CYNIC – Traced in Air

Bands reforming and reuniting seem to be the trend in underground metal lately (CARCASS, EMPEROR, IMMORTAL, AT THE GATES, etc.) – however most of the bands just cash in for a tour, or play a few exclusive festivals, and that’s the end of it. A few of the bands that have reformed, actually make new albums, and since CYNIC‘s Focus is touted as one of the best progressive death metal masterpieces of all time, Traced in Air has long time CYNIC fans wondering if they could stand the test of time. After all, the band was put to rest and forgotten about. CYNIC is, and always will be a “love them or hate them” band, as there is no in between. If you hated the robot voice and entire Focus album, you will not enjoy Traced in Air at all.

Traced in Air is the ultimate album CYNIC die hards have been asking for, and the band does not disappoint. The album opens with “Nunc Fluens“, and almost instantly you hear Sean Reinert doing what he does best – pounding the drums with technical precision. Although he and Paul Masvidal both played on DEATH‘s Human album, CYNIC was their creative force and really brought their jazz fusion influence out into the open. “The Space For This” and “Evolutionary Sleeper” are bona fide CYNIC tracks, although some vocal parts can get too flowery at times. No need to fret however, as there still death metal growls that accentuate the chorus at the exact perfect points. Newbie OPETH fans may get a kick out of this album, but this album was written for CYNIC fans exclusively. Reinert‘s superb drumming really highlight the entire album, and “Adam’s Murmur” is a track where the band really gels as the drums, technical bass and guitar playing mesh as one cohesive unit. “Nunc Stans” closes the album in CYNIC fashion, with an eerie and mellow outro.

While parts of the album feel too empty and lacking intensity, that was the purpose of Traced in Air – getting away from the whole death metal genre and instead into the progressive rock/metal arena. More progressive rock than metal is showcased on the album, so if you miss the aggression but still want the progressive death metal, you’ll have to put in DEATH‘s Human or PESTILENCE‘s Testimony of the Ancients. CYNIC will always have ties with PESTILENCE and ATHEIST as progressive death metal kings, and hopefully those two bands can also match this excellent “reunion” album as well. (Season of Mist)

Release Date for CYNIC’s Traced in Air Pushed Back to November

The release date for Traced in Air, the new album from reunited progressive metallers CYNIC originally slated for release on October 28th via Season of Mist Records in North America, has now been pushed back to November 25th, 2008. The album will be released a week earlier by Season of Mist in Europe on November 17th, 2008.

In a statement about the date change, guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal comments, “When Season of Mist made us aware of the release date change, it was immediately apparent that this offered us the potential to spread the word even more about this album. Sean and I are extremely proud of the new record and are looking forward to sharing it with CYNIC fans around the world, even if we have to wait just a bit longer. We’re thrilled about touring with OPETH next month in Europe, and of course the states tour beginning in January is going to be on fire!”

The first run of CYNIC‘s Traced in Air CD will be a limited-edition hard cover digi-pak with the cover artwork embossed to further showcase the beautiful cover by renowned artist Robert Venosa, as well as eight original pieces of art paired with the eight songs found on the album. Venosa created the unmistakable cover and visuals for 1993’s groundbreaking Focus album. This limited-edition will also feature a poster of the cover art.

Also released the same day is the Traced in Air Collector’s Box, which will only be available for order on-line and limited to 1,000 copies. The box contains the following:

* USB keychain with the CYNIC logo included
* DVD size album art and lyric booklet
* Three stickers with Venosa art from Traced in Air
* Postcard sticker of the Traced in Air cover
* Plexiglas case, etched with the CYNIC logo and album title for CD included
* Compressed CYNIC t-shirt
* Limited Edition Poster
* Journal: Limited edition also contains a one of a kind translucent 24-page journal booklet (magnifying glass included), with personal notes, lyric sketches, rare photos, thoughts and dreams taken directly from CYNIC‘s universe, mostly consisting of Paul Masvidal‘s personal journals which tell the story of Traced In Air and his own creative process as a songwriter.

Visit CYNIC’s MySpace page for more info:

CYNIC: New Album and U.S. Tour

Reunited progressive metallers CYNIC new album Traced In Air is set for release on October 28 via Season of Mist Records in North America.

Says CYNIC guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal about the upcoming album, “We’re thrilled to share the new CYNIC alien seedling with the world. I trust that this magical plant will be watered well and tended to. The roots are intact, now the branches get to soar high into the sky and provide shade for those of us stressed about current weather conditions. We’ve all been on this journey together. It’s time we tell a new story. One of my favorite thinkers Ralph Waldo Emerson said: ‘We live amid surfaces, and the true art is to skate well on them’. Well it’s time, we let the dance begin!”

The band recorded the eight song, 35-minute album with Grammy Award winning producer Warren Riker (DOWN, SANTANA). A teaser for the album can be viewed here:

In other news, CYNIC are currently planning a U.S. tour for early 2009.

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DARK TRANQUILLTY: Tour Report from Korea; Live Video of New Song

DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted a report from their current tour in Korea:

“Finally got some time out of the hectic schedule to issue a website update from the luxurious bar of our hotel in Korea. The tour has been a truly phenomenal experience so far, and we want to extend a huge ‘THANKS!’ to the all the awesome people that made the shows in Japan and Australia so successful.

“After traveling for 24 hours straight, via three different flights, we’ve finally arrived to Seoul and spent some quality seightseeing time visiting the 63 building and the War memorial of Korea before getting some well-needed rest for the first time in two weeks. Hence, tonight’s show at the Rolling hall is bound to be a massive energy explosion that will leave no-one unaffected.

“Speaking of Korea, the fine people at Dope entertainment have issued a re-release of Character to coincide with our gigs here. The new version features the “Lost to Apathy” and “The New Build” video clips.

“Tip of the day: If you’re a fan of technical/progressive bands like ATHEIST and CYNIC, check out the excellent ALARUM, who supported us on the Sydney and Melbourne dates.

“Btw…we played some new stuff in Australia. In the words of the BLACK EYED PEAS: Check it out!”

The “new stuff” they speak of can be checked out here:

DARK TRANQUILLITY also recently announced that they will be recording their forthcoming newalbum at Studio Fredman and Rogue Music in Sweden. Mixing will be handled by Danish producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED) at his Antfarm studio. Some songtitles to appear on the forthcoming effort include “Blind at Heart“, “The Lesser Faith“, “InsignifiCunt” and ““The Plunge