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.
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."
Progressive metal veterans Cynic have posted the following statement online;
"We're announcing a change in the band's lineup this winter.
"After much soul-searching and discussion, CYNIC will say goodbye to bassist Robin Zielhorst and guitarist Tymon Kruidenier. This decision was reached mutually, with great respect for each other as people and the work that we've done over the past 2-3 years.
"The logistical challenges of maintaining a band that is half based in The Netherlands and the other half in the United States (drummer Sean Reinert and guitarist Paul Masvidal live in California) has become unworkable.
"The pre-production stages for CYNIC's next release have just begun and it seemed like an appropriate time to define the next chapter of the band.
"The new CYNIC release is coming in summer 2011 on the Season of Mist label."
It has been announced that Steve Asheim of Deicide and Sean Reinert of Cynic will perform at the 2011 edition of the Titans Of The Throne festival. The drum specific festival will also include performances from Malevolent Creation drummer Gus Rios and Patrick Johansson. "Titans Of The Throne" will be taking place on January 21, 2011 at Hooligans Live in Boca Raton, Florida and will be presented by Sick Drummer Magazine.
For more information you can visit www.titansofthethrone.com.
Metal Injection has just posted three pro-shot live clips of CYNIC from January 2010 at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD. You can check out "Space for This" below, with links to two more videos thereafter.
Progressive metal veterans Cynic has announced that they will be trekking across the United States this summer on what is being dubbed the "Hall Of Fame" tour. During the tour, the band will be performing the legendary album, "Focus" from start to finish, along with songs from the rest of their acclaimed back catalogue. Support on the tour will come from Intronaut and Dysrhythmia.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
CYNIC's upcoming EP, "Re-Traced," made from four remakes of songs from the "Traced in Air" album, a previously unreleased track and a video, is set for a May 17th release through Season of Mist. Here is the artwork. The tracklisting is as follows:
5. Wheels Within Wheels
Frontman Paul Masvidal comments: "The artwork on the EP takes Venosa's original song paintings from the 'Traced in Air' booklet and reinterprets them by extracting the basic outlines, almost appearing as though they are etched in wood. Travis Smith helped manifest these conceptions graphically. The idea was to have the 'tracing' of the original work in tact, so it almost morphs into a simple line drawing of the sculptural shapes found in Venosa's work. The end result appears like unearthed, archival etchings from an alien planet."
French metallers Gorod are currently streaming a cover of a Cynic track online. Gorod's cover version of the song "Textures," which is off Cynic's album "Focus," can be heard via the band's official MySpace page. Gorod also have the following upcoming tour dates:
3/28 2010 Paris Extreme Fest / Elysée Montmartre w/ Arch Enemy, Entombed.. Paris, Ile-de-France
4/14 0210 Le Splendid w/ Loudblast lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
4/17 2010 L’Ampli w/ Loudblast PAU, Aquitaine
4/30 2010 RMS studios w/ Dysmorphic, Human Shred Tours(37)
5/1 2010 Neurotic Death Fest w/ Carcass, Pestilence, Dying Fetus, Immolation Tilburg(Holland)
5/23 2010 Midwest Fuckfest, Milwaukee @ The Rave MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin
5/30 2010 MARYLAND DEATHFEST w/entombed, autopsy, obituary Baltimore(USA)
6/19 2010 HELLFEST clisson
7/31 2010 Stonehenge festival w/incantation, general surgery, hacride Steenwijk (Holland)
A video of Cynic playing the new song "Wheels Within Wheels" live at the Trocadero in Philadelphia on January 31, 2010 has made its way online. Check it out below.
Between The Buried And Me has announced a lengthy headlining tour of North America which will kick off at the beginning of next month. This will be in support of the bands highly acclaimed new album, "The Great Misdirect" which is available now through Victory Records. Support on the trek will come the legendary Cynic, as well as Devin Townsend Project and Scale The Summit.
