Band Photo: Cynic (?)
From: FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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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.
Earlier in the year Metal Underground presented its annual “Best Of” awards and with his finger always on the pulse, deathbringer mentioned a new dominance in metal leading us into 2009. Maybe you’ve noticed the extra acoustic interludes, the blazing shred solos, the disjointed poly-rhythms or maybe you haven’t - but either way a cloud of progressive influence has undoubtedly emerged over the metal scene. Not just in our minds here at MU, but in the minds of fans Opeth, Cynic, Meshuggah, Nachtmystium and Ihsahn stood out with impressive 2008 releases. Even more excitement and interest has been generated by collaborations between Ihsahn and Opeth, and 2009 hasn’t let up with Mastodon’s progressive opus “Crack The Skye” and Obscura’s “Cosmogenesis” leading the charge.
So what magic is at work here aside from great prog-metal releases? Larger bands such as the explosive power metal act DragonForce and progressive groovers Mastodon have played a large part in the uprising of the pursuit of extreme talent for more mainstream metal fans - opening legions of otherwise clueless greenhorns to the bar of instrumental ability. Old hands such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and numerous thrash acts have also not been untouched by the progressive aura and have regained the thirst for pushing technical boundaries - a truly founding ideal of metal if ever there was one. Another force at play here is the power the internet has had in exposing technical freak shows like Necrophagist as well as many young tech-metal heads being introduced to metal and fostered through 90s progressive acts such as Tool or Dream Theater. Not enough for you? Let’s take a little trip back in time then. More...
Daath has announced that they will not be able to play at the House of Blues show in California on their upcoming tour with Cynic and Dragonforce. The band issued the following statement about the cancelation:
"Apparently Disney doesn’t like us very much. We don’t know why, because they wouldn’t tell us but we know they don’t. And how do we know they don’t? Because they kicked us off the April 15th Anaheim House Of Blues show. I’m not going to bother justifying ourselves in light of this. Only thing I can do is give a sincere apology to any of our fans who spent money to come and see us. We will be back in the area very soon I promise."
The band will continue on the Cynic / Dragonforce tour with their appearance April 17th in Boise, Idaho at Knitting Factory and continue for the duration of the tour.
Power metal band Dragonforce has announced that they will be bringing American progressive metal band Cynic along with them as the main support act for their North American tour which kicks off next month. The band was invited by Dragonforce personally to tour with them. Also on the bill will be Daath.
The tour dates are as follows:
April 15th - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
April 17th - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
April 18th - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
April 19th - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
April 21st - Fargo, ND - The Venue @ Playmakers
April 22nd - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
April 24th - Sauget, IL - Pop's
April 25th - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
April 26th - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
April 27th - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
April 28th - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
April 30th - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls
May 1st - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
May 2nd - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
May 4th - Providence, RI - Lupo's at The Strand
May 5th - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
May 7th - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
May 8th - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
May 9th - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
May 10th - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Georgia metallers Daath have announced a string of tour dates with Cynic and Dragonforce. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
4/15 - House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
4/17 - Knitting Factory, Boise, IA
4/18 - Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
4/19 - Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
4/21 - The Venue at Playmakers, Fargo, ND + The Concealers releases in the US!
4/22 - Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
4/24 - Pop's, Sauget, IL
4/25 - The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
4/26 - Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
4/27 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
4/28 - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
4/30 - Mr. Smalls, Millvale, PA
5/01 - Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
5/02 - The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
5/04 - Lupos at the Strand, Providence, RI
5/05 - Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
5/07 - Higher Ground, So.Burlington, VT
5/08 - Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
5/09 - Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
5/10 - The Norva, Norfolk, VA
It seems that The Faceless are the latest band to be banned from performing at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. The Disney owned club has not disclosed why they won't allow The Faceless to perform at the club on February 1st with Meshuggah and Cynic but the band will be a part of the tour from February 2nd onwards. Several other metal bands have been banned from performing at the club in recent times such as Belphegor most recently.
