Cynic's Paul Masvidal

Cynic Confirm New Live Lineup, Announce “Focus” 30th Anniversary Shows


With a tour alongside Atheist seemingly brewing, progressive metal outfit Cynic have announced their new live lineup. 2020 was particularly cruel to the aforementioned outfit, with former drummer Sean Reinert passing away in January of 2020 from an aortic rupture, while bassist Sean Malone took his own life in December of that year.

The band’s vocalist/guitarist Paul Masvidal plans to pay tribute to his fallen bandmates next year with a number of anniversary and memorial tribute shows. Among those plans are two live sets celebrating the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of the band’s debut album “Focus“.

Joining Masvidal for those shows will be guitarist/vocalist Max Phelps (Exist, Death To All), bassist Brandon Giffin (The Zenith Passage, ex-The Faceless, etc.) and drummer Matt Lynch (Nova Collective, Intronaut).

Masvidal commented, “eight years since Cynic’s last live performance, like a blink of an eye. In this chapter we explore perseverance, overcoming hardship, and the healing power of music.”

You can catch the group performing “Focus” on the ‘70000 Tons Of Metal‘, which sets sail from Miami, FL aboard the Freedom of the Seas on January 30th. The outfit will also be performing the album at the 2023 ‘ProgPower USA‘ festival in Atlanta, GA on September 06th.

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