Cynic to Release a New Album and Virtual Memorial to Late Members in 2021

Cynic frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal has shared a new post to social media reflecting on the difficult year which saw the passing of his comrades and musical partners Sean Reinertand Sean Malone. Cynic will release a new album in 2021 and also pay tribute to Reinert and Malone with a virtual event. Cynic’s last new music was the 2018 single “Humanoid.”

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Sean Malone, Legendary Bassist of Cynic and Gordian Knot, Has Died, Age 50

Terrible news in the world of music as bassist Sean Malone, best known to metal fans for his time in Cynic, and other contributions to progressive music and Jazz, has died. He was just 50 years old. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. The news was shared by Cynic leader Paul Masvidal on Facebook in a message: “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,” Paul added. “Please keep him in your thoughts and listen to his playing to celebrate his life.” In addition to playing on the critical Cynic albums Focus and their comeback Traced in Air, Sean was in several Cynic side projects, his own prog band Gordian Knot and wrote a series of incredible books on bass guitar for publisher Hal Leonard. Several artists also took to social media to share memories of Sean and grieve the loss. Malone’s death follows the passing of bandmate Sean Reinert, who died in 2020 at 48 years old. We send our sympathies out to his family, friends, and fans. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Dialogia – “Stratagem”

Maryland Metal power trio Dialogia has returned with a new single, premiering at Ghost Cult! “Strata their second single, following the recent new track “Metalurgia”. Their debut full-length Nostrum releases this fall, and pre-orders can be found at their Bandcamp at the link below! Jam it out right now!

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Sean Reinert, Legendary Death Metal Drummer (Death, Cynic, Aeon Spoke) has Died, Age 48

UPDATED: 2020 continues to give us grief and loss of great drummers. News has broken that Sean Reinert, world-class Death Metal and Progressive Metal drumming legend, has died. Nd He was just 48 years old. Blabbermouth.net has reported that “he was apparently found unresponsive at his California home Friday night (January 24).” No cause of death has yet been revealed. He was only 48 years old.No further information has been given at this time. Sean’s lifelong friend Kelly Schaeffer of Athiest spread the news in a social media post. Reinert came to fame in bands such as Death and Cynic (a member until 2019), playing on genre classics such asDeath’s Inhuman, and Cynic’s Focus, Traced In Air and more. He also featured in Gordian Knot, and Aeon Spoke. Sean also participated in the Death To Alltribute band and tours, celebrate all the eras of the music of Death. Just a few months ago, Reinert’s drumming was the basis for a new series of drum samples from Toon Track, based on his work in Death. We send out condolences to Sean’s family, friends and fans at this time. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race

 

Chalk it up to me partaking more in the reefer these days and revisiting professional wrestling as a hobby again, but I feel like I took a chair shot to the back of the skull. Why am I feeling discombobulated? Have you tried listening to Blood Incantation‘s Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent)? No? Then why don’t you go to your nearest highway and attempt to run across during rush hour traffic? Best of luck.Continue reading

Lice – Woe Betide You

Brazilian avant-garde Black Metal act Lice probably thinks its name evokes horror, decay, and disease. For me, it mainly brings back memories of my childhood, as I had bottle after bottle of insecticide poured over my head because my leprous sibling had picked up yet another infestation from his dirtbag mates, and we all had to be deloused again. But I digress. Continue reading

The Punk Rock MBA Examines “What Killed Death Metal?”

Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

If you don’t follow The Punk Rock MBA, the YouTube channel run by music and marketing expert Finn McKenty, you are missing out! We are huge fans of his! His videos explore all of your favorite genres of music, their rise and sometimes fall. He uses the “what killed____” tag to get people interested, but clearly, he means in a commercial cultural way, not the death or a genre, as in the case of death metal. He discusses the main bands like Cannibal Corpse, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Bolt Thrower, Mortician, Incantation, and Suffocation, Cynic, Suffocation, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, Entombed, Dismember, the cultural forces that led to its popularity (Ace Venture Pet Detective and Beavis and Butthead) and more! Watch the clip below and like and subscribe to the channel.Continue reading

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Returns with New Song, Solo Album Trilogy

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has long been at work on a new Cynic album as well as a new trilogy of just announced solo albums. Dubbed the Mythical Human Vessel trilogy of records, they are the first independent solo releases on his new label, Masvidalien Records, the first of the collection, Mythical, will release May 31st. Hear the first new single now, ‘The Spaces’. Continue reading

Undead Prophecies – Sempiternal Void

I’m beginning to notice a bit of a trend amongst modern Death Metal bands, and by beginning to notice I mean this has probably been happening for a while now. Loads of newer acts like Horrendous and Gruesome are quite eager to strap on the Nike high tops, leather jackets and reminisce about the good old days when guys like Chuck Schuldiner and his outfit Death were blowing the Thrash dudes out of the water with albums like Scream Bloody Gore or Spiritual Healing. Undead PropheciesSempiternal Void (Listenable Records) sure as shit sounds like they’ve been inhaling the ash of whatever’s left of Morrisound Recordings. Continue reading