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Sean Reinert Opens Up On Cynic Split In New Interview

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Recently the metal world was shocked with the sudden dissolution of Cynic, which was apparently an unexpected development for member Paul Masvidal.

There are still a lot of questions to be answered and Metal Injection got an exclusive word with drummer Sean Reinert about the situation. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Metal Injection: What was the final straw that made you decide you no longer want to be in Cynic?

Sean Reinert: Pretty much when the musical preparation and performances were not up to par. I am able to put personal issues aside from the music, but when music suffers; it's time to call it.

Metal Injection: So you were unhappy with Paul's performance at your recent shows? Is this something you two discussed?

Sean Reinert: That was just the icing. There has been quite a bit of tension for several years. I had gotten into a pattern of being passive on the business end and when things got bad I turned to alcohol. It was a bad cycle. Now that I've been out of that cloud for almost a year I'm seeing and feeling the damage. I'm to blame for letting that happen, but I don't have to continue under those circumstances any longer now that I can see how toxic our relationship had become. And yes we had discussed his lack of practice even back to last summer's US tour.

Metal Injection: Finally, what would it take for you to reconsider your position and collaborate with Paul again?

Sean Reinert: I can't imagine a circumstance.

According to the article, Metal Injection contacted Paul Masvidal for a response to the interview and was simply told "Sean's action and words sadden me but ultimately this is a private matter" with no further comment.

Due to the band's second breakup, we also took a look back at Cynic's history in our latest Sunday Old School column here. The band's latest studio output was last year's "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here), which sadly appears will be the final Cynic release.

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