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Another product of the prolific Florida death metal scene, Cynic distinguished themselves for their unique experiments in combining technically proficient death metal with progressive rock touches, bordering at times on jazz fusion. Cynic was formed in 1987 by vocalist/guitarist Paul Masvidal, guitarist Jason Gobel, bassist Mark Van Erp, and drummer Sean Reinert. With the arrival of bassist Tony Choy, the band began recording their first demos, which, for the most part, contained the prevalent death metal/thrash tendencies typical of the Florida scene. Then, in 1991, the band went on temporary hiatus while Masvidal and Reinert performed on Death's Human album and Choy departed to join Atheist. A year later, they reconvened with new bassist Sean Malone and signed with Roadrunner records, who described them as "the most famous underground band yet to record an album." This they finally did with 1993's classic Focus, a groundbreaking release in the field of progressive thrash. Besides the band's unquestionable technical prowess, the album also displayed their awesome talent for improvisation and inventive songwriting. Singer Tony Teengarden (who had contributed some vocals to the album) was brought on board for a European tour with Pestilence, but this was cut short when the latter broke up. Cynic, too, would decide to go their separate ways shortly after returning home to Florida. The band eventually reunited in 2006, announcing a handful of tour dates and, eventually, a new album. Fifteen years after the release of their debut, the band delivered their long-awaited sophomore effort, Traced in Air, in 2008, an album that found the band moving away from death metal towards a more traditionally progressive sound. Two EPs, Re-Traced and Carbon Based Anatomy, arrived in 2010, and their third full-length effort, Kindly Bent to Free Us, followed in 2014. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1.   Song
  2.   The Lion's Roar
  3.   Kindly Bent to Free Us
  4.   Veil of Maya
  5.   Endlessly Bountiful
  6.   Integral Birth
  7.   Road To You
  8.   Circle
  9.   Wheels Within Wheels
  10.   The Space For This
  11.   Celestial Voyage
  12.   Moon Heart Sun Head
  13.   Infinite Shapes
  14.   True Hallucination Speak
  15.   Belong
  16.   Mirror Child
  17.   Crawl Above
  18.   Hieroglyph
  19.   Box Up My Bones
  20.   Bija!
  21.   Integral
  22.   Evolutionary
  23.   The Unknown Guest
  24.   King Of Those Who Know
  25.   Endless Endeavors
  26.   Cosmos
  27.   The Eagle Nature
  28.   Sentiment
  29.   Uroboric Forms
  30.   Textures
  31.   How Could I
  32.   Nunc Stans
  33.   Adam's Murmur
  34.   I'm But a Wave To...
  35.   Karma's Plight
  36.   Gitanjali
  37.   Space
  38.   Not the Same
  39.   Evolutionary Sleeper
  40.   The Circle's Gone
  41.   Nunc Fluens
  42.   Costumed In Grace
  43.   Carbon-Based Anatomy
  44.   Elves Beam Out
  45.   King
  46.   Amidst the Coals
  47.   Holy Fallout
  48.   The Uknoown Guest

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