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.”

Paul Masvidal (Cynic) Premieres “End Of Days” Video

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has premiered a new video for his song “End Of Days.” This track is featured on his “Vessel” EP. That effort is one of three EPs in his “Mythical Human Vessel” trilogy. Masvidal commented:

“‘End of Days’ video. I felt inspired to film this at a favorite local cemetery, last week. The reality of impermanence is always at the forefront of my mind. George Harrison’s title, ‘All Things Must Pass’, has never been more real to me. May you find the courage to grieve, to love, and to let go. ‘With death the keeper of the riddle.’ – Manly P. Hall”

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Discusses His Medical Communication Tool For Intubated Patients

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has taken to Instagram to discuss the “EZ Board,” a communication tool that him and a former partner invented for intubated patients. He is no longer involved with the company making the device, but he hopes it can be used in more hospitals to help patients as they battle COVID-19.

Masvidal said the following:

“Hello friends,
As some of you may know, I’ve worked as a volunteer with the terminally ill for a long time. I rarely talk about this aspect of my life, since it’s always felt like something I should keep quiet. Well, I’ve had a change of heart now due to the situation we’re all in.
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A couple decades ago, myself and a partner invented a communication device called the ‘EZ Board’ to help intubated patients communicate with hospital staff. We are in a global crisis now during which hundreds of patients are being intubated daily.
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Intubated COVID-19 patients are too weak to write legibly and cannot speak, which leaves them scared, anxious, and often in a state of delirium which can lead to complications and prolonged hospital stays.
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Vidatak, a company I started but am no longer involved with, produces and distributes the EZ Board, and is providing them to hospitals around the world free of charge. However, supplies and funding for shipping are dwindling fast.
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Please help if you can by contributing to the Go Fund Me (link at Vidatak highlight) so they can ramp up production and distribution. I know from years of first hand experience, that the EZ Board makes a difference and helps patients fighting for their lives and the healthcare workers fighting to save them. .
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Thanks for your support and please share.
Check out Vidatak.com for more info. My next post will provide some background on the origins of this device”

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Moon Destroys (Ex-Torche, Etc.) Premiere “Stormbringer” Video

Moon Destroys (ex-Torche, etc.) have premiered a NSFW video for their new song “Stormbringer.” The track, which features guest vocals from Cynic’s Paul Masvidal and synth from The Sword‘s Bryan Richie, will appear on the band’s debut EP “Maiden Voyage“ (out March 27). Juan Montoya commented:

“Now is the time to connect with people, through music, through love. ‘Stormbringer‘ is from my soul. We will weather the storm together.”

Intronaut Recruit Cynic Drummer Matt Lynch For 2020 Touring

Intronaut have recruited Matt Lynch (Cynic, etc.) to handle drumming duties on their 2020 dates. The band issued the following statement:

“Happy to announce that the great @matte_lynch will be drumming for us on the upcoming tour as well as all scheduled dates for 2020 as long as we don’t drive him insane. Many thanks to him for stepping up since [Alex Rüdinger] is busy with Whitechapel.”

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

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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.”