Overhook Music Interviews Drummer E
Your music is often described as cyberthrash. How would you describe it to someone who has yet to hear your music?
Cyberthrash in our opinion is based on thrash but has lot of industrial influences and vice versa it is some type of industrial music mixed with lot of thrash influences. Someone in our band suggested "cyberthrash" and that just sounded so good that we decided to use it as a description in to our music.
Scorngrain songs include shredding riffs and mean machines tied down with solid beat and penetrating screams.
What kind of influences do you have, both musically and from other areas of life?
Our music taste varies individually, but the biggest influences are basic old school thrash, death - and black metal and industrial. If you listen to our music, you will find some influences from disco and techno music also. To answer you question from influences of other areas of life. At first I have to say that we are not messengers in any meaning of that word. We simply tell stories from our rounding world. Of course TV, Movies and news papers give us ideas what we can use as base story and source when we start to write new songs.
What was the thing that got you to try something this different musically?
When I and dr.Mike first started working together and started making songs there were a kind of wibe from the beginning, that there was something going on. I can' t really explain how we got to this point. We did not try to make different music, we just wanted to make that kind of music what we wanted to hear.
Your debut gained much positive recognition. How would you describe the differences between making of the two albums?
Biggest differences were the facts that dr.Mike and myself were living in different cities so the actual song writing was more difficult than when we wrote "Cyberwarmachine". Second difference was that we were able to use two guitars instead of one like in "CWM". That gave us more opportunities to expand Scorngrain songs to a whole new level.
How about the differences between the finished album itself?
Cyberwarmachine is more experimental album than 0,05%, and we did this new album without visiting artists. Musically 0,05% is much colder and darker but it is also more melodic than our debut. We wrote both albums in same amount of time-period (about 1,5-2 years) but I would say our new album is actually more whole. Lyrically CWM was concentrating to global issues, not environmentally by any means but how the world domination is changing. 0,05% is about one little person and what might go on in this person's little head. So there is quite different story between these two albums.
If you had any expectations towards 0,05%, do you think that they were fulfilled?
I think the expectations were fulfilled mostly. Of course the balance between instruments are very different in the album than in our demo versions of new songs. That is a thing that you just have to deal with and I have to admit that the songs evolved quite a lot but not in a bad way. Instead of just copying the songs with better equipment, we try to capture the feeling and the pulse of that song as good as possible so in my opinion all the songs in this new album came out very good.
Do you think there's still lines to cross musically or are there any limits?
Yes, there are so many boundaries to across, but that is what we call evolution. There are many music styles, that strictly ruled and I have to highly respect those musicians who are developing that certain music style within those rules. In our music there are no rules or guide lines as long as the end result is pleasing.
What can we expect from Scorngrain in the future?
I hope our new album reaches as many listeners as possible. Of course our main goal from now is to perform live to our listeners and reach the people who have not heard about us... yet. In meanwhile, we try write new songs so we can release some new material in near future, but that journey is just beginning.
What is your personal opinion about the current trends in metal music?
Metal music is unfortunately turning into disposable trend like any other styles of music. There will be no "new" Metallica or Slayer and that is what we have to deal with. Very rare record labels have long-term plans for the band, so if the band or artist does not sell as planned you are out. It is very understandable because business is business and business is about survival.
About the musical trends, I would say the songs are more technical and more produced. Maybe I would say some of newer metal albums are a bit too produced and I would use term too "clean" and "hygienic". In our new album we tried to leave some "edge" to it and we did not want to "smooth" it too much.
Musically metal genre is evolving and breaking barriers and that is a good thing. Some bands develop metal music slower and some bands want to take giant steps but all of that evolution is good thing.
And finally, any last words you'd like to share with our readers?
Go to www.scorngrain.com and download a single "Übermensch" from our new album 0,05%.
Hopefully we'll see you soon on gigs. Take care -E-
Thank you very much for the interview!