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

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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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Cynic And Nightrage Come To The Rock Band Network

After a few disappointing weeks on the metal front, there's finally some new heavy music to get excited about this weekend on the Rock Band Network. These three new songs are now available for the Xbox 360 edition of the game:

Cynic – “Evolutionary Sleeper” (160 MSP)
Nightrage – “So Far Away / Delirium Of The Fallen (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Terrorizer – “Subterfuge” (160 MSP)

On Tuesday, 7/17/2012 (North America) and 7/18/2012 (Europe) the PS3 version of the game also gets the following track:

Asking Alexandria – “Reckless & Relentless” ($1.99)

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Pit Stories: Fungus Enhanced Meshuggah

The mosh pit is home to some of the craziest events known to the musical world, from flying body parts to bizarre sexual encounters, and each week we find metal bands to share their most interesting mosh pit stories. Today we've got the following tale of Kasey from Ninth Moon Black experiencing technical metal live in a whole new way, courtesy of a few psychedelic fungi:

I once took mushrooms right before going into a Meshuggah concert. For a very brief moment, I contemplated the ramifications then shrugged them away. I quickly popped the magical fungi into my mouth thinking I’d have plenty of time to adjust once I got through the doors but the mushrooms had other plans. While I stood in line for what seemed an eternity, the psilocybin took over my senses. My stomach churned, my mind turned sideways and the antennae of heightened awareness tuned into the world with that bizarre psychedelic slant. As I entered the venue I felt like a ship navigating some alien terrain.

The Faceless were in full swing and never before had I experienced music so terrifying, yet so awesome. The venue was already near capacity and the floor a sea of movement. I hugged the walls trying desperately to avoid any contact with the people moshing as well as the extraterrestrial spirits hovering above the crowd. They watched me with their sinister gaze that was most likely only visible to my eyes. I managed to make my way to the back of the room, anchoring myself to the wall until Cynic took the stage. Their entrance was serene and they lured me away from the walls as they calmed the crowd with their meditative musings. I closed my eyes throughout the duration of their set, allowing myself to journey through their progressive zen. As they finished off their set with "Evolutionary Sleeper," I opened my eyes only to realize I was damn close to the front row.

It was time to make a quick decision; take the plunge and enter the dark waters of Meshuggah or steer my inebriated vessel back to where I had watched The Faceless, and witness Meshuggah from the safety of the “outside.” Since the very reason I was there that evening was to see Meshuggah, I decided I needed to brace myself and grabbed tightly to the barrier between myself and the stage. A moment later, Fredrik Thordendal positioned himself right in front of me with Jens Kidman just off to my right. They began to play, their music taking hold of sanity and commanding bodies into rhythmic collisions. Song after song, I fought the wave of bodies crashing into my own when suddenly I had an epiphany, the madness of the mosh pit becoming a metaphor for my life. Rather than fight the aggression, why not ride it?
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Cynic Reveals "The Portal Tapes" Details

As previously announced, Cynic will finally share the legendary "Portal" demos on a worldwide scale. "The Portal Tapes" will be released on March 23rd (March 27th in North America) through Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows:

1. Endless Endeavors
2. Karma's Plight
3. Circle
4. Costumed in Grace
5. Cosmos
6. Crawl Above
7. Mirror Child
8. Road to You
9. Belong
10. Not the Same

The artwork was designed by the late Robert Venosa, the artist behind the cover artworks of all Cynic releases. "The Portal Tapes" will be released in strictly limited editions of 5000 digipak CDs and 1000 vinyl LPs. More...

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Cynic To Release "The Portal Tapes"

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about Cynic releasing the band's "Portal" demos:

"This is some piece of news that CYNIC fans have been dying to read for years: the famous, much sought-after Portal demos will finally be released officially! 17 years after, CYNIC masterminds Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert decided to share the 10 songs they recorded as Portal with guitarist Jason Gobel, bassist Chris Kringel and female vocalist Aruna Abrams on a worldwide scale."

"I never thought this day would come," Masvidal comments. "A couple demos we'd record after 'Focus', under the name 'Portal', would develop a life of their own, and somehow become part of CYNIC's larger discography. As an artist, it's an amazingly unpredictable journey, to see these quiet labors of love, find their way, in their own time."

"The Portal Tapes" will be released on March 23rd (March 27th in North America), in strictly limited editions of 5000 digipak CDs and 1000 vinyl LPs.

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Hypno5e Posts Tour Promo Video

French act Hypno5e has unleashed a tour promo video for the band's upcoming run of shows with Cynic and Chimp Spanner in Europe this December. This video also features a few new song extracts in raw and instrumental form. Check out the video clip below.

Dates for the European trek are as follows:

Sat, 12/3/11 - Dublin, Ireland @ The Village
Sun, 12/4/11 - Belfast, UK @ Limelight
Mon, 12/5/11 - London, UK @ The Underworld
Tue, 12/6/11 - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Wed, 12/7/11 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Baroeg
Thu, 12/8/11 - Paris, France @ Divan Du Monde
Fri, 12/9/11 - Aarau, Switzerland @ Kiff
Sat, 12/10/11 - Romagnano Sesia (NOVARA), Italy @ Rock’n’Roll Arena
Sun, 12/11/11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Gala Hala
Mon, 12/12/11 - Vienna, Austria @ Arena
Tue, 12/13/11 - Budapest, Hungary @ Club 202
Wed, 12/14/11 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randall
Thu, 12/15/11 - Prague, Czech Republic @ KD Kyje
Fri, 12/16/11 - Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
Sat, 12/17/11 - Osnabrück, Germany @ Kleine Freiheit
Sun, 12/18/11 - Lyngby, Denmark @ Templet
Mon, 12/19/11 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Tue, 12/20/11 - Amstelveen, The Netherlands @ P60
Wed, 12/21/11 – Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos Saa

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