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

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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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Cynic Streaming New EP

Cynic is set to release the "Carbon-Based Anatomy" EP this Tuesday November 15th on Season of Mist. The band is currently out on the road in support of the EP with 3 and Scale the Summit.

Pitchfork is now offering an exclusive opportunity to listen to the entire EP before it hits stores this Tuesday. Check out Carbon-Based Anatomy courtesy of Pitchfork at this location.

Cynic still has the following upcoming tour dates:

11/11: Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
11/13: St Paul, MN @ Station 4
11/15: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex (UT)
11/17: Sparks, NV @ The Alley
11/18: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/19: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/22: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
11/23: Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

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Cynic Acoustic Footage Available

Metal Injection was on hand at Cynic's New York City record release show for the new EP, "Carbon Based Anatomy." Cynic performed a collection of songs from the band's catalog acoustically. Video footage of Cynic performing "Veil of Maya" and "Evolutionary Sleeper" can be seen after the jump.

Additionally, frontman Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert spoke to Metal Injection after their set. The guys discussed the evolution of their new EP, if they plan on releasing more EPs in the future, their new members, their experiences with LSD and they reveal that they expect to release a new full-length album by the Summer. Watch the full interview at this location. More...

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Cynic Streaming New Song Online

With less than two weeks before the "Carbon-Based Anatomy" EP is released, Cynic has teamed up with NPR to exclusively premiere another new track online. The song entitled "Box Up My Bones" can be streamed here.

The track listing for "Carbon-Based Anatomy" is as follows:

1. Amidst The Coals
2. Carbon-Based Anatomy.
3. Bija!
4. Box Up My Bones
5. Elves Beam Out
6. Hieroglyph

Cynic will also be out on tour with 3 and Scale the Summit on these dates:

11/5: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater (SuckFest)
11/7: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Upstairs)
11/9: Monteal, QUE @ Les Foufounes Electriques
11/10: Toronto, ON @ The Annex Wreck Room
11/11: Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
11/13: St Paul, MN @ Station 4
11/15: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex (UT)
11/17: Sparks, NV @ The Alley
11/18: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/19: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/22: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
11/23: Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

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Lake Bukkake Added To Metal Suckfest

The Metal Suckfest -- the 2-day, 20-band, MetalSucks-curated metal festival being held at NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th -- has made a last minute addition to its Day 1 roster: NYC pornogrind act Lake Bukkake will open the fest, prior to headliners Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, and many more. Metalsucks commented:

"After months and months and months of negotiations — and by 'negotiations,' we mean 'us pestering and begging them constantly' — the group has FINALLY agreed to emerge from their shell to play the opening set on Day 1 of The Metal Suckfest, one week from today, Friday, November 4. The band will play both I Left My Heart…and 1996's Shut Up it’s Good for Your Complexion in their entirety. (The combined running time of both albums is less than fifteen minutes.)

"They also PROMISED us to debut at LEAST two songs from Chinese Bukkakacy, which they have, indeed, been working on for awhile (although apparently it may not be called that anymore — 'The idea seemed pretty funny in 2006, not so much anymore,' the band told us by e-mail)."

The full Metal Sucks fest lineup is as follows: More...

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Hypno5e To Tour With Cynic And Chimp Spanner

French experimental metallers Hypno5e have been confirmed for the Carbon-Based Anatomy Live European tour with Cynic and Chimp Spanner. The tour kicks off on December 3rd in Dublin, Ireland and routes all the way until December 20th to The Netherlands. Hypno5e also recently contributed to Metalunderground.com's "Pit Stories" column with a story of an ill-timed stage dive at this location.

