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

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