Scorngrain begun its operations sometime during 2001, and got their debut album "Cyberwarmachine" released in 2004. The band's recipe has stayed more or less the same even now when they've finished their third full-lenght; thrash metal is mixed with industrial synths and relating compositional hooks to create a perverse outcome. The album was physically released accompanying the latest issue of Miasma-magazine, a very noteworthy name in Finland's metal media. The only other way to obtain the album is through purchasing the album in it's digital form, at least as of now.
The album could be summarized as being a mixture of the band's two previous albums, but even better; the industrial and catchy dominance from the debut meets the more serious and thrash-based expression from it's follow-up "0,05%." They both come together in creating a versatile album with catchiness, shredding riffage, and seriousness while still retaining the strong, twisted undercurrent delivered through the synths and the harsh vocals. Both the purest industrial- and thrash metal -elements have a good amount of time in the spotlight as well. It seems the band has matured more than I dared to expect.
The album switches between simplistic, even punk-like thrash metal shredding to more "sophisticated" riffs and leads, and they execute some industrial metal -rhythms to power up the songs in their mellower parts. The electronic elements are well thought-out, and it can clearly be seen that the songs have been composed so that both of these elements can be employed to their greatest extent; there's enough of breaks and pure silence to give room to the synths and beats, and they fill up the soundscape with simplistic but still interesting patterns when they're not in the spotlight to make the album more holistic and deep, keeping them from sounding like mere "extra" paste-on elements. The band knows their craft, and it can be seen that they've rehearsed their style as they've achieved quite a personal style and approach to the whole industrial metal-genre. Many of the songs are over four minutes in lenght as well, and they use their time well to create their own personality and distinctive hooks.
Somehow the album still feels like it could've achived more. The band had gotten quite a bit more serious between their first and second album, and even though they've re-found a part of their "insanity" and daring to mix all the different elements together, it still seems as if they're holding back. The songs have a lot more detail and characted in them than before, be it the electronic mid-parts, vocal arrangements and more daring compositional structures, but the final finishing touch that would lift the songs up to greatness seems to be missing. Maybe the band kept on working the album for a too long time and lost a bit of their original ideas and drive, or maybe I'm just guessing.
I just wish Scorngrain would let go more to really unleash their ideas for both the thrash- and electronic parts, but maybe they were aiming for a more holistic and controlled creation this time - at least it seems they had to leash some of the riffs for that purpose, as well as repeat some slightly weaker parts to create an atmosphere. There are some solos, but despite (and partly due to) them the album feels just slightly imbalanced. Nonetheless, it is a very bold and noteworthy creation, and especially so within its genre.