Settlement Reached Over Use Of Cynic Name, Drummer Sean Reinert Exits


Cynic haven’t been too publicly active since 2015 when a a rift emerged between frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert. At the time Reinert exited the band, citing growing tensions and a general unhappiness with what he felt were subpar performances from Masvidal.

He also mentioned that in order for Masvidal to legally continue performing under the Cynic name, they would need to come to a signed agreement. Reinert has now announced that such an settlement has been made and it comes with his official departure. He posted of that:

“Today I post with a heavy heart, but also a lightened spirit. A settlement has been reached between Paul and I in regards to CYNIC. I am unable to disclose any of the details regarding this agreement but I am at peace with the arrangement. I am going to step aside from CYNIC and continue with my personal projects – Paul is going to continue with CYNIC and his.

I want to take this last Facebook post as an opportunity to humbly thank all of the musicians, engineers, technicians, companies, booking agents, managers, crew, press, labels and friends that I’ve worked with (and will likely continue to) over this past 30-year span.

Most of all – I would like to thank the fans, who to this day still blow me away with their loyalty and love. You’ve always been the inspiration and the fuel for the machine!

To Paul, I sincerely wish him and the musicians he hires nothing but the best.

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That Reinert is moving on from the band shouldn’t be too surprising given his current involvement in the band Perfect Beings.

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