Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert of metal band Cynic have spoken publicly about their sexuality for the first time.
In an interview with the LA Times, Masvidal says: “”There’s definitely going to be a reaction, but it’s important that we be truthful.”
Singer Masvidal and drummer Reinert have been out as gay in their private lives for years, but say they feel the time is right to discuss it in public. Their sexuality has been the subject