Cynic’s music has often been eclipsed by the band’s mythology. Half its members were also part of the Florida death metal legends Death, appearing on 1991’s classic Human just after finishing high school. While touring Europe with Death, authorities impounded their gear, and upon their return home, Hurricane Andrew razed their rehearsal space, further delaying Cynic’s debut album, 1993’s Focus: a perfect, iconoclastic slab of robotic-voiced jazzy death metal. They broke up almost immediately after its release, and when they returned with 2008’s follow-up Traced in Air, their softer, proggier sound alienated some fans. In the 2010s, Cynic have been an ongoing question mark: Virtuosic bassist Sean Malone cycled in and out of the band, while drummer Sean Reinert departed in 2015, at which point he and singer-guitarist Paul Masvidal were in public disagreement over the group’s very existence.
Greetings folks, and welcome to another year-end list from the Weekly Injection guy. To the metals…. These are the albums that I either returned to the most, were unique listening experiences, or just plain made me happy to hear. So, I'm sure I left off your favorites and that's fine. This is my list.
US progressive rockers Cynic have released a new video for Diamond Light Body, which you can watch below. It's taken from the band's latest album Ascension Codes, which was released on Friday through Seasons Of Mist. Given the circumstances under which the album was recorded, including the departure of original...
Cynic is now streaming their new song "Diamond Light Body" off their brand new record Ascension Codes featuring the trio of drummer Matt Lynch (Trioscapes), guitarist and vocalist Paul Masvidal, Lynch, and keyboardist Dave Mackay. The "Diamond Light Body" music video features artwork by artists Martina Hoffmann and Robert Venosa, and design and animations by Randy Gaul and Jonatan Martinez (the latter worked with Masvidal on the Mythical Human Vessel trilogy).
The arrival of a new, full-length album from Cynic should be a cause for unreserved celebration, yet Ascension Codes emerges from under a cloud of tragedy. While drummer and co-founder Sean Reinert left the band in 2015, his death in January 2020 was keenly felt by his former bandmates and fans alike. Less than a year later, the passing of bassist Sean Malone in December 2020 was a second heartbreaking loss for the Cynic camp.
Progressive Rock, Fusion | Season Of Mist | Release date: 26 Nov 2021. Transcending tragedy, Cynic bravely brings the cycle started on Focus to an unlikely and poignant end. Who could continue after the stunning loss of two friends and bandmates? I could never do it. Yet Cynic, now the entity of which Paul Masvidal is the sole founding member, has continued the material that was already in the works years prior and somehow managed to bring an intoxicating, unbelievable record to fruition, in what threatens to be the last.
Progressive rock legend CYNIC will be releasing their highly anticipated new full-length Ascension Codes November 26 via Season of Mist! Today, November 24, the band will host a live stream of the new record via the official Season of Mist YouTube. The stream will air at 21:00 CET and all band members as well as album producer/mixer Warren Riker will be present in the live chat! The premiere will be hosted at this location.
CYNIC have been a tour de force in progressive metal for decades but lately they’ve been forced to bear far more tragedy than any band should. The recent deaths of two members has left an unfillable hole in the makeup of the band and the scene as a whole, and that tragedy is writ large across their fourth album, Ascension Codes. There are some interesting choices; for one, the bass is played instead with a bass synthesiser, a respectable choice given the circumstances and one that adds an interesting texture to the parts on the album. What Paul Masvidal, with help from Dave Mackay and Matt Lynch, has crafted this time is not just a transcendent piece of progressive music, but one that’s deeply informed by grief, loss and sorrow. Those emotions permeate the record without ever dragging it down into despair, but nevertheless their impact is profoundly felt.
It’s been a rough road for Cynic frontman Paul Masvidal over the last year or so. With the sad and untimely deaths of bass player Sean Malone and former drummer Sean Reinert, it would have been reasonable to assume that any new music produced under the Cynic name would cast a bleak shadow indeed.
Cynic have shared a new single called “In A Multiverse Where Atoms Sing.” Check out the track in the drum-playthrough video performed by Matt Lynch below. The band has slated the release of their 4th full-length album, Ascension Codes, for November 26 via Season Of Mist. Cynic was formed by guitarist and singer Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert in 1987.
Cynic have shared a new single from their upcoming full-length, Ascension Codes, which is due out November 26 through Season Of Mist. The track debut for "In A Multiverse Where Atoms Sing" comes via a drum-playthrough video (performed by Matt Lynch), which can be viewed here:
Cynic drummer Matt Lynch leads viewers through a drum-through of brand new Cynic song In A Multiverse Where Atoms Sing which you can watch in full below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album Ascension Codes which will be released through Season Of Mist records on November 26. It's the US proggers' first new music since the release of 2014's Kindly Bent To Free Us.
Season Of Mist will release Cynic's new album, Ascension Codes, on November 26. Pre-order the album here or here. Drummer Matt Lynch is now sharing a playthrough for the track, "In a Multiverse Where Atoms Sing". Watch below:. Watch and listen to a preview of the official music video for...