The tour dates are as follows:
January 8 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
January 9 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
January 10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
January 11 - Houston, TX - Meridian
January 12 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar (Big room)
January 13 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
January 15 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
January 16 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
January 17 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
January 18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
January 20 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
January 22 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
January 23 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
January 24 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
January 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s Downunder
January 26 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
January 27 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
January 28 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
January 29 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
January 30 - New York, NY - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
January 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
February 1 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
February 3 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
February 4 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
February 5 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
February 6 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
As we near Black Friday, the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year, many retailers and online stores have announced a variety of special deals. Many of these deals offer metal and hard rock albums at greatly reduced prices. As more Black Friday ads are announced we will continue to update this page with the most recent information. The current metal deals are as follows: More...
Scale The Summit have announced they will be supporting Between the Buried and Me on a North American tour along with Cynic and The Devin Townsend Project.
Guitarist Chris Letchford commented: "We're touring with Between The Buried And Me, Cynic and Devin Townsend! We have been wanting to tour with Between The Buried And Me for years now. The second I heard news of Cynic reforming and hearing their amazing new album, I never thought a package like this would come together, very glad their back! Then there is Devin Townsend. The last time I saw Devin play was with Strapping Young Lad when I was 16, which was over 9 years ago! Never would have thought we'd tour together. This tour is not one you'll want to miss. Best tour of 2010 by far!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
1/8 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
1/9 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/10 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/11 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/12 Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar (Big Room)
1/13 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
1/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/17 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/18 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
1/20 Denver, CO @ Cervantes
1/22 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
1/23 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
1/24 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
1/25 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Downunder
1/26 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
1/27 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
1/28 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
1/29 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
1/30 New York, NY @ The Fillmore - Irving Plaza
1/31 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
2/1 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
2/3 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/6 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
The Noctis III Metal Festival in Calgary, Alta. is ready to unleash a two-day extravaganza of high-octane metal, and Canada’s first ever metal conference.
The conference impacts the city Oct. 2, with a host of internationally acclaimed guest speakers and panelists, including former Megadeth founder and bassist David Ellefson, world-renowned music journalist Martin Popoff, Paul Masvidal of Cynic, David Gold from Ontario Canada’s doom outfit Woods of Ypres and Megawatt Mayhem co-hosts JP Wood and Kevin Woron.
Some of the scheduled topics cover what it takes to get signed these days, tips on landing tours, how to get endorsements and distribution deals, how to promote your band, DIY recording, metal concert photography, and the future of metal journalism.
Following the conference is an 18+ club night showcase at one of Calgary’s premier metal venues, The Distillery, where headliners Novembers Doom, Slough Feg and Ares Kingdom will be sharing the stage with local acts Kilyakai, Norrath, Truck and Tosca, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The two-stage main festival on Oct. 3 takes place at the University of Calgary. Cynic, Suffocation, Destroyer 666 and Aura Noir are among the acts scheduled to brutalize MacEwan Hall, while just a few strides away at The Den, Edmonton’s Death Toll Rising tears things up with A Bloodshed Nightmare from Siksika Nation, and Calgary’s Sacred Ally, Akakor, HROM and Fornication.
“(It’s) another show in Canada, which tend to be great shows for us, and the promoters having a keen interest in us and what we do,” enthuses Cynic's Masvidal. “They asked us if we’d like to speak and discuss songwriting and our creative process, and I was completely open to that. I thought it’d be interesting, and just being part of a collective seems cool. One of our managers is gonna be there, the head of our label is gonna be there, so it’s kind of a team effort.”
More info on the event, including complete list of bands and guest speakers, can be found online at www.noctisvalkyries.com.
