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.

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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)

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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.”

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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:

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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.

Sean Reinert Says Cynic Have Disbanded/Paul Masvidal Disputes Claims

Sean Reinert recently made a post claiming Cynic have disbanded because of “artistic and personal differences.” Paul Masvidal has since responded saying that the band will continue on.

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Here is Reinert’s full statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that I post today’s CYNIC news. CYNIC is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘BOOK OF CYNIC’ has come to an end.

I will say the last shows we played in JAPAN have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that CYNIC can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.

I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with CYNIC.

This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we’re doing individually.

I wish all of you love & peace.

–Sean“

Masvidal said the following:

“Dear fans and friends, this is all news to me. I just landed from Japan and my inbox was exploding. Sean didn’t confer with myself or Malone about Cynic‘s official breakup or the tour being cancelled. I’m honestly somewhat relieved it’s finally over since it’s been quite challenging over the years but I’m also trying to figure out how to possibly salvage this tour (with a new drummer) since the damage he’s causing by pulling out at this last minute is inconceivable for me at the moment. Please share this message with friends or fans as Sean has taken me off our FB page so I can’t access it at the moment. Love to you all. I apologize for the drama…but sometimes life gets messy.
P.S. Cynic will continue one way or another.”

UPDATE: Reinert has since fired back at Masvidal:

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“Instead of playing into the “tit for tat” game of trying to defend any accusations of unscrupulous behavior on my part, with regards to the split of Cynic (Paul and I: Two people, Not three) would be childish. But he’s caught in a lie below saying he can’t post and I took over the page which is obviously not true. I’ll leave it at that. I can’t physically stop Paul from playing Cynic‘s music with other musicians, but it won’t be Cynic, merely Paul playing Cynic songs with hired guns, which as stated he’s wanted for a while. This isn’t the way I wanted things to work out.
–Sean”

“I would just like to add one small thing and then just let the dust settle. When you are in a bad marriage you just get divorced…. you don’t ask your spouse “is it ok if we get a divorce, I’m not happy and this isn’t working”? No you JUST DO IT. How this could “come as news to me” and in the same paragraph say “things have been quite challenging over the years”. Seems like it’s been a possibility for years then doesn’t it? Would you stay in an abusive relationship business or otherwise?”