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Band Photo: Cynic (?)

Formed: 1987
From: FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Cynic News

Below is our complete Cynic news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Virgil (Animals as Leaders Etc.) Premiere New Song

Virgil (Animals as Leaders, The Faceless, Cynic, Entheos, and The Zenith Passage) premiere a new song titled "Will it Blend?", taken from their upcoming new album "The Pacer", which comes out June 15.

Check out now "Will it Blend?" below.

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Cynic Posts New Single Online

American progressive death metal legends Cynic has posted a new song online entitled, "Humanoid." You can check it out below. The song marks the first output of new material since drummer Sean Reinert parted company with frontman Paul Masvidal, with the former's place being taken by Matt Lynch.

Frontman Paul Masvidal comments: "'Humanoid' is a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter. We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It's quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else." More...

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Drummer Sean Reinert Exits Cynic

Cynic haven’t been too active since 2015 when a a dispute emerged between frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert. At the time Reinert parted ways with the band, citing growing tensions and a general unhappiness with what he felt were suboptimal performances from Paul Masvidal.

He also mentioned that in order for Masvidal to legally continue performing under the Cynic name, they would need to come to a signed agreement. Drummer Sean Reinert has now announced that such an agreement has reached and it comes with his official exit. States Reinert via Facebook: More...

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Cynic Releasing "Uroboric Forms" Demo Collection

Cynic's "Uroboric Forms - The Complete Demo Collection" is up for pre-order now. The album will arrive as aD dgipak CD and limited LP+CD (with gatefold sleeve, LP-booklet, 180 g vinyl and 7") on February 10th.

"Uroboric Forms" includes "Demo 1988," "Refections Of A Dying World" (1989), "Demo 1990," and "Demo 1991," showing Cynic's development from a raw underground death/thrash metal band to the progressive technical death style the band is known for since the release of the classic "Focus" album.

The collection features all lyrics, loads of photos, an in-depth interview with Cynic's musical mastermind Paul Masvidal, beautiful cover artwork by Manuel Tinnemans, as well as remastered sound by Patrick W. Engel.

As a bonus for the diehard fans, the album includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Uroboric Forms" and "The Eagle Nature" from a vocal audition with Brian DeNeffe, the singer from U.S. death metal band Viogression. More...

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Stench Price Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

New grindcore supergroup Stench Price - involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Benighted, Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming self-titled EP, which comes out on Wednesday, November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Records in a limited box-set format as well as standard formats.

Check out now "Stench Price" in its entirety below.

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Cynic Posts Full Osaka Set Online

Influential progressive metallic rock band Cynic has released new pro-shot footage from the band's 2015 Japanese tour, shot just before the group very publicly imploded.

The video, featuring Paul Masvidal, Sean Malone, and Sean Reinert, showcases the band's complete set in Osaka at Club Drop.

The set list includes tracks such as "Adam's Murmur," "True Hallucination Speak," and "The Space for This." Check it out below. More...

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Paul Masvidal Posts Guitar Playthrough Clips

Paul Masvidal of the recently imploded Cynic has posted new videos of himself performing guitar playthroughs of the tracks "The Space for This" and "Moon Heart Sun Head." Check 'em out below.

"The Space for This" is taken from Cynic's 2008 full-length "Traced in Air" (reviewed here), while "Moon Heart Sun Head" comes off latest album "Kindly Bent to Free Us" (reviewed here). More...

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Sean Reinert Opens Up On Cynic Split

Recently the metal world was shocked with the sudden dissolution of Cynic, which was apparently an unexpected development for member Paul Masvidal.

There are still a lot of questions to be answered and Metal Injection got an exclusive word with drummer Sean Reinert about the situation. Here is an excerpt from the interview: More...

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Sunday Old School: Cynic

It's funny how a band who releases one album can create such a legacy and a clamouring for more. The Sex Pistols are probably the best example of this, as their only album, "Never Mind the Bollocks," revolutionised rock music and young politics for decades, yet they never recorded a second album of new material. Today we look at Cynic, who, in their initial run, released only one album, "Focus," before breaking up, though thankfully returned and released new music twelve years later.