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

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More Bands Added To The Metal Suckfest Lineup

The inaugural Metal Suckfest, a 2-day metal festival set to take place on November 4th and 5th at New York City's Gramercy Theater, has announced four additional bands have been added to the lineup. All Pigs Must Die and This is Hell will appear on Friday, November 4th alongside Municipal Waste, while Three and Last Chance to Reason will open for Cynic on Saturday, November 5th. The lineup is as follows:

Thursday, November 3rd (PRE-GAME)

Mayhem
Keep of Kalessin
Hate
Abigail Williams
Woe

Friday, November 4th More...

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Cynic Offers Free Download Of New EP Title Track

Miami band Cynic has offered the title track from the forthcoming EP "Carbon Based Anatomy" as a free download at this location. The release is expected to drop on November 11, 2011 through Season of Mist Records.

The track listing for "Carbon Based Anatomy" is:

1. Amidst The Coals
2. Carbon-Based Anatomy.
3. Bija!
4. Box Up My Bones
5. Elves Beam Out
6. Hieroglyph

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Cynic Posts Album Teaser

Miami band Cynic has posted a teaser of the upcoming EP "Carbon Based Anatomy." The release is expected to drop on November 11, 2011 through Season of Mist Records.

The track listing for "Carbon Based Anatomy" is:

1. Amidst The Coals
2. Carbon-Based Anatomy
3. Bija!
4. Box Up My Bones
5. Elves Beam Out
6. Hieroglyph

Check out the teaser here:

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New Metal Tracks Hitting The Rock Band Network

It's a sad day for metal fans looking for something new on the Xbox 360 version of the Rock Band Network, with only a song from Attack Attack! being of possible interest in this week's lineup. PS3 fans are getting all the love this time around, with the Rock Band Network announcing it is now adding songs with 2X bass pedal support.

The following tracks hit the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 10/11/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 10/12/2011 (Europe):

After the Burial - "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You"
Amberian Dawn - "City of Corruption"
Cynic - "The Space for This"

These PS3 tracks will also be available with 2X bass pedal support:

After the Burial - "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You (2x Bass Pedal)"
Amberian Dawn - "City of Corruption (2x Bass Pedal)"
Asking Alexandria - "Morte et Dabo (2x Bass Pedal)"
Between the Buried and Me - "Alaska (2x Bass Pedal)"
Cynic - "The Space for This (2x Bass Pedal)"

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More Bands Announced For Metal Suckfest

MetalSucks has announced the latest batch of bands to appear at The Metal Suckfest, a concert event this fall spanning two days and featuring 20 bands. As previously announced, Municipal Waste will headline the first night, Friday, November 4th, while Cynic will headline the second night, Saturday, November 5th, at NYC's Gramercy Theater.

The lineup so far is shaping up as such:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Municipal Waste
God Forbid
Today is the Day
Howl
Black Tusk
Magrudergrind
Ramming Speed
Prime Evil

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Cynic
Obscura
The Red Chord
A Life Once Lost
Scale the Summit
Fight Amp
Rosetta
Ultrageist

The remaining four bands to play the festival will be announced soon. Tickets for the festival will go on sale this Friday, September 9th, at 10am at LiveNation.com.

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Cynic Reveals New Album Details

Progressive metal veterans Cynic have revealed that they will be releasing their long awaited new album this coming November. The album, which has been titled "Carbon-Based Anatomy" is set to be released on November 15th in North America through Season Of Mist. The effort will contain all new material with frontman Paul Masvidal describing it as "both a philosophical as well as a musical journey, one that begins in the Amazon jungle on the lips of a shamanic wisewoman and ends in outerspace."

The track listing for "Carbon-Based Anatomy" can be found below:

1. Amidst The Coals
2. Carbon-Based Anatomy
3. Bija!
4. Box Up My Bones
5. Elves Beam Out
6. Hieroglyph

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Hails And Horns Giving Away Free Summer Comp

Not new, but it's never too late to get free music: Like Hails and Horns on Facebook to download their 27-song "Screams of Summer Comp 2011."

