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Latest news: Tue, Mar 25 2014, CYNIC

Latest release: "Kindly Bent To Free Us"

Release date: Fri, Feb 14 2014, US Tue, Feb 18 2014

Progressive rock innovators CYNIC (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone) have announced a Soundrop chat session with Paul Masvidal on Wednesday, March 26th at 6 pm EST/ 3 pm PST. The musician will discuss their recently released new album 'Kindly Bent to Free Us' as well as future CYNIC plans. The chat session can be found here.

In addition to the Soundrop session, CYNIC recently announced two North American Festival dates. The first date will see the band perform in Los Angeles, CA as part of "United We Stand Festival" on May 10th. Following their stateside appearance, CYNIC will then trek to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of Heavy Montreal festival in early August. Tour dates and more information about these festivals can be found below.

'Kindly Bent To Free Us', which has been called " album that transcends all the limitations of genre and era, and in the end will come to represent what you want it to be, nothing more, nothing less. There are few albums which can claim such a remarkable hold." (Prog Magazine UK) and “ album that, while most definitely in the realm of prog rock, has the kind of open, unpretentious air that makes Rush such an easy-to-love band.” (AllMusic), was released on February 18th (Feb. 14th worldwide). The album is available in various formats on the Season of Mist e-shop, and digitally here.



  1. True Hallucination Speak
  2. The Lion’s Roar
  3. Kindly Bent to Free Us
  4. Infinite Shapes
  5. Moon Heart Sun Head
  6. Gitanjali
  7. Holy Fallout
  8. Endlessly Bountiful

"CYNIC should be understood not so much alongside any metal bands, but along with such radical harmonic progressives in the last 45 years of pop and jazz as Milton Nascimento, the Beach Boys or Pat Metheny." - Ben Ratcliffe - The New York Times

"Cynic have returned with an elemental power. They are defying gravity at every turn with music that seems lighter than air." -

CYNIC tour dates:
5/10 Los Angeles, CA @ United We Stand Festival (For more information and tickets, please click here)
8/8-10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal (For more information and tickets, please click here)



CYNIC finally return with their long awaited second full length since their 2007 reunion. "Kindly Bent to Free Us" is at the same time a natural continuation of best-selling album "Traced in Air" (2008) as well as a collection of new ideas incorporating new elements distilled from their musical experiments conducted on the two EPs "Re-Traced" (2010) and "Carbon-Based Anatomy" (2011). Instead of simply repeating their successful formula, CYNIC dare to expand their horizon into even more complex soundscapes that demand careful and intense study before revealing their full astonishing beauty. All the trademarks that gained the American progressive pioneers their cult status are still there: forward-thinking riffing fused with the rhythmical intricacy of Jazz and the melodic complexity of Progressive Rock. The alchemy of frontman Paul Masvidal and rhythmaniacs Sean Reinert and Sean Malone should equally appeal to CYNIC enthusiasts as well as connoisseurs of PORCUPINE TREE, OPETH, THE PINEAPPLE THIEF, KATATONIA, and ULVER. CYNIC was formed in 1987 during the burgeoning rise of Death Metal in Miami, Florida before relocating to Los Angeles, California. The impressive technical abilities of the band's founding members even led to Paul and Sean Reinert being recruited by Chuck Schuldiner of DEATH and led to the inception of the 1991 landmark album "Human". With their first full-length "Focus" (1993) CYNIC created another milestone of Progressive Metal, but disbanded the next year to explore different musical paths. Now these leaders of their genre offer you "Kindly Bent to Free Us". Listen well!


Name Instrument
Paul Masvidal Vocals, Guitars
Sean Reinert Drums, Percussion, Keyboards
Sean Malone Bass (Album)
Max Phelps Guitar / Vocals (live)
Brandon Giffin Bass (live)

Releases Season of Mist


Kindly Bent To Free Us

General information
: Fri, Feb 14 2014
: Tue, Feb 18 2014
: Progressive Rock
: SOM300
: actif


The Portal Tapes

General information
: Fri, Mar 23 2012
: Tue, Mar 27 2012
: Atmospheric Prog
: SOM257
: available


Carbon-Based Anatomy

General information
: Fri, Nov 11 2011
: Tue, Nov 15 2011
: Progressive Rock
: SOM236
: available



General information
: Mon, May 17 2010
: Tue, May 18 2010
: Progressive Rock
: SOM216
: available


Traced in Air

General information
: Mon, Nov 17 2008
: Progressive Metal
: SOM182
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Sat, May 10 2014 US Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion United We Stand Festival
Sun, Jun 29 2014 BE Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting
Thu, Oct 09 2014 CA Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal Heavy Montreal
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