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

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