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.”

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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
Thanks for your support and please share.
Check out for more info. My next post will provide some background on the origins of this device”

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Here’s a little background on the ‘EZ Board’

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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.”

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.”

Paul Masvidal (Cynic) Premieres “Hand To Mouth” Music Video

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has premiered a new video for his new song “Hand To Mouth.” This track is from his new EP “Human,“ which was released today (October 4). That effort is the second part of a trilogy of EPs, which started with “Mythical” in May. The third part, “Vessel,“ will be released at a later date.

Paul Masvidal (Cynic) Premieres New Song “Hand To Mouth”

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has shared a new song titled “Hand To Mouth.” This track is from his new EP “Human,“ which will be released on October 4. That effort is the second part of a trilogy of EPs, which started with “Mythical” in May. The third part, “Vessel,“ will be released at a later date. Masvidal said the following about the new song:

“Here’s a first single titled ‘Hand to Mouth’ from ‘Human’ of the Mythical Human Vessel trilogy. The song is about suddenly realizing that my own breath is all I have when feeling annihilated by life’s circumstances.”

Paul Masvidal (Cynic) Premieres “Nebula” Video

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has premiered a new video for his song “Nebula.” This track is from his latest EP “Mythical.“ That effort is the first part of a trilogy of EPs. The second and third parts, “Human” and “Vessel,“ will be released at a later date. Masvidal said the following about “Nebula”:

“Songwriting is a nebulous and mysterious thing, kinda like being alive. And so I leave you with this experience of the song as a viewer, listening in the dark.”

[via Heavy Consequence]

Paul Masvidal Offers Update On New Cynic Album

During a recent appearance on the The MetalSucks Podcast, Paul Masvidal offered an update on the new Cynic album. He said “before the end of the year or early next year, [the band] will have a record delivered.”

Masvidal had the following to say about Cynic’s current state:

“…Cynic has been an ongoing thing in the background. I know we haven’t had a lot of online presence, it’s been pretty low key and quiet. There’s a lot of reasons for that, which at some point maybe I will publicly explain, but at this point, [bassist Sean] Malone and I are communicating regularly and swapping files.

We have the workings of a new record that are there, and we’re working with [drummer] Matt Lynch out of Atlanta, and at some point in the next I don’t even know when, before the end of the year or early next year, we will have a record delivered and kind of be on that train promoting the new Cynic work. Again, Cynic has never been a band to rush things and can somewhat argue to a fault but we’ve never been interested in producing things in that way.”

“It’s more about just being organic about our process and letting things naturally develop, and coming back to it in an authentic and genuine way versus in an obligatory way. Too many of my friends from early have found themselves in a situation where they could have a career as working musicians and ended up in a cycle of work versus inspired work.

I’ve always been afraid of that, not wanting to get into that place where I’m feeling like I have to be in a cycle versus producing real art that holds up and will stand up over time. ‘I truly have something to say’ versus just pumping things out.

It’s easy for me at least to write songs because it’s something I do every day, or nearly every day, but writing and composing isn’t the hard part, it’s really finding the entire thing and ‘what are you trying to say? What is this? What does it mean?’ and not getting too carried away with all that, because that can slow you down as well.

It’s really a fine line between trying to produce art that has some meaning and substance and holds up. Those are kind of the governing principles of this Cynic project. It’s ruled by that versus the machine of business.”

On another note, Masvidal released the first EP in his solo trilogy last month.