Cynic Tease New Tracks “Sha48*” & “6th Dimensional Archetype”

Cynic have shared some previews of their new songs “Sha48*” and “6th Dimensional Archetype.” The full tracks will appear on the band’s new album “Ascension Codes,“ which is set to be released on November 26. Paul Masvidal commented:

“Here’s a preview of ‘6th Dimensional Archetype‘ from our new album ‘Ascension Codes‘—featuring artwork by Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffman. This album and its forthcoming film immerse us in the Starseed’s journey.”

Cynic To Release New Album “Ascension Codes” In November, Premiere New Song “Mythical Serpents”

Cynic will be releasing a new album, titled “Ascension Codes,” on November 25. You can find the cover art and tack listing for that effort below:

“Ascension Codes” Track Listing:

01. “Mu-54*”
02. “The Winged Ones”
03. “A’-va432”
04. “Elements And Their Inhabitants”
05. “Ha-144”
06. “Mythical Serpents”
07. “Sha48*8. 6th Dimensional Archetype”
09. “DNA Activation Template”
10. “Shar-216”
11. “Architects Of Consciousness”
12. “DA’z-a86.4”
13. “Aurora”
14. “DU-*61.714285…”
15. “In A Multiverse Where Atoms Sing”
16. “A’jha108”
17. “Diamond Light Body”
18. “Ec-ka72”

“Ascension Codes” was recorded with bass synthesizer parts from keyboardist Dave Mackay. Frontman Paul Masvidal said the following about that:

“He’s got a vast jazz harmonic vocabulary, which is what’s needed in the context of Cynic‘s music, especially for bass lines. I knew that I could never replace [Sean] Malone. Anyone I would find would be expected to play like him, and that’s not fair to another musician. And things were too fresh for me with the loss of Malone, so I had to go somewhere new.

With Mackay, I heard his groovy left-hand approach, and how musical he was across the board having played with a variety of musicians and styles. I realized he would bring something fresh to the table, and he provided a space for me to start again with a completely different instrument and forgo any traditional ideas I had about what Cynic bass lines should sound like.”

The record’s first single, “Mythical Serpents,” can be found below. Masvidal added the following about that:

“I invite you to sit back, close your eyes, and listen to ‘Mythical Serpents‘ as a fully realized piece of music. No phones or screens necessary, just the power of sound communicating directly into the ears of your heart. In the coming weeks, Cynic will be revealing further details on the constellation that is ‘Ascension Codes‘, including a ‘Mythical Serpents‘ animated video, featuring the artwork of Martina Hoffmann & Robert Venosa. Stay tuned.”

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Reveals Sean Malone’s Cause Of Death, Shares Previously Unreleased Version Of “Integral” In Honor Of The Late Bassist

Cynic guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal has shared a new tribute for his late bandmate Sean Malone, who passed away in December 2020. In the heartfelt message, he also confirmed that the bassist died of suicide.

Masvidal said the following:

“Since my friend and Cynic bandmate Sean Malone‘s passing in late 2020, many people have publicly speculated about, and privately reached out to me regarding, the circumstances of his death. I have kept my silence as I have worked through my grief and out of respect for Malone‘s privacy. Questions and rumors have persisted, so I want to share what I can with the many fans whose lives he touched so deeply and who are seeking closure.

On December 7, 2020, Malone was found dead by suicide in Largo, Florida, where his mother had lived. She had been ailing for some time before her death in 2018; Malone had been her sole caregiver during her difficult final year. Then, in January 2020, we suddenly lost our bandmate Sean Reinert. Combined with his mother’s loss, it was an emotional double whammy that hit Malone hard.

After his mother’s death, we spoke often, having long chats about grief, loss, and the future of Cynic. I urged Sean to move out to California and live with me so he could get back on his feet and start fresh, and he did. I noticed a newfound vigor in Malone I hadn’t seen before.

He was excited to be in the world again, we were working on new music, and he even began teaching bass privately. Then came the pandemic. Everything shut down and so did Malone. His pain and suffering re-emerged and his light began to dim.

Matters took an unexpected turn. Late one early summer night, he disappeared. I called him, left messages, texted, emailed, contacted missing persons and everyone we had in common, but no one had heard anything. There was no response. He quit the world. My hope that he was regrouping in private and would turn up safely turned to heartache on December 7th.

As I share this sad news about his death, I want to celebrate his life by sharing one of his most beautiful and lyrical moments ever recorded, and one which his fans have not yet heard. A few years after the release of Cynic‘s ‘Re-Traced‘ EP, Sean Malone recorded fretless bass on this solo guitar and vocal track titled “Integral.” Here’s a video celebrating his playing, and a full transcription in his honor along with the song file for download.

I am grateful to be able to share this video with you now, and I will share details about new music in the coming weeks. Please celebrate the genius and transcendent talent that was Sean Malone. Read more about his fascinating life, unique passions and accomplishments at his Wikipedia page.

As an act of support, and in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I invite you to donate as you wish for the “Integral” song download which comes with a guitar/bass transcription of the song and an instrumental (no bass mix) for fellow musicians to play along with. 50 percent of proceeds will be shared with suicide prevention organizations To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), and The Trevor Project. The remaining will go towards funding a documentary about the lives and artistry of Malone and Reinert.

