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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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Cynic

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    Progressive Rock
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Albums by
Cynic

Top Songs by
Cynic

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Kindly Bent to Free Us
  3.   The Lion's Roar
  4.   Veil of Maya
  5.   Gitanjali
  6.   Celestial Voyage
  7.   Moon Heart Sun Head
  8.   Evolutionary Sleeper
  9.   Karma's Plight
  10.   I'm But a Wave To...
  11.   Endlessly Bountiful
  12.   True Hallucination Speak
  13.   The Space For This
  14.   Wheels Within Wheels
  15.   Uroboric Forms
  16.   Costumed In Grace
  17.   Circle
  18.   Integral
  19.   Evolutionary
  20.   Nunc Stans
  21.   Nunc Fluens
  22.   King Of Those Who Know
  23.   Integral Birth
  24.   Cosmos
  25.   Adam's Murmur
  26.   Sentiment
  27.   Infinite Shapes
  28.   The Unknown Guest
  29.   How Could I
  30.   The Circle's Gone
  31.   King
  32.   Box Up My Bones
  33.   Not the Same
  34.   Carbon-Based Anatomy
  35.   Elves Beam Out
  36.   Crawl Above
  37.   Textures
  38.   Space
  39.   Holy Fallout
  40.   Amidst the Coals
  41.   Road To You
  42.   Hieroglyph
  43.   Bija!
  44.   The Eagle Nature
  45.   Mirror Child
  46.   Endless Endeavors
  47.   Belong
  48.   The Uknoown Guest

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