The band was put together by guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert and the next year recorded their first demo, simply called the "'88 Demo," which featured Mark van Erp on bass and vocalist Jack Kelly, who parted company with the group soon after, with Masvidal taking over the singer position. Cynic also added a second guitarist, Jason Gobel to the lineup and the next year recorded a new demo, "Reflections of a Dying World," which was their last recording before bringing in Tony Choy on bass. This incarnation of the band recorded two more demos, before inking their first record deal with Roadrunner Records. More...

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Paul Masvidal Comments On Cynic Breakup

Oh boy... things are getting Queensryche / Gorgoroth / Immortal ugly after yesterday's Cynic breakup announced by Sean Reinert, as apparently not everyone wanted the disbanding to happen - or even knew the announcement was coming.

Fellow Cynic member Paul Masvidal posted this message online:

Things quickly devolved on the Cynic Facebook page both from the side of the fans and the band, with Reinert subsequently posting this series of messages about the situation:

"Instead of playing into the 'tit for tat' game of trying to defend any accusations of unscrupulous behavior on my part, with regards to the split of Cynic (Paul and I: Two people, Not three) would be childish. But he's caught in a lie below saying he can't post and I took over the page which is obviously not true. I'll leave it at that. I can't physically stop Paul from playing Cynics music with other musicians, but it won't be Cynic merely Paul playing Cynic songs with hired guns, which as stated he's wanted for a while. This isn't the way I wanted things to work out.

"I would just like to add one small thing and then just let the dust settle. When you are in a bad marriage you just get divorced…. you don't ask your spouse 'is it ok if we get a divorce, I'm not happy and this isn't working?' No you JUST DO IT. How this could 'come as news to me' and in the same paragraph say 'things have been quite challenging over the years.' Seems like it's been a possibility for years then doesn't it? Would you stay in an abusive relationship business or otherwise?"

Looks like we're unfortunately about about to have another schism with competing bands and lawsuits.

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Cynic Disbanding Over Creative Differences

Update: The situation has taken a turn for the ugly, with the band members now bickering back and forth on Facebook about whether Cynic is actually broken up or not. The latest in the drama fest is online now over here.

Although the band had tour dates lined up in October to continue supporting the prog rock comeback album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here), Cynic has decided to disband and cancel all upcoming shows. Sean Reinert posted this message online via the group's Facebook page:

"Cynic is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘Book Of Cynic' has come to an end.

"I will say the last shows we played in Japan have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that Cynic can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.

"I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with Cynic.

"I wish all of you love & peace." More...

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Cynic Announces Japanese / European Shows

It's been awhile since we heard from the recently prog rockified Cynic, and now the band is gearing up for a headlining European tour this fall in support of "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here).

The tour starts on October 1st in Berlin, and sees the band concluding the trek in Munchen on October 10th. The American trio will be joined by Tides Of Nebula as well as Onward With Love. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

Regarding the tour, Cynic's Paul Masvidal comments: "We are ecstatic to be coming to Europe and sharing the Cynic frequency with fans across the pond. Cynic will be performing as a trio with many new surprises yet to be seen and heard in this tight format. Also pleased to have Tides Of Nebula and my new project with Amy Correia called Onward With Love (OwL) to share with the community." More...

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Cynic Kicks Off North American Shows

Cynic (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, and bassist Sean Malone) has kicked off a string of North American tour dates.

The trek, which started last night on July 6th in Vancouver, will see the band perform select dates in the U.S. and Canada before concluding on August 12 in New York City.

Cynic will also be trekking to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of the Heavy Montreal festival in early August. A full list of tour dates can be found below. The band will be performing in support of the prog rock album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here), which is out now. More...

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"Project Rogue" Crowd Funding Campaign Announced

Project Rogue is a new crowd funding project featuring existing Rogue Records America artists teaming up with 16 cross-genre metal titans to create a new studio and video project.

