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

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