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(1980 – present)

There are three artists called Cynic.

1. Formed in Florida, United States in 1987, Cynic is a band that recorded a few demos before moving to a highly complex form of influenced / , manifested in their seminal album, 1993’s Focus, which for over a decade was the band’s only official release.

Cynic disbanded in 1994 due to artistic differences while working on their second album, but regrouped in 2007 to perform a series of shows. The reunion was successful, with the group also performing a new song, entitled Evolutionary Sleeper, a composition in the unique style of Focus. This was a harbinger of things to come, as the group recorded two additional tracks, Integral Birth and Adam’s Murmur and then signed a contract with Season of Mist for two albums. Their second album, Traced in Air, was released on November 17, 2008 in Europe and November 25, 2008 in North America.

They released Re-Traced, a collection of re-workings of songs off Traced in Air, in 2010. This album features a different style that has been described as “space science fiction prog-folk”. The album also includes the new track Wheels Within Wheels, which Cynic felt fit better on this album than Traced in Air.


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  • nlventura93

    Kindly Bent to Free Us is a really good album. It took me a while but I think I finally can appreciate their newer material despite how different it is from Focus.

    12 Jul 1:29pm Reply
  • Pilsvogell

    @tfaaon i was at the Graspop show as well! Lots of technical difficulties but the songs they did get to play were awesome, Carbon-Based Anatomy felt like a out of body experience. Amazing

    2 Jul 6:44pm Reply
  • tfaaon

    the Graspop gig with Sean Malone was incredible. Too bad technical issues shortened the show ! They premiered Lion's Roar live there, the song is pretty cool live.

    2 Jul 9:54am Reply
  • DemetriDyslexik

    Congrats for these guys coming out, Its a shame it took them so long though. But I dont blame them, this country let alone the world is still filled with assholes who thrive on meaningless discrimnation

    1 Jul 11:33pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    And now we just wait another 1000000 years until the next LP comes out

    28 Jun 10:49pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    If you write "after" instead of "before", you're either an [place cheap swear word here] or a [place sanctimonious swear word here]

    28 Jun 8:56am Reply
  • eternal_absence

    If you put a comma after an "and", you're either an asshole or a prude

    27 Jun 7:32pm Reply
  • MathianSim

    If you liked Cynic before they came out, and now dislike them, then you're either an asshole or an imbecile.

    27 Jun 2:19pm Reply
  • ACHennessey

    Applauding their bravery in this neanderthal metal community [4]

    26 Jun 8:44pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    i don't think anyone asked for that

    20 Jun 8:24pm Reply
  • Matara

    Verted, Croatian progressive death metal free download EP on

    17 Jun 8:44pm Reply
  • vitorsilighini

    Applauding their bravery in this neanderthal metal community [3]

    12 Jun 7:11pm Reply
  • neeyick

    just shut up and listen to the damn music

    10 Jun 10:32pm Reply
  • tfaaon

    Isn't internet beautiful ? I just found the last Cynic concert before they broke up in 1994, with Sean Malone on basse and Dara Cosley on growls. (yeah even on that, Cynic was avantgarde) You can hear the band at it's finest, with a flawless interpretation. The very cold reception of Focus killed the band back then. for a moment. The genius dude who uploaded this aslo put the first Cynic demos on free downlad in flac format. Isn't it fucking great ??

    30 May 11:28pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    one thing I can't get around is how "pretentiously bad" the vocals on this album are. whatever happened to the awesome vocoder/growls combo?

    28 May 7:09pm Reply
  • illussive

    who gives a shit?

    28 May 10:50am Reply
  • mahahkambaha

    ↓ Шон и Пол может быть и гей, но это вы Пидорасы ебанутые

    27 May 3:37am Reply
  • HarryDkramer

    Gay jazz, not metal. (2)

    25 May 8:17pm Reply
  • Bastard___

    Ссанина для петухов

    25 May 1:26pm Reply
  • Crabstickseater

    Gay jazz, not metal.

    24 May 9:49pm Reply
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