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

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