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Encyclopedia > Cynic (band)

Cynic in 1993
(From L to R: Sean Malone, Jason Gobel, Sean Reinert, Paul Masvidal)
Background information
Origin Miami, Florida, USA
Genre(s) Technical Death Metal
Progressive metal
Years active 1987-1994
2006-present
Label(s) Roadrunner Records
Associated
acts
Portal
Death
Gordian Knot
Master
Æon Spoke
Atheist
Pestilence
Aghora
Anomaly
Malevolent Creation
Monstrosity
Office Of Strategic Influence
Website http://www.cynicalsphere.com
Members
Paul Masvidal
Sean Reinert
Chris Kringel
David Senescu
Former members
Jack Kelly
Mark Van Erp
Tony Choy
Dana Cosley
Jason Gobel
Sean Malone
Tony Teegarden

Cynic is a technical death metal/progressive metal band from Miami, Florida, United States. Their only album, 1993's Focus, is widely regarded as a landmark release of the genre. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Technical death metal, or tech death for short, is a term used to describe bands in the subgenre death metal. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Roadrunner Records is a major record label that concentrates on metal bands. ... Death was an influential American death metal band founded in 1983 and dissolved in 1999. ... Gordian Knot was a progressive rock/metal band directed by bass guitarist Sean Malone. ... Master is a death metal band formed in Chicago, USA in 1983 as the band Warcry fell apart. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Atheist is a progressive death/thrash metal band from Florida, USA, founded in 1984, whose music was technical and sometimes reminiscent of jazz. ... Pestilence were a death/thrash metal band from the Netherlands founded in 1986. ... Aghora is a progressive metal band formed in 1995 by Guitarist Santiago Dobles. ... Malevolent Creation is a death metal band originally hailing from Buffalo, New York. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... OSI is an American progressive experimental supergroup formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2003. ... Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... Sean Reinert is the former drummer of Cynic. ... Chris Kringel is an American bass guitarist, born in Appleton, Wisconsin, who has performed with Cynic, Æon Spoke and Inda Eaton. ... For Jack Kelly, the triple gold medal winning Olympic rower and father of Grace Kelly and John B. Kelly, Jr. ... Tony Choy is an American bass player. ... Jason Gobel is an American guitarist. ... Sean Malone is an American bass guitarist, born in Delran, New Jersey, formerly of Cynic and currently in Gordian Knot. ... Technical death metal, or tech death for short, is a term used to describe bands in the subgenre death metal. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ...

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Biography

Demo Era

Cynic was formed in 1987 by vocalist Jack Kelly, guitarist (and now also vocalist) Paul Masvidal, bassist Mark Van Erp, and drummer Sean Reinert. In 1988, the band made their first recording, simply called the '88 Demo. After the demo, vocalist Jack Kelly left the band, and Paul Masvidal took over vocal duties, while still continuing to play guitar. The band also added a second guitarist, Jason Gobel. Another demo followed in 1989, this one titled Reflections of a Dying World. 1989 also brought another line-up change for the band; bassist Mark Van Erp left, and was replaced by Tony Choy. In 1990, the new lineup went to the studio to record their third demo, plainly titled '90 Demo. In 1991, Cynic signed with Roadrunner Records and recorded their fourth and final demo, known as Demo 1991. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... For Jack Kelly, the triple gold medal winning Olympic rower and father of Grace Kelly and John B. Kelly, Jr. ... Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... Sean Reinert is the former drummer of Cynic. ... Jason Gobel is an American guitarist. ... Tony Choy is an American bass player. ... Roadrunner Records is a major record label that concentrates on metal bands. ...


Recording "Focus"