With love and courage, Paul Masvidal“

You can check out the above mentioned version of “Integral” below and purchase it HERE.

Cynic Still Planning To Release New Album This Year

Late last year, Paul Masvidal said that Cynic were planning to release a new album in 2021 and now it looks like that is still the case. Masvidal recently shared a photo of himself with Warren Riker along with the following caption:

“Introducing Warren Riker, brother from an 👽 mother / mixing wizard behind Traced In Air and a Cynic album coming later this year… 🍃🛸”

Cynic To Release New Album In 2021, Planning Virtual Memorial For Sean Reinert And Sean Malone

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has revealed that the band are planning to release a new album in 2021. On top of that, the group are also planning a virtual memorial for ex-drummer Sean Reinert and bassist Sean Malone, who both passed away this year.

Masvidal said the following:

“Having lived through the loss of my two Cynic lifelong musical bandmates/friends in 2020, I’ve become intimate with the energy of grief. One thing in particular is experientially clear to me now:

We are all living in a kaleidoscopic process of change. A constant flow.

Sometimes we shift a little, and blue is dominant, we shift again and pink is dominant. Our identities are like that. There is no free standing self. We are a flow of awareness that rests on the body. We are awareness itself.

When I first heard the news about Malone‘s death earlier this month, I went from being actively engaged in a creative process to feeling like I was suddenly up to my neck in quicksand. I was unable to play my guitar for weeks, and found myself expending whatever energy I had cleaning and organizing my home. Grief is the most powerful experience; it wipes everything else away.

Thank you for the support and comfort I’ve received. I’m reminded through your messages, that we’re all in this together and that the Cynic family has endured through a lifetime of kaleidoscopic change. A new record will see the light of day in the new year, along with a plan to organize a virtual musical memorial/celebration of Malone and Reinert.

I know this has been a turbulent year for everyone. Loving and kind New Years wishes to you all. May you have peace of mind, freedom from fear, may you have everything you need; love, shelter, food, and good health.”

Cynic Bassist Sean Malone Passes Away

Cynic bassist Sean Malone has passed away at the age of 50. His bandmate Paul Masvidal confirmed the sad news with the below statement:

“I learned today that Sean Malone has died. I am numb and grief stricken. He had a brilliant mind, a gracious heart and was one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever encountered. I know that this is a shocking loss for so many fans whose lives he touched with his artistry, as it is for me. Please keep him in your thoughts and listen to his playing to celebrate his life.”

The Late Sean Reinert’s (Ex-Death/Cynic) Organ Donor Request Was Denied Due To His Sexual Orientation

As previously reported, Sean Reinert (ex-Death/Cynic) sadly passed away last month at the age of 48. The drummer was an organ donor, but his widower Tom Snyder has since revealed that his request was denied due to his sexual orientation.

Snyder issued the following statement:

“My husband Sean was an organ donor. He believed that when he passed on if his organs could go to someone in need that it would be a great thing. He was incredibly kind and giving in every way imaginable as many of his closest friends are well aware.

After I got home from the hospital the night Sean passed I received a phone call about 1 in the morning. It was from a person who works with the organ donor program at the hospital where Sean passed. They notified me that Sean was identified as an organ donor in their database and wanted to ask me some questions about him to proceed. I could not deal with the stress of this at the time and asked if I could wait to talk to them the next morning and they said although time was of the essence that would be fine as there’s a 24 hour window to harvest organs.

The next morning when Seans sister Patti arrived from Miami I explained the situation to her and we agreed that if Sean wanted his organs donated that we would honor his wishes. I called the organ donation people back and said I was ready to proceed. The lady on the phone said that was great and began the questionnaire. After the first few standard questions she asked if Sean was a sexually active homosexual male. Without thinking I said “yes” and almost without missing a beat she said “well, unfortunately that means….” and I went numb because I knew what she was about to say. She said a few more words and then I interrupted her, said some words back and hung up the phone.

Sean did not have HIV, or any other STD’s for that matter. But because he was a gay man living in America in 2020 he was not allowed one of his final wishes of donating his organs to help save another persons life. The government would rather let people waiting for a transplant die than give them one of Seans organs. As his husband it makes me sick to my stomach and incredibly angry.

-Tom

EDIT: Quick comment for those of you looking up organ donation websites and thinking something went wrong here. The specific guidelines are for men who have had male to male sexual contact in the last 12 months. It’s regulated by the FDA and those guidelines are still in place. So while websites may say it’s a ‘myth’ that LGBTQ+ people can’t donate, that is not true of sexually active men. – Tom

https://www.federalregister.gov

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Pays Tribute To Sean Reinert: “His Gifts Were Beyond Measure”

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has paid tribute to his former bandmate Sean Reinert, who sadly passed away on Friday (January 24) at the age of 48. He said the following:

“I am shocked and saddened by the loss of one of my oldest friends. We were karmic brothers, connected by something beyond both of us. So many memories have been flooding my heart and mind. From the moment I first met Sean in junior high school, I knew we had a connection. His gifts were beyond measure, and I’m grateful that we were able to make music together. In the end, all that remains is love, and that’s what I have for Sean. There will never be another one like him. Peace to his family and all of his fans around the world. Listen to Sean play his drums and hear his heart sing.”