CCG was founded in 2004, and three self-released EPs and a lot of work later the band got signed to Osasto-A Records who released their debut album in late 2010. The quartet's style has stayed more or less the same from the beginning, meaning dark and industrial rock music.
It's all based on pretty simplistic patterns; the guitars execute simplistic, rhythmic, and often rather brisk riffs with a pretty thin distortion, the bass guitar fills the emptiness with its strong pounding and clearly audible pulse and the drums back 'em up with their fittingly bare and cold style and sound. The electonic programming enchances the coldness and brings a new and more twisted level to the compositions, and do so through working in full cooperation with the traditional rock-instruments; their dark loops are interesting enough to spice up the compositions, but don't steal the show. The male vocals don't present the best possible pronounciation, but they fit the band's twisted and perverse themes and cold sound more than well, and deliver the lyrics with as much attitude and credibility as one can possibly hope from the band. They're a big part of the band's personality as well.
The album is really dynamic and concise, and the band's will to finally show their potential is clearly audible. The song transitions are so swift that the album might sound even overwhelming, and even moreso due to its brisk pace and bleak, pessimistic but still energetic moods. It's all good for a debut and has all the band's potential wrapped in a tight package, but I feel that some of the shades and dimensions of their sound and expression were left out to achieve this outcome. I expect to hear something more "colourful" and deep from the band from the future. The band's soundscape makes the bareness less audible though, as the electronic layers have a good amount of variation and hooks despite their simplistic and ascetic nature, the lovely bass sound is really strong and has structure and character, and the varying vocals bring their finishing touch to each of the compositions to make each of them sound more personal.
The songs sound bleak, but have a good dose of catchiness and even slight poppy spices to make sure the energy levels stay high, and the song transitions enchance the album's impact as well. The songs do lack content every now and then, most notably on the songs eight and nine, both of which bring out their repetitive qualities in a bad way despite their good ideas. The end result is nonetheless positive, not least due to the evident work that's been spent on giving the songs some fitting detail, especially in the form of background electronics that make the album last longer in listening. I give a thumbs-up to the producers Hatakka (from the band Waltari) and Laine for giving the album such an amount of extra power.
The band has worked hard to share their music and nihilistic visions with the public, and this album surely is a good way to begin the struggle for world domination. I just feel that the band hasn't executed their ideas to the fullest on this album in order to create the best possible first impression, and I'll surely keep an eye on their future releases. I hope that they'll publish the next one in a more pleasing package as well, as the computer-based graphics take a lot of edge off from the twisted imagery.