The "Screams of Summer Comp 2011" tracklisting is as follows:

1. SUICIDE SILENCE – “You Only Live Once”
2. ARCH ENEMY – “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone”
3. JUNGLE ROT – “Rise And Revolt”
4. RED FANG – “Wires”
5. ROTTEN SOUND – “Self”
6. ALL SHALL PERISH – “Divine Illusion”
7. WARBRINGER – “Living Weapon”
8. AFTER THE BURIAL – “Sleeper”
9. AMORPHIS – “You I Need”
10. BLACKGUARD – “Firefight”
11. PATHOLOGY – “Code Injection”
12. OBSCURA – “Euclidean Elements”
13. RINGS OF SATURN – “Seized And Devoured”
14. THE FRANCESCO ARTUSATO PROJECT – “Gardens Of Yama”
15. PERIPHERY – “Frak The Gods”
16. CYNIC – “Wheels Within Wheels”
17. FINNTROLL – “Solsagan”
18. WORLD UNDER BLOOD – “God Amongst The Waste”
19. LOCK UP – “Life Of Devastation”
20. EXHUMED – “Funereality”
21. TOXIC HOLOCAUST – “Judgment Awaits You”
22. BENIGHTED – “Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth”
23. SEPTIC FLESH – “The Vampire From Nazareth”
24. DECAPITATED – “Homo Sun”
25. GENERAL SURGERY – “The Succulent Aftermath Of A Subdural”
26. WATAIN – “Reaping Death”
27. HAMMERFALL – “One More Time”

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Cynic And All Shall Perish Invade Rock Band

We're finally back to a full lineup of newly added track this week on the Rock Band Network, with metal fans having new songs from Cynic, All Shall Perish, After the Burial, and more to look forward to. The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including tracks from genres other than metal, is as follows:

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After the Burial - "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You" (160 MSP)
After the Burial - "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
All Shall Perish - "Stabbing to Purge Dissimulation" (160 MSP)
Armor For The Broken - "Gold Rush" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Dystopia" (80 MSP)
Chaotrope - "The Thief in the Night - Part I (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Cynic - "The Space for This" (160 MSP)
Cynic - "The Space for This (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP) More...

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MetalSucks Announces Inaugural "Metal Suckfest"

MetalSucks, in conjunction with Live Nation, has announced THE METAL SUCKFEST, a metal festival that will take place at New York City's Gramercy Theater and feature 20 bands over the course of two days, November 4th and 5th. MUNICIPAL WASTE will headline the first night, while CYNIC will close the festival the following evening. Additional event support is coming from Indie Merch Store.

The other eighteen bands that fill out the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Cynic Posts New Album Update

Guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal of reunited progressive metal outfit Cynic, has posted a new message online in which he discusses the band's next studio album, the first since 2008's, "Traced In Air." The message reads as follows:

"I've been working away in the home studio writing lots of new songs and keeping off the grid to stay creatively focused. Apologies for having been a bit reclusive in our digital age of informational abundance! It's safe to say that Cynic already has plenty of material for a new record, but something keeps the inspiration going to write more. I feel like I'm on for the ride and just seeing what manifests as a result of sitting on the train and looking out the window. As we move further along and closer to 'destination recording', the album will start to shape itself and the appropriate songs will be chosen. We're looking at late summer / early fall to enter the studio. At the moment, I have no idea when the record will be released. Maybe later this year or early next. We're also in communication with lots of fantastic new musicians who will be involved. I can already sense this next album is going to take our listeners on a whole new sonic adventure that words cannot yet describe. I say this because the work is feeling based and there's a lot of life poured into these embryos that will speak for themselves when heard. I'm always amazed at how living life informs the art so directly and yet we have no power over it. The songs have a directness and urgency unlike anything we've done before due to a bountiful influx of concentrated life experiences. Thank the universe for the gift of music. I am so absolutely grateful to be alive and to be able to share the potency and beauty of music with you. In the meantime keep spreading the love and thank you for taking this journey with us."

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