Keenan, Chino Moreno or Richard Patrick, but he certainly plays a defining role in the overall Ribozyme sound.
The strongest asset on “Presenting The Problem” is the band’s collective ability to write songs with memorable hooks, but also add enough depth and substance, thus keeping things interesting for the mainstream rock crowd, but also fore more demanding listeners, like yours truly. Tracks like “Lending A Fever”, “Scale Of Values” and the title song have the potential te become mainstays on rock radio, but more experimental compositions like “Leverage” (featuring Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby), “Caskets” and “The Bricks Went Flying” that gives the album its true value.
“Presenting The Problem” by Ribozyme is a very fine example of forward thinking rock combined with some excellent hard rocking hooks, without sounding slick or too juicy. This is one addictive slab of great music! Recommended!