Swedish post-punk post-hardcore outfit, Refused, has been revealed as the "voice" of the game's "iconic chrome rock music band SAMURAI", who featured in the now famous Keanu reveal for Cyberpunk 2077 at this year's E3.
And trust me, this is a big deal.
Both Songs to fan the Flames of Discontent and the near-mythical The Shape of Punk to Come are regarded as transcendent moments and releases in the history of punk, rock and hardcore. The latter became so massive, that it effectively tore the band apart, yet also brought them back together a number of years later, because of its continued support and influence through myriad music circles and across numerous genres.
What's interesting about this collaboration is the band itself has always stood for anti-establishment and anti-corporation, so signing up to lend their creative selves to a game of this magnitude either speaks to a maturity within their four walls about commercialisation, or they see something in the role and within the game itself, as well as within CD Projekt RED, to join the project.
Cooperation with the acclaimed Swedish punk rock formation involves writing, recording, and producing an EP featuring the greatest hits of SAMURAI, with creative direction provided by CD PROJEKT RED’s composer team headed by Marcin Przybyłowicz. Tracks born from the partnership include ones both heavily inspired by the original source material, as well as original tracks created by the band exclusively for Cyberpunk 2077.You can already check out the track "Chippin' In" from the make believe EP on Spotify embedded below.
And it's pretty f*****g good, I might add.