Be ready for the unexpected! The gregorian jazz-metal band CKRAFT has released an official video for the title-track of upcoming album “Epic Discordant Vision” and it’s a banger! In less than five minutes the French quintet messes up the instrumental prog metal scene with a mix of djenty riffs, saxophone, accordion, and a high dose of audacity!
Mastermind Charles Kieny had the following to say about how the track was born:
“This composition came to me after listening to these two songs in a row: Meshuggah’s ‘Dancers to a Discordant System’ and the Middle-Ages’ Gregorian chant ‘Visionem Quam Vidistis‘, sung by some monks in the most traditional way!
“‘Visionem Quam Vidistis’ is about a vision that you see, and that you should keep for yourself “until the son of Men comes back from the dead”. Religions are full of these little scenes, described in these chants. They’re supposed to fuel people’s reverence, contemplation and celebration towards their gods, but I always found that there’s something more to it, something deeper, sometimes epic, dark, even cynical, but always “TRVE” if you know what I mean. These melodies are hundreds of years old, they were at the very origins of Western culture and music.”
“Epic Discordant Vision” will consist of 10 tracks for a duration of almost 49 minutes, where the band unleashes a mix of jazz and metal, bonded together by the immortal melodies of the Gregorian chants. The record follows a blueprint made of heavy, crushing metal riffs, howling solos by metal-influenced jazz musicians, and ancient melodies crossing the centuries from Middle Ages to Metal Ages. The album will find its audience with Djent, Death/Technical/Progressive Metal fans, and also with modern Jazz aficionados that are touched by the unrestricted freedom and genuine expressivity of this music, and therefore, contribute to break the boundaries between music genres a bit more.
The album has been recorded by Jean-Pascal Boffo at Studio Amper, mixed by Marc Karapetian, and mastered by Thibault Chaumont at Deviant Lab. Enclosed you can see the artwork by Olivier Laude.
Follow CKRAFT on tour:
May 22 – Studio de l’Ermitage (Paris, FR), co-produced with National Jazz Orchestra
May 27 & 28 – La Gare – Le Gore (Paris, FR)
November 14 – La Boule Noire (Paris, FR), release party with DuNose Productions