The news was announced a few days ago already, but here's the official word from Seasons Of Mist:

"Season of Mist is really proud to announce that a new cult band just joined the roster. Let's welcome legendary American progressive jazzy death metal band Cynic! Most of the label's team have been a fan of the band's milestone and so far only album, "Focus", so needless to say we at Season of Mist are all extremely excited about this new collaboration. Here's frontman Paul Masvidal's comment about the signing:

"We're pleased to be back in business with Season of Mist as our record company. They have tremendous enthusiasm and passion for our work. Our bottom line was a company that understood what Cynic does and believes in it 100%. We found that with SOM. We're deep in the pre-production album process now and will be headed into the studio in a couple weeks to dive even deeper and start the recordings with our talented friend Warren Riker at the engineering / mixing helm. The journey of writing this record has taken Reinert and I to new heights of exploration, straight into the heart of Cynic's soul. We're thrilled to be able to share this new work with the best fans in the world. Stay tuned."

The release of Cynic's sophomore album, which will be out on Season of Mist fifteen years after "Focus", is set to next autumn. In the meantime, you can check the band's new MySpace profile, on which you can hear an excerpt of the demo to the brand new track "Integral Birth"!

Shaped around founding members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, the new line-up sees the return of bass god Sean Malone and the addition of Dutch guitarist Tymon Kruidenier who will also be in charge of 'death' vocals. The band are set to enter the studio this summer with Grammy Award winning Warren Riker (Down, Santana, etc.) to begin work on their long-awaited follow-up to "Focus". The album will contain eight songs, and the band are working once again with renowned artist Venosa (who created the unmistakeable cover and visuals for "Focus"), and the new album will be preceded by additional live shows, including a special appearance at Wacken Open Air, Germany, on next August 1st."

Band profile: Cynic
Posted: 06.05.2008 by Thryce


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White Winter Sun - 06.05.2008 at 16:37  
Good to see them signed on a french record label.
ylside - 06.05.2008 at 17:03  
The track is allright.
Stalker - 06.05.2008 at 18:44  
Nice, nice news indeed. Lol, such a great potential, and just 2 albums in 15 years... for shame.. for shame!
RavenLord - 06.05.2008 at 19:27  
Written by Stalker on 06.05.2008 at 18:44

Nice, nice news indeed. Lol, such a great potential, and just 2 albums in 15 years... for shame.. for shame!

'Quality over quantity'

Track sounds pretty good, although I don't think the vocoder vocals are shaping up well 15 years on...still, 'Evolutionary Sleeper' was quite excellent, so I think the Autumn will be eagerly awaited by me, at least.
Introspekrieg - 06.05.2008 at 23:48  
Good news... Can't tell much from the small snippet of a track, but I will always be intrigued by this band. The vocoder does sound like it needs to be toned down a little though... but it is just a demo so I'm sure they'll work on that.
LeChron James - 07.05.2008 at 11:56  
that was an ok track. i wonder what the rest of the album will be like, sounds interesting.
Tod_Engel - 10.05.2008 at 13:22  
That's some good news. I suppose the new album is going to be different from 'Focus'. The new songs sounds similar to 'Focus' tracks, but overall are different, because Masvidal, Reinert and Malone have grown as musicians. Just keenly waiting for the new album to be released

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