Gay, Gay Metal
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Progressive, hard rock innovators CYNIC (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone) announced a string of North American tour dates in early May. The trek, which started on July 6 in Vancouver, BC, has seen the band perform select dates in the US and Canada before concluding on August 12 in New York City. CYNIC will also be trekking to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of the Heavy Montreal festival in early August.
The critically acclaimed band recently graced the front page of the LA times. It is during this interview that the two founding members of the band, guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert came out. The duo have been out in their private lives but are now ready to help break down the stereotypes surrounding being gay within the context of a very masculine genre of music that has not traditionally been accepting of those who are gay.
The band has also been featured in Guitar World, Drum! Magazine, Decibel Magazine, and more.
The band’s newest release ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’ has been called. “…an album that, while most definitely in the realm of prog rock, has the kind of open, unpretentious air that makes Rush such an easy-to-love band.” (AllMusic), and “an album that transcends all the limitations of genre and era, and in the end will come to represent what you want it to be, nothing more, nothing less. There are few albums which can claim such a remarkable hold.” (Prog Magazine).
Due to the band’s storied career, and finally being out after so many years CYNIC is prime for tour coverage and interviews.
Cynic began in 1988 as an extreme death metal band and quickly grew into one of the most ground-breaking, progressive entities in the metal world. Their first full length, 1993’s ‘Focus’, is widely considered a benchmark release for forward-thinking metal fans. In addition to their highly-influential work, Cynic’s mastermind Paul Masvidal is active in the world of music production and scoring with main title (composer credit) on Emmy nominated NBC teen series show “Operation Junkyard”, several short films, and session credits on sitcoms “That ‘70s Show” and “3rd Rock from the Sun”. Additionally, Masvidal has collaborated with Jim Carrey on Jim’s children’s album “How Roland Rolls.” and former BERLIN vocalist Terri Nunn.
Cynic’s upcoming gigs in August are as follows:
8/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
8/8 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
8/9 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
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