Watch New Cynic Drummer Matt Lynch Playthrough “Humanoid”

A playthrough video for Cynic’s “Humanoid” featuring new drummer Matt Lynch is now available. You can check that out below:


Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Shares “Humanoid” Playthrough Video

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has shared a playthrough video for the band’s track “Humanoid.” He had the following to say about that:

“Playing ‘Humanoid’ is a celebration of aliveness!”

Cynic Premiere New Song “Humanoid”

Cynic have premiered a new song titled “Humanoid.” The track, which was mixed by Adam “Nolly” Getgood (ex-Periphery), is available in digital outlets now. This news comes after frontman Paul Masvidal and former drummer Sean Reinert reached a settlement, allowing for Masvidal to use the Cynic name. The band’s current lineup features Masvidal, along with bassist Sean Malone and new drummer Matt Lynch.

Masvidal commented:

“‘Humanoid‘ is a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter. We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It’s quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else.”

In other news, Masivdal has also released a new signature guitar, called the Masvidalien Cosmo, via Strandberg.

Settlement Reached Over Use Of Cynic Name

Cynic frontman Paul Masvidal and former drummer Sean Reinert have officially reached a settlement, allowing for Masvidal to use the Cynic name. Reinert revealed the news in the below Instagram post, which also officially confirms his departure.

Today I post with a heavy heart, but also a lightened spirit. A settlement has been reached between Paul and I in regards to CYNIC. I am unable to disclose any of the details regarding this agreement but I am at peace with the arrangement. I am going to step aside from CYNIC and continue with my personal projects – Paul is going to continue with CYNIC and his. I want to take this official “CYNIC-SIGN OFF” post as an opportunity to humbly thank all of the musicians, engineers, technicians, companies, booking agents, managers, crew, press, labels, lawyers and friends that I've worked with (and will likely continue to) over this past 30-year span. Most of all – I would like to thank the fans, who to this day still blow me away with their loyalty and love. You've always been the inspiration and the fuel for the machine! To Paul, I sincerely wish him and the musicians he hires nothing but the best. Love, Sean ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ #seanreinert #cynic #endofanera #thenewnew #newbeginnings #30yearsgoneby #boundless

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Cynic To Release “Uroboric Forms – The Complete Demo Collection” In February

Cynic will be releasing a new compilation of early demos titled “Uroboric Forms – The Complete Demo Collection.” The release, which features tracks “Demo 1988,” “Refections Of A Dying World” (1989), “Demo 1990,” and “Demo 1991,” will be available on CD and on black and limited edition colored vinyl. It will also come with two previously unreleased tracks titled “Uroboric Forms” and “The Eagle Nature,“ an in-depth interview with Paul Masvidal, pictures, and more. All songs were remastered by Patrick W. Engel.


Track Listing:

01, “Uroboric Forms”
02. “The Eagle Nature”
03. “Pleading For Preservation”
04. “Lifeless Irony”
05. “Thinking Being”
06. “Cruel Gentility”
07. “Denaturalizing Leaders”
08. “Extremes”
09. “A Life Astray”
10. “Agitating Affliction”
11. “Once Misguided”
12. “Weak Reasoning ”
13. “Dwellers Of The Threshold”
14. “Uroboric Forms”
15. “The Eagle Nature”

Tracks 1-3 taken from “Demo 1991”
Tracks 4-6 taken from “Demo 1990”
Tracks 7-10 taken from “Reflections Of A Dying World”
Tracks 11-13 taken from “Demo 1989”
Tracks 14-15 are previously unreleased, vocal audition with Brian DeNeffe (Viogression)

Cynic To Perform At Euroblast Festival

Despite their apparent break-up, Cynic have announced that they will be playing this year’s Euroblast Festival, in Cologne, Germany. Sean Reinert will not be performing, leaving Matt Lynch (Trioscapes) to take his place. The band issued the following statement:

“The remaining members of Cynic will headline Euroblast on October 3rd as scheduled. Many thanks to the fans, promoters, agents and others, working on behalf of the band to make this show happen. It is the only show that was salvageable from Cynic’s European tour, cancelled without the band’s consensus by a single member last week.”


In other news, Paul Masvidal has also issued a personal statement about the band’s performance:

“Hey friends, thank you for being there for me and Cynic. We worked really hard to turn things around with this European tour but it wasn’t possible despite efforts from many people. I know many of you have gone through considerable costs to attend our shows and I’m so deeply sorry for the inconvenience, expense and whatever trouble it may have caused you. I want you to know that we will make it up to you, somehow, someway.

I’m so grateful for this opportunity for Cynic to headline Euroblast as scheduled. It was the only show of the tour that we were able to do. Sean Malone and I will be there with drummer Matt Lynch of Trioscapes. Cynic‘s spaceship is preparing for liftoff! Please keep your eyes on the skies. Your transmissions of positive vibes help keep us afloat.

Thank you, love Paul“

Sean Reinert Opens Up About Recent Cynic Drama

In a new interview with Metal Injection, Sean Reinert discussed Cynic’s apparent break-up. You can read some excerpts from that below:


Here’s what he said about leaving Cynic:

“Pretty much when the musical preparation and performances were not up to par. I am able to put personal issues aside from the music, but when music suffers; it’s time to call it”

Here’s what he said about Paul Masvidal‘s performances:

“That was just the icing. There has been quite a bit of tension for several years. I had gotten into a pattern of being passive on the business end and when things got bad I turned to alcohol. It was a bad cycle. Now that I’ve been out of that cloud for almost a year I’m seeing and feeling the damage. I’m to blame for letting that happen, but I don’t have to continue under those circumstances any longer now that I can see how toxic our relationship had become. And yes we had discussed his lack of practice even back to last summer’s US tour.”

Here’s what he said about Masvidal continuing with Cynic’s name:

“He would have to perform under a different name or get a signed agreement with me in order to legally use it. At the moment there is no such agreement. I am not claiming it, therefore he cannot. Cynic just plainly ceases to exist at this point, as an active band. Obviously, the catalog will remain.”

He ended by saying he “can’t imagine a circumstance,” where he would work with Masvidal again. Head to Metal Injection to read the full interview.