Progressive music icon CYNIC is pleased to announce two very special live performances set for 2023, for which the band will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘Focus’ by performing the seminal album in its entirety! In addition, CYNIC will also be paying homage to late members Sean Reinert and Sean Malone as these are the band’s first live performances since the members’ passings. More anniversary and memorial tribute shows will be announced in the near future!
The band will first appear on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which sets sail from Miami, FL on January 30 through February 3. Later in the year, CYNIC will then perform at the illustrious ProgPower USA festival on September 6 in Atlanta, GA! The new live lineup will feature Paul Masvidal on vocals and guitars, Max Phelps (Exist, Death to All) on additional guitars and vocals, Brandon Giffin (The Faceless, The Zenith Passage) on bass, and Matt Lynch (Nova Collective, Intronaut) on drums & percussion! Lynch has been drumming with CYNIC since 2015 & appeared on the band’s latest full-length, ‘Ascension Codes,’ as well as the 2018 single “Humanoid.” Additionally, Phelps, having also appeared on ‘Ascension Codes,’ and Giffin have previously toured with CYNIC during the band’s ‘Carbon Based Anatomy’ and ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’ tours.
CYNIC guitarist/songwriter Paul Masvidal comments, “Eight years since Cynic’s last live performance, like a blink of an eye. In this chapter we explore perseverance, overcoming hardship, and the healing power of music.”
CYNIC‘s latest release Ascension Codes is a remarkably far-reaching work, and if nothing else, a clear indication that they have landed in a place of mastery. The album, paradoxically, acts as both swan song and rebirth.
In addition, the band has recently released the fully instrumental version of the critically acclaimed 2021 full-length, ‘Ascension Codes’ via Bandcamp and all streaming services! Stream/download/order HERE.
Guitarist Paul Masvidal announced a new signature .strandberg* guitar, the Masvidalien NX 6 Cosmo! More information on the model can be found HERE.
Moreover, guitar players can find the full guitar transcriptions for several of CYNIC’s albums via Sheet Happens at THIS LOCATION.