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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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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).

Dates with LESSER KEY and WE ARE THE CITY
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

Dates with LESSER KEY and THE REIGN OF KINDO:
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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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day One

It seemed like one year had passed in a blink of an eye. No sooner had I experienced my first 70,000 Tons of Metal, which included a birthday that saw Helloween, Rage (w/Lingua Mortis Orchestra) and Metal Church play, than I was plotting my next adventure on the high seas. The floating festival is not only the most unique and phenomenal metal sojourns in the world, its boasts a diverse genre spanning 40+ bands. Though the 2013 installment represented an array of bands more geared towards my personal favorite tastes, a “Barge to Hell” like fog is built up around this year with Carcass, Obituary, Massacre, Death: DTA Tours, Satyricon, Terrorizer among a few which has swung the pendulum towards a harsher environment. For the traditional and power styles there is return act and “athletic rock” legends Raven, German euro power and proclaimed “happy metal” act Freedom Call, German symphonic metallers Xandria, Israeli symphonic ambassadors of peace Orphaned Land and the 700 piece traveling city Haggard, which single handedly make this 71,000 Tons of Metal. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Freedom Call, Unearth And Hatesphere Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: Germany's Freedom Call, Boston's Unearth and Danish death thrashers Hatesphere.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Freedom Call, Unearth and Hatesphere join the previously announced acts, with 6 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Poltergeist
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Cynic Posts New Lyric Video

Cynic has premiered the title track from the forthcoming new album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" in the form of a lyric video. Check it out below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.

The album was engineered by Jason Donaghy, mixed by R. Walt Vincent, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum. The artwork for "Kindly Bent to Free Us" is by long-time Cynic artist Robert Venosa and the album is scheduled for a North American release date on February 18th, 2014 (February 14 worldwide).

About the new material, drummer Sean Reinert said: "...It's a bold new sound for Cynic and marks a gigantic leap in the band's progression. We've had a lot of time to let this material develop and gestate, and it finally feels ready to be unleashed on the world. I've been in trio mode with Malone and Masvidal flushing out a zillion and one details, and couldn't be happier about what's happening with these songs. They are truly alive!" More...

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Gloryhammer & Poltergeist Named For 70000 Tons

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next two bands for the upcoming floating festival: Gloryhammer (featuring Christopher Bowes of Alestorm and Thomas Lazlo Winkler formerly of Emerald) and reformed Swiss thrashers Poltergeist (featuring André Grieder, who sang vocals on Destruction's 1990 album "Cracked Brain").

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Gloryhammer and Poltergeist join the previously announced acts, with 9 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Four New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: Death DTA (featuring Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic)), Miami death/progressive fusion act Cynic, Chicago doom metallers Novembers Doom and German hard rock act Bonfire (who will play the entire "Fireworks" album at one of its performances).

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Death DTA, Cynic, Novembers Doom and Bonfire join previously announced acts, with 11 more bands still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Cynic Posts New Lyric Video

Cynic's forthcoming album is entitled "Kindly Bent to Free Us" and has been scheduled for release next February 14th (February 18th in North America).

Today the new track "The Lion's Roar" has been made available as a lyric video, courtesy of Guitar World. Check it out below. The full album's track listing is:

1. True Hallucination Speak
2. The Lion’s Roar
3. Kindly Bent to Free Us
4. Infinite Shapes
5. Moon Heart Sun Head
6. Gitanjali
7. Holy Fallout
8. Endlessly Bountiful

The deluxe edition of "Kindly Bent to Free Us" will come as a collector’s faux book with leather finish and gold foil print including the album in a digisleeve CD with the exclusive bonus track “Earth Is My Witness" and numerous exclusive items including a poster, lyrics booklet, full score booklet, and 5 transparent slides of additional artwork. More...

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Cynic Reveals More Details On Upcoming Album

Cynic - guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone - recently revealed the cover art and title for new album "Kindly Bent To Free Us."

The new record was produced by Cynic at Perfect Sound Studios in Los Angeles. "Kindly Bent To Free Us" was engineered by Jason Donaghy (Feist, Rob Zombie), mixed by R. Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn, Tommy Keene) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Fates Warning, Sepultura, Inquisition).

The artwork for "Kindly Bent To Free Us" is by long-time Cynic artist and sadly late Robert Venosa. The album will be released on February 14th (February 18th in North America) as a CD Digipak, a limited edition collector's box, limited edition double LP, and digitally.

About the new material, drummer Sean Reinert said: "It's a bold new sound for Cynic and marks a gigantic leap in the band's progression. We've had a lot of time to let this material develop and gestate, and it finally feels ready to be unleashed on the world. I've been in trio mode with Malone and Masvidal flushing out a zillion and one details, and couldn't be happier about what's happening with these songs. They are truly alive!" More...

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Cynic Announces New Album

Following the 2008 comeback album "Traced in Air" (reviewed here) and subsequent 2011 EP "Carbon Based Anatomy" (see our review), Cynic has now announced an upcoming full-length release.

The new Cynic album "Kindly Bent to Free Us" will be available worldwide on Valentine's Day, Ferburary 14th, 2014. Check out the cover artwork below. Further details will be forthcoming. More...

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Cynic Invades The Rock Band Network

Praise be to the metal gods, Rock Band fans! There is officially new music worth being excited about now on the Rock Band Network, with an invasion of Cynic and Halcyon Way on the Xbox. For players of the Xbox 360 version, you can now gain access to these new tracks:

Cynic - Integral Birth (160 MSP)
Cynic - Integral Birth (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Cynic - “King of Those Who Know” (160 MSP)
Edenshade - “Need” (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - “Revolution is Now” (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - “Revolution is Now (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Throw the Fight - “You Can’t Swim With Concrete Shoes” (160 MSP)

PS3 players instead get these songs on 3/5/2013 (North America) and 3/6/2013 (Europe):

We Butter The Bread With Butter - "Superföhn Bananendate" ($1.99)
The Minotaur Project - "Shattered Satellites and Brutal Gods" ($0.99)

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