Embarking on his musical journey at the age of 12, Cedric Vassal has emerged as a promising guitarist and songwriter in the realm of progressive metal. Influenced by a diverse range of bands, from Metallica to Dream Theater, Cedric’s musical evolution took shape through explorations in Death and Black Metal. While discovering guitar virtuosos like Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore, he began a deep dive into the progressive side of metal.
Delving into the “Progstravaganza: Harmony in Complexity” compilation’s featured track, “Order in Chaos,” Cedric shares the song’s theme of finding positivity in every situation, even amidst chaos. The track, marked by its sustained tempo and dark rhythms, showcases a more aggressive and thrash-inspired side, drawing influence from iconic bands like Kreator, Slayer, and Annihilator.
Cedric’s creative process is characterized by an eclectic approach. Drawing inspiration from a broad spectrum of music, he pieces together riffs and melodies that resonate with him. The challenge lies in maintaining consistency throughout the composition, often focusing on crafting memorable choruses as a starting point. Improvisation plays a crucial role, with unused riffs waiting for their moment in the spotlight.
While primarily situated in the progressive metal genre, Cedric’s influences extend beyond the prog realm. Thrash, heavy, and power metal genres contribute to his eclectic musical palette. Symphony X holds a special place as the perfect amalgamation of energy and virtuosity in Cedric’s eyes.
Challenges in the Scene
Transitioning from playing in groups to a solo project posed unique challenges for Cedric. In a solo endeavor, he exposes himself more personally, taking on responsibilities in composition, production, and promotion. Navigating the intricacies of the solo artist landscape, particularly in a genre rife with talented musicians, demands a significant step back and a resilient mindset.
Evolution of the Scene
Cedric sees the progressive metal scene evolving organically, with both noteworthy and less notable acts surfacing and fading over time. He emphasizes the absence of a specific role for his music in this evolution, viewing music as a personal expression rather than a competition.
Reflecting on his musical journey, Cedric recalls standout moments, including a performance at the Hirson festival in France, sharing the stage with prominent bands. Despite numerous smaller venues, these experiences contribute to the rich tapestry of his musical memories.
Cedric’s personal favorite among his compositions is “Endless,” appreciating its balance and progressive elements. The song weaves a continuous thread without repetitive patterns, featuring an orchestrated passage that resonates with him.
Cedric is already crafting ideas for his next album, maintaining continuity with the debut “Inner Kingdom.” While contemplating a live performance, he acknowledges the need for more pieces to make it a compelling experience for both himself and the audience.
Being part of compilations like this holds significance for Cedric. Such curated collections, crafted by fans for fans, serve as vital platforms for discovering artists that might otherwise remain in obscurity. He values the opportunity to introduce his music to a broader audience through such compilations.
Message to Fans
Cedric’s message to new listeners is simple – music is about emotion and feeling. He hopes that discovering “Order in Chaos” encourages them to explore more of his work, as he believes there’s much more to share in his ongoing musical journey.
- Dream Collaboration: Producer Joost van den Broek, known for his work with Epica and Powerwolf.
- Instrument of Choice: Piano, for its ability to convey profound emotion and serve as the composer’s instrument.
- Favorite Prog Album: “Scenes From A Memory” by Dream Theater, cherished for its coherent storytelling and musical brilliance.
- Non-Musical Influences: Cedric draws inspiration from biographies of artists and individuals, exploring themes of personal development.
Cedric leaves the audience with a timeless piece of advice – believe in yourself. Regardless of the path one embarks on, passion and self-belief pave the way to finding one’s audience. As he continues his journey, Cedric remains dedicated to creating music from the heart and soul.
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