Meshuggah have announced a North American tour with Cynic and The Faceless. Tour dates are as follows:
02/01/09 - House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
02/02/09 - House of Blues – San Diego, CA
02/03/09 - House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
02/04/09 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
02/06/09 - El Corazón – Seattle, WA
02/07/09 - Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
02/08/09 - Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
02/09/09 - Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
02/11/09 - Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
02/13/09 - Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
02/15/09 - House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
02/17/09 - Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/18/09 - Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
02/19/09 - TBA – New York, NY
02/20/09 - Recher Theatre – Towson, MD More...
The release date for "Traced in Air", the new album from reunited progressive metallers CYNIC originally slated for late October, had to be pushed back to November 17th (November 25th in the US), for manufacturing reasons.
Read guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal's comment: "When Season of Mist made us aware of the release date change, it was immediately apparent that this offered us the potential to spread the word even more about this album. Sean and I are extremely proud of the new record and are looking forward to sharing it with CYNIC fans around the world, even if we have to wait just a bit longer. We're thrilled about touring with OPETH next month in Europe, and of course the US tour beginning in January is going to be on fire!"
Season of Mist has posted an MP3 of a brand new Cynic song, "Integral Birth," off the band's upcoming "Traced In Air" album. "Traced In Air" is scheduled to hit record stores on October 27th. The album contains eight songs and clocks in at around thirty five minutes long.
The special box set edition of "Traced in Air", strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide, is available exclusively through the Season of Mist mailorder here.
The limited edition package contains:
"Traced in Air" in acrylic DVD case
USB flash drive
Cynic guitar pick
pull out large full color poster of album cover painting
exclusive stickers with Venosa artwork from the record
The book is a one of a kind translucent 20 page journal booklet (magnifying glass included), with personal notes, lyric sketches, rare photos, thoughts and dreams taken directly from CYNIC's universe, mostly consisting of Paul Masvidal's personal journals which tell the story of "Traced in Air" and his own creative process as a songwriter.
To US residents: the box should be sold on via the Century Media and Relapse mailorders, which should help you save on shipping costs.
Season of Mist bands Cynic and Atrox have been confirmed for the upcoming ProgPower Europe festival. Cynic will headline the festival on Saturday, October 4th and Norwegian experimental metallers Atrox will play on October 3rd.
Finland's Ghost Brigade has cancelled its appearance due to financial and logistical reasons, however.
Australian prog death metallers Alarum have been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of the ProgPower Europe festival, set to take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. It will be a very special performance as it is a one-off European show. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Friday, October 3:
PAGAN'S MIND (NOR)
DIVISION BY ZERO (POL)
Saturday, October 4:
ZERO HOUR (USA)
WOLVERINE (SWE) *
[to be announced]
Sunday, October 5:
WOLVERINE (SWE) **
21 EYES OF RUBY (HOL)
* 1999 setlist (when WOLVERINE played the first-ever ProgPower Europe)
** Regular setlist
Cynic have announced that their highly anticipated new album will be named "Traced In Air" and that the disc is scheduled to hit record stores on October 27th. The album contains eight songs and clocks in at around thirty five minutes long. The band have posted a trailer for the new album below: More...
Progressive favourites Opeth and Cynic have announced that they will be joining forces this autumn for a lengthy European tour. Also on the bill will be The Ocean.
The tour dates are as follows:
November 17 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC
November 18 - Dublin, IRE @ St. Vicars
November 19 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
November 20 - London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
November 21 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
November 22 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
November 23 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
November 25 - Amsterdam, NET @ Melkweg
November 26 - Brussels, BEL @ AB
November 27 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartre
November 28 - Toulouse, FRA @ Havanna Cafe
November 29 - Bilbao, SPA @ Cafe Antzokia
November 30 - Madrid, SPA @ Heineken Club
December 2 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmattazz
December 3 - Lyon, FRA @ Transbourder
December 4 - Milan, ITA @ Alcatraz
December 5 - Zurich, SWI @ Rosthofflager
December 6 - Munich, GER @ Backstage Werk
December 7 - Vienna, AUT @ Arena
December 9 - Stuttgart, GER @ Longhorn
December 10 - Cologne, GER @ Live Music Hall
December 11 - Berlin, GER @ Postbahnhof
December 12 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
December 13 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Brew House
December 15 - Helsinki, FIN @ Cable Factory
December 17 - Stockholm, SWE @ Debaser Medis
December 18 - Stockholm, SWE @ Debaser Medis
Technical/progressive metal legends CYNIC are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album, to be released later this year via Season of Mist Records. Returning from the "Focus"-era are founding members Paul Masvidal (guitars/clean vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums) along with Sean Malone (bass), and joining the band in the studio is newcomer Tymon Kruidenier (guitars/growls). The band is currently doing the final stages of mixing with producer Warren Riker, and the band is extremely happy with the results.