The recording of Cynic's only full-length album, Focus did not happen immediately after the ink dried on the band's new contract with Roadrunner Records. Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert had played on Death's 1991 album Human, and were obligated to take part in the supporting tour of Europe. During this tour, Death ran into serious financial trouble, and Masvidal and Reinert's gear was confiscated, and they had to wait 6 months before being able to retrieve it. During this time, bassist Tony Choy left to join Atheist. The band recruited Sean Malone as a replacement, and planned to enter the studio in August 1992. However, the day they were set to begin recording Focus, Hurricane Andrew struck Florida, destroying both guitarist Jason Gobel's home, and the band's rehearsal space, leading to a further three months in delays. The band used this time as an opportunity to write new material, much of which is featured on Focus. During the time of recording, Paul Masvidal was in danger of losing his voice, and Tony Teegarden was brought in to do the "death grunts", however all the "robotic" vocoder vocals were still done by Masvidal. During the European tour with Pestilence, Tony Teegarden was brought in as a full member of the band, and he played keyboards and did the "death grunts". Bassist Sean Malone could not participate in the tour due to school commitments, and Chris Kringel was brought in to take his place. Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... Sean Reinert is the former drummer of Cynic. ... Death was an influential American death metal band founded in 1983 and dissolved in 1999. ... Human is the fourth album released by Death in 1991. ... Tony Choy is an American bass player. ... Atheist is a progressive death/thrash metal band from Florida, USA, founded in 1984, whose music was technical and sometimes reminiscent of jazz. ... Sean Malone is an American bass guitarist, born in Delran, New Jersey, formerly of Cynic and currently in Gordian Knot. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... Lowest pressure 922 mbar (hPa; 27. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Jason Gobel is an American guitarist. ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... Death grunts, also referred to as death growls, death vocals or harsh vocals[1], is a vocalisation style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal musical genre, but is also occasionally used in a variety of other heavy metal sub-genres. ... A vocoder (name derived from voice encoder, formerly also called voder) is a speech analyzer and synthesizer. ... Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... Pestilence were a death/thrash metal band from the Netherlands founded in 1986. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Death grunts, also referred to as death growls, death vocals or harsh vocals[1], is a vocalisation style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal musical genre, but is also occasionally used in a variety of other heavy metal sub-genres. ... Sean Malone is an American bass guitarist, born in Delran, New Jersey, formerly of Cynic and currently in Gordian Knot. ... Chris Kringel is an American bass guitarist, born in Appleton, Wisconsin, who has performed with Cynic, Æon Spoke and Inda Eaton. ...


Split-up

Cynic disbanded during the fall of 1994 while working on a second album. Death metal vocalist Brian Deneffe was recruited from Wisconsin's Viogression, but this was short-lived. The reason for the permanent split was stated as 'artistic differences' - the inability to agree on which direction to follow - and so the split was amicable. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Ex-members went on their separate ways. Gobel, Masvidal, and Reinert, with bassist Chris Kringel and vocalist/keyboardist Aruna Abrams formed the short-lived Portal. Sean Malone and Sean Reinert performed session work on Aghora's debut CD. Currently Masvidal and Reinert perform in the band Æon Spoke, and Kringel has also played with them, touring the UK in 2005. Aghora is a progressive metal band formed in 1995 by Guitarist Santiago Dobles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The members of Cynic loosely reunited (playing with Bill Bruford, Steve Hackett, and Jim Matheos on various tracks) on Gordian Knot's second album, Emergent. Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... Steve Hackett (born Stephen Richard Hackett on February 12, 1950, in Pimlico, England) is a writer and guitarist. ... Jim Matheos is the lead guitarist for the progressive metal band Fates Warning. ... Gordian Knot was a progressive rock/metal band directed by bass guitarist Sean Malone. ...


Reunion

In September 2006, Paul Masvidal announced that Cynic was reuniting to preform during spring/summer of 2007. During June/July 2007, they played 11 shows across Europe, predominantly at major metal festivals. The setlist consisted of songs from Focus, Portal's demo, a cover of Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Meeting of the Spirits" and a new song, titled "Evolutionary Sleeper". It is unclear as to if there are any plans to continue with the reunion now that all the scheduled shows are over. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ...