In the latest entry of his "Jumping Darkness Parade" blog for MetalSucks, DAATH guitarist Eyal Levi has revealed that he and fellow DAATH shredder Emil Werstler are working on a record with CYNIC drummer Sein Reinert, to be released on Magna Carta Records in Spring 2010. He also revealed that DAATH will return to the studio in April 2010 to begin recording their follow-up to "The Concealers." An excerpt from the blog follows:
"I’ve had music writing on my mind a lot these days. Maybe its because I have a lot on my plate. The record I’m doing with Emil from DAATH and Cynic’s Sean Reinert needs to be delivered by the first of the year. It’s going to be released in the spring of 2010. My side project wants to record an EP of still to be written material this December. And last but not least, DAATH is looking to go into the studio in April to record our next one. We’d like for it to be out by the end of Summer 2010.
"That’s a shit load of music to write in a very short period of time if you consider that we’re still touring. Some advice I get from people is 'Don’t rush.' That's good advice. None of this is going to be rushed and it will all get what it needs and wants so that it can grow into the work of art it deserves to become. I think I've figured out how to write on the road and this next tour will be the perfect situation for that. We are sharing the bus with a straightedge band. Can't be partying like usual because my health could relapse. Instead of staring into space and wishing I could party, I'll occupy my time with creative things. So I’ll be writing music on the road. And a lot of it!"
Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.
Eyefear has issued the following announcement about confirming their appearance at Australia's Screamfest:
"Greetings. We are proud to announce that Eyefear have been confirmed to take part in one of the biggest metal events ever to take place in Australia Screamfest 09. This promises to be a huge event. Hope to see you all their !!! Horns Up !!!"
The two day festival is set to take place on December 31st and January 1st in Sydney. Other confirmed bands for the Screamfest include: Cynic, Dark Funeral, Destroyer 666, Destruction, Edguy, Ensiferum, Rotting Christ, Sonata Arctica, Black Majesty, Virgin Black, and Vanishing Point.
The Summer Breeze Festival 2009 will take place in Dinkelsbühl, Germany from August 13 - 15. The final bands confirmed for the festival are WALLS OF JERICHO, CARNIFEX, ANAAL NATHRAKH, CYNIC, THE RED CHORD and BENIGHTED.
The entire list of confirmed bands is as follows: More...
Washington D.C. band Brave has issued the following announcement about playing a live show with Cynic:
"Bravewill be opening for the legendary Cynic at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on 5/12/09. We are really happy to be on this show as we've all been fans of Cynic for years. Special thanks to Jay at Jaxx for getting us on this gig!
"Also, the 10 year anniversary album 'Lost in Retrospect,' which was released earlier this year by Femme Metal Records, UK, is now available for download via iTunes.
"Stay tuned for future updates regarding both Brave and While Heaven Wept..."
Atlanta based quintet DAATH is about to unleash their brand-new album “The Concealers”, which will be released on April 20th (Europe) and April 21st (US). The band just filmed a video for the song “Day Of Endless Light” with director Robin Fuller (Ghost Of A Thousand, Shaped By Fate) and you can now check out some photos from the shoot at the band's myspace page.
Eyal Levi (guitars) further states:
“I hate music videos. Always have. There’s been a few exceptions over the years like the old Tool videos or White Stripes videos but for the most part they suck. Especially metal videos. How many times can we watch a group of burly dudes throwing down in a warehouse or abandoned building? With this video that was the LAST thing I wanted for us. I set out to find a team that would give us an actual work of art which could be watched and enjoyed regardless of the music. We ended up with Robin Fuller directing. We chose him because of his amazing animation skills and overall enthusiasm for the vision. The vision was to have a video shot in the style of a Frank Miller film (Sin City) and have those shots interwoven with the art and design that Jorden Haley has created for us with “The Concealers”. This will not be your typical metal video.”
In addition to that, the band has posted the brand-new track “Silenced” from the forthcoming album “The Concealers” which can be found on the band's Myspace as well.
Right on time with the album’s release, DAATH will be touring the US in April/May with Dragonforce and Cynic. Visit their MySpace page to view the full list of dates. Also, the following European festivals have been confirmed:
August 7, 2009 – Bad Berka (D) @ Party San Open Air
August 14, 2009 – Dinkelsbühl (D) @ Summer Breeze Festival
August 16, 2009 – Derby (UK) @ Bloodstock Open Air
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