You can find the perks for donating and make your own contribution to the project at this location. All the Project Rogue artists will collaborate together, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Shavo Odadjian - System Of A Down
Chris Adler - Lamb Of God
Rob Barrett - Cannibal Corpse
John Boecklin - Devildriver
Paul Masvidal - Death/Cynic
David Davidson - Revocation
Sean Reinert - Death/Cynic
Jon Howard - Threat Signal/Arkaea
Mitch Harris - Napalm Death
Jed Simon - Scar The Martyr/Strapping Young Lad
Frank Watkins - Obituary/Gorgoroth
Wayne Static - Static X
Christian Olde Wolbers - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Pat Lachman - Damageplan
Logan Mader - Machine Head/Soulfly
JD Schmidt - Nociceptor
Robert Luciani - Means End
Vincent Zylstra - Synthetic Breed
Andrew Zink - Akeldama
Connor Reibling - Akeldama

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 15

After a week off due to technical issues, the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast is rolling along once again. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) launches this week's episode by announcing another ticket giveaway through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this time for the upcoming DevilDriver show on June 18th. Tune in for more details.

Next, Kevin recaps last week's ticket giveaway performance: Swedish theatrical occult rockers Ghost (Kevin adamantly refuses to use the band's asinine new legal moniker "Ghost B.C.")

Then Kevin and co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) react to the new Suicide Silence lyric video "Cease To Exist." The song is the band's first released material since the untimely 2012 death of vocalist Mitch Lucker in a motorcycle crash.

Then comes a discussion of the recent "uncloseting" of two founding Cynic members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, and finally an affectionate nod to the late Hans Ruedi Giger, the Swiss surrealist artist whose impact on metal visuals - including collaborations with Celtic Frost, Carcass, Korn, and Triptykon - runs far and deep.

Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Cynic Announces North American Shows

The progressive metal innovators in Cynic have announced a string of North American tour dates. The trek, which starts on July 6th in Vancouver, BC, will see the band perform select dates in the U.S. and Canada before concluding on August 12th in New York City.

Cynic will also be trekking to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of the Heavy Montreal festival in early August. A full list of tour dates can be found below. These dates will be in support of the band's latest album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here).

7/6 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
7/8 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
7/10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore
7/12 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

8/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
8/8 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
8/9 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL (For more information and tickets, please click here.)
8/12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater More...

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Sean Malone Posts "Veil Of Maya" Playthrough

Cynic bassist Sean Malone has released a new play through video of the track "Veil of Maya," taken off the 1993 album "Focus." Check it out below.

The band's new album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" is out now (read our review here), and Cynic recently announced two North American Festival dates.

The first date will see the band perform in Los Angeles, CA as part of "United We Stand Festival" on May 10th. Following the stateside appearance, Cynic will then trek to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of Heavy Montreal festival in early August. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 4

Last Wednesday, February 12th, writer Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) posted a controversial OpEd titled “From Dicks To Chicks,” examining some irritating trends and pathologies regarding women in metal, amid the backdrop of the massive gender disparity within the genre.

The overall reaction was, put politely, quite visceral.

To kick off Episode Four of the official Metalunderground.com podcast, Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) assess that reaction [00:01:09] and recap Mike’s intentions in penning the provocative piece.

Moving onto stricter musical matters, Kevin then reviews the new Cynic album “Kindly Bent To Free Us” [00:26:27] and offers a mixed array of feelings on the polarizing experimental direction this unique band has taken.

Naturally, one can rarely discuss new music these days without discussing how one acquired it, and thus Kevin and Mike kick off what’s sure to be a recurring and ever-relevant theme: the shifting formats within the music industry, and how it’s affected purchasing trends. [00:45:25]

Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Cynic Streaming Full New Album

Cynic is due to release new album "Kindly Bent to Free Us" in North America on February 18th, 2014 (February 14th worldwide).

Today the band is streaming the entire album online ahead of its official release date. Stream all of "Kindly Bent To Free Us" at Prog Rock Mag here. The track listing is as follows:

1. True Hallucination Speak (6:03) (watch the lyric video here)
2. The Lion's Roar (4:35)
3. Kindly Bent to Free Us (6:27)
4. Infinite Shapes (4:57)
5. Moon Heart Sun Head (5:21)
6. Gitanjali (3:58)
7. Holy Fallout (6:35)
8. Endlessly Bountiful (3:56) More...

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Cynic Posts "True Hallucination Speak" Lyric Clip

Cynic is streaming new track "True Hallucination Speak," which is available below courtesy of Loudwire.com.

The song comes off new album "Kindly Bent to Free Us," scheduled for a North American release date on February 18th, 2014 (February 14th worldwide). You can also hear the album's title track over at this location.

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