Cynic Break Up

BY Alex HudsonPublished Sep 10, 2015

Proggy metal explorers Cynic broke up back in the mid-'90s, but they've had a productive second coming since reforming a decade ago. Now, the Miami-bred/Los Angeles-based band have called it quits once again.

Drummer/co-founder Sean Reinert announced the news today (September 10) on Facebook. It seems that the split is not entirely friendly; Reinert cited "artistic and personal differences" as the reasons for the breakup and alluded to the band members' "differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives."

The group had been due to tour in Europe next month, but those dates have now been called off (see the axed schedule here). Reinert said that Cynic's final shows "left [him] with a positive charge," but he doesn't seem to be optimistic about the possibility of a future reunion, saying that his creative partnership with frontman Paul Masvidal can never "be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means."

Cynic formed in 1987, broke up in 1994 and reformed in 2006. Their early releases were rooted in technical death metal, but they were known for their progressive, evolving and jazzy sound. Their final album was last year's Kindly Bent to Free Us.

Read Reinert's full breakup statement below:

It is with a heavy heart that I post today's Cynic news. Cynic is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the 'BOOK OF Cynic' has come to an end.

I will say the last shows we played in Japan have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that Cynic can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.

I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China and Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with Cynic.

This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we're doing individually.

I wish all of you love and peace.

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