The reunion line-up features founding members Paul Masvidal on guitar/vocals and Sean Reinert on drums. Jason Gobel, the long time guitarist who played on Focus could not participate due to family and work commitments. Guitar duties were initially going to be handled by Aghora's Santiago Dobles, but it was agreed he would back out as he could not fully commit to Cynic. Instead, David "Mavis" Senescu was brought aboard. Sean Malone, who handled the bass playing on Focus, is likewise unavailable due to teaching and work commitments, and Chris Kringel, who played bass on the 1993 European tour, was brought in as a replacement. Tony Teegarden, who did the "death grunts" on Focus, as well as keyboards/vocals on the 1993 European tour was brought in to participate. However, on June 15, 2007, it was announced that due to financial reasons, Teegarden would not be joining the band on the road. Another concern was that Teegarden would have very little to do when he was not doing the "death grunts" (meaning 60-70% of the set). All "death grunts" were be handled by pre-recordings of Teegarden (rather than have Masvidal or Senescu do them live). All keyboards were covered by Masvidal and Senescu using guitar synths. Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... Sean Reinert is the former drummer of Cynic. ... Jason Gobel is an American guitarist. ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... This article is about the Hindu God. ... Sean Malone is an American bass guitarist, born in Delran, New Jersey, formerly of Cynic and currently in Gordian Knot. ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... Chris Kringel is an American bass guitarist, born in Appleton, Wisconsin, who has performed with Cynic, Æon Spoke and Inda Eaton. ... Death grunts, also referred to as death growls, death vocals or harsh vocals[1], is a vocalisation style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal musical genre, but is also occasionally used in a variety of other heavy metal sub-genres. ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... Death grunts, also referred to as death growls, death vocals or harsh vocals[1], is a vocalisation style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal musical genre, but is also occasionally used in a variety of other heavy metal sub-genres. ... Death grunts, also referred to as death growls, death vocals or harsh vocals[1], is a vocalisation style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal musical genre, but is also occasionally used in a variety of other heavy metal sub-genres. ...


Musical style

Cynic's first recordings feature a more traditional death metal sound, but in the 1990's, their sound changed toward a highly complex, experimental and extremely technical form of progressive metal, while still retaining their death metal roots. Many influences from jazz and fusion can be heard on their final recording, the album Focus. The vocals on Focus are both "death grunts" and a "robotic" voice, which was achieved by using a vocoder. The band formed by Cynic members after Cynic broke up, Portal, released a demo recording that continues even further in the direction of progressive metal, abandoning the death metal influences alltogether. This article is about the musical genre. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ... Death grunts, also referred to as death growls, death vocals or harsh vocals[1], is a vocalisation style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal musical genre, but is also occasionally used in a variety of other heavy metal sub-genres. ... A vocoder (name derived from voice encoder, formerly also called voder) is a speech analyzer and synthesizer. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... This article is about the musical genre. ...


Line-up

Current members

Paul Masvidal was the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the now disbanded progressive metal band Cynic. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Death was an influential American death metal band founded in 1983 and dissolved in 1999. ... Gordian Knot was a progressive rock/metal band directed by bass guitarist Sean Malone. ... Master is a death metal band formed in Chicago, USA in 1983 as the band Warcry fell apart. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sean Reinert is the former drummer of Cynic. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Hindu God. ... Death was an influential American death metal band founded in 1983 and dissolved in 1999. ... Gordian Knot was a progressive rock/metal band directed by bass guitarist Sean Malone. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Chris Kringel is an American bass guitarist, born in Appleton, Wisconsin, who has performed with Cynic, Æon Spoke and Inda Eaton. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ...

Former members

For Jack Kelly, the triple gold medal winning Olympic rower and father of Grace Kelly and John B. Kelly, Jr. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... Malevolent Creation is a death metal band originally hailing from Buffalo, New York. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tony Choy is an American bass player. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... Atheist is a progressive death/thrash metal band from Florida, USA, founded in 1984, whose music was technical and sometimes reminiscent of jazz. ... Pestilence were a death/thrash metal band from the Netherlands founded in 1986. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Jason Gobel is an American guitarist. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Gordian Knot was a progressive rock/metal band directed by bass guitarist Sean Malone. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sean Malone is an American bass guitarist, born in Delran, New Jersey, formerly of Cynic and currently in Gordian Knot. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... A 10 string Chapman Stick The Chapman Stick is an electric musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s. ... This article is about the Hindu God. ... Gordian Knot was a progressive rock/metal band directed by bass guitarist Sean Malone. ... OSI is an American progressive experimental supergroup formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2003. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Discography

Albums

Focus (1993, see 1993 in music) was the first album and the only official release by the US metal band Cynic. ...

Demos

  • '88 Demo (1988)
  • Reflections of a Dying World (1989)
  • '90 Demo (1990)
  • Demo 1991 (1991)
  • Portal 1995 (1995)

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The very essence of their philosophy was the negation of the graces of social courtesy; it was impossible to "return to nature" in the midst of a society clothed in the accumulated artificiality of evolved convention without shocking the ingrained sensibilities of its members.
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