In addition, the band has announced their first upcoming tour dates in Europe, with additional dates/touring to be announced in the near future (including US dates). The band has also been announced as the headliner for this year's ProgPower Europe festival, and will be playing a special extended set at the show.
Guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal had this to say:
"Sean and I are pleased to announce the completion of album #2. We've been on an amazing journey discovering this new music and soon it will be yours. Expect the unexpected. The album is an intensely concentrated mosaic of internal and external energies, from the deepest peace to the purest aggression. There's an acquired taste that comes with a record of this density, but once your ears wrap themselves around the language at work, everything falls into place and suddenly you'll feel a sudden urge to sing, scream or maybe even cry. The album has a beginning, middle and end. The story will reveal itself after numerous listens and then you may not want to let go. Besides Reinert and I, Tymon brought some new life force and magic to the record with fierce growling and poetic guitar sensibilities. Malone also did a fine job with the low end, grooving away with Reinert in a pocket land from hell!
"For the live department, due to Malone's other commitments, we're pleased to welcome Robin Zielhorst into the fold on bass along with Tymon growling and ripping it up on another glorious Steinberger! Robin's a phenomenal Dutch talent pulled from Tymon's brain into the madness of Cynic's musical melange. The band is now a fiery breathing entity, full of magic dust, ready to appear at your doorstep this summer. Please join us at an upcoming concert."
Here are Cynic's scheduled tour dates so far: More...
CYNIC drummer Sean Reinert has issued the following update:
“We are currently finishing up mixing the last two songs for the new CYNIC album with Warren Riker and could not be happier. It is really sounding amazing. I’m loving my drum sound! Paul’s [Masvidal, guitar/vocals] guitar tones are really killer. [Sean] Malone [bass] came down from Missouri for four days and tracked some great bass and stick lines. Tymon [Kruidenier, guitar/vocals] arrived [from Holland] last weekend and is now part of the fold. His growls and guitars are sounding sick!! We’ve been in a Glendale studio for almost 4 1/2 weeks now and yet I feel like we’ve been here a year! After we finish tomorrow night we will sit and live with the songs for a week before proceeding on to mastering. Right after that we start our rehearsals for the summer European mini-tour so keep a lookout for dates.”
Cynic, the famed technical/prog metal band, recently signed to record label Season Of Mist. Here's what Season Of Mist had to say on the catch:
"Season of Mist is really proud to announce that a new cult band just joined the roster. Let's welcome legendary American progressive jazzy death metal band Cynic! Most of the label's team have been a fan of the band's milestone and so far only album, "Focus", so needless to say we at Season of Mist are all extremely excited about this new collaboration.
Cynic frontman Paul Masvidal made the following comment on signing over to the new label:
"We're pleased to be back in business with Season of Mist as our record company. They have tremendous enthusiasm and passion for our work. Our bottom line was a company that understood what Cynic does and believes in it 100%. We found that with SOM. We're deep in the pre-production album process now and will be headed into the studio in a couple weeks to dive even deeper and start the recordings with our talented friend Warren Riker at the engineering / mixing helm. The journey of writing this record has taken Reinert and I to new heights of exploration, straight into the heart of Cynic's soul. We're thrilled to be able to share this new work with the best fans in the world. Stay tuned."
Cynic's debut album for their new label should see a release sometime next Autumn. In the meantime, you can check out a sample of the demo to the new track "Integral Birth" on their official MySpace page. The band is set to enter the studio this Summer with Grammy Award winning producer Warren Riker (Down, Santana) to begin work on their long-awaited follow-up to 1993's "Focus". The album will reportedly comprise eight tracks, and the band is again working with artist Venosa, who created the unmistakeable cover and visuals for "Focus." Live performances, including a special appearance at Wacken Open Air, Germany, on next August 1st, will precede the upcoming album.
The following press release has been announced:
Reunited progressive metallers CYNIC, whose 1993 album Focus is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, have inked a worldwide deal with France's Season Of Mist Records.
The band is set to enter the studio this summer with Grammy-award winning producer Warren Riker (DOWN, SANTANA) to begin work on it's long-awaited follow-up to Focus. The CD will contain eight songs, and the band is working once again with renowned artist Venosa (who created the unmistakeable cover and visuals for Focus).
A late 2008 release is expected, to be supported by additional live shows, soon to be announced.
Cynic founding members Paul Masvidal (guitar, vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums), who both gained reputation and praise while performing alongside Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH in the recording and touring lineup for the milestone album Human, recently spent time at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida working on the mix for three new demo tracks with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER, etc.).
The three new songs - 'Integral Birth' (which can be heard on the band's MySpace page), 'Evolutionary Sleeper' and 'Adam's Murmur' - led to the return of Focus bassist Sean Malone, who had heard the demo material and was excited by it. Although Sean had been busy as a teacher in another state, he renewed his ties with Masvidal and Reinert and it was decided that Malone would join them both for the recording of the second album, as well as live shows whenever possible.
Rounding out the group's current lineup is Tymon Kruidenier, a talented guitarist out of the Netherlands who will also handle the aggressive vocals.
Drummer Sean Reinert of the reunited progressive metallers CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, has issued the following update:
"Many of you might be in the 'know' but for those of you who are unaware CYNIC has been booked for the Wacken [Open Air] festival in Germany this August. We will be filling in a few more dates around this for a small first run. We anticipate a full world tour to coincide with the release of the new CD this fall. Plans include Western Europe, USA and South America. Hopefully we can get to Japan!"
"For those of you who are interested in AEON SPOKE [Sean's other band, also featuring CYNIC's Paul Masvidal on guitar/vocals], we are currently writing/recording new material for a second release sometime in 2009. The current CD is availible for download as well as a T-shirt for purchase under the 'messages' tab on the website (www.aeonspoke.com)." More...
Drummer Tim Batkin of the reactivated NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) outfit CYNIC (not to be confused with the reunited progressive metallers CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal) has released the following statement via the HellrideMusic.com forum:
"The German people have an enviable and just reputation for thoroughness and attention to detail, so it is very disappointing to report that during negotiations for CYNIC (UK) to play at Wacken [Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany] (including telephone conversations to and from England), that whilst they booked and promoted a British heavy metal band from Worcester, England, they (Thomas from Wacken Open Air) believed he had entered into contract with a thrash metal band from the U.S. Dear Thomas (ever the promoter professional), when he realised his error (well, in fact, he sent our team a link to Wikipedia of CYNIC U.S. and asked if that was us), and when receiving the negative response, binned us from the show.
"So, sorry, guys, we won't be playing. If anyone could suggest another venue, we would be all ears to come and play. In the meantime, and putting this distraction behind us, we will crack on with the album and get it out to you."
Mercenary, Cynic and Machine Men have recently been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, which takes place July 31 to August 2 in Wacken, Germany.
Other bands set to perform at the festival:
3 Inches lf Blood
As I Lay Dying
At the Gates
Axel Rudi Pell
Before the Dawn
Children of Bodom
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Quality technical metal connoisseurs and open-minded music-lovers in general will be delighted to hear that Florida’s legendary CYNIC have returned to creative power after a successful European re-union tour in the summer of 2007 and will soon be recording a new album, their second after 1993’s genre-shattering “Focus” debut.
CYNIC founding members Paul Masvidal (guitars / vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums), who both gained reputation and praise while performing alongside Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH in the recording and touring lineup for the milestone album “Human,” are currently in Sanford, Florida, working on the mix for three new demo tracks together with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, etc.) at his own Audiohammer Studios. The three new tracks are entitled “Integral Birth,” “Evolutionary Sleeper,” and “Adam’s Murmur,” but Masvidal and Reinert have already written a full album’s worth of new material and the band will use the demo to begin talks with record companies about a 2008 release. More...