cynicCynic is a progressive metal band with incorporated jazz fusion elements, founded in Miami, Florida, US. Their first album, Focus released in 1993, is widely regarded as a landmark release of the genre. The band released their second album on November 17, 2008. Traced in Air was released through French label Seasons of Mist. Cynic was formed in 1987 by guitarist (and now singer) Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert who met in elementary school. Soon after they recruited bassist Mark Van Erp and singer Jack Kelly.

In 1988, the band made their first recording, simply called the ’88 Demo. After the demo, Paul Masvidal took over vocal duties, while continuing to play guitar. The band also added a second guitarist, Jason Gobel. Another demo followed in 1989, this one titled Reflections of a Dying World. 1989 also brought the addition of bassist Tony Choy. In 1990, the group went to the studio to record their third demo, plainly titled ’90 Demo. In 1991, Cynic signed with Roadrunner Records and recorded their fourth and final demo, known as Demo 1991.

Other Information

  • Origin: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Genres: Technical death metal, Progressive metal, Death metal
  • Years active: 1987-present
  • Labels: Roadrunner, Seasons of Mist
  • Associated acts: Æon Spoke, Aghora, Anomaly, Atheist, Death, Gordian Knot, Malevolent Creation, Master, Monstrosity, Office of Strategic Influence, Pestilence, Portal, Solstice
  • Website:
  • Members:
  1. Paul Masvidal – guitar/vocals
  2. Sean Reinert – drums
  3. Robin Zielhorst – fretless bass
  4. Tymon Kruidenier – guitar, death growls



  • ’88 Demo (1988) – Demo
  • Reflections of a Dying World (1989) – Demo
  • ’90 Demo (1990) – Demo
  • Demo 1991 (1991) – Demo
  • Focus (1993)
  • Portal 1995 (1995) – Demo
  • Promo (2008) – Demo
  • Traced in Air (2008)



~ by molco on June 1, 2009.

2 Responses to “Cynic”

  1. Cynic is sick. I was fortunate enough to catch them in concert about a year ago?

  2. I love this fusion jazz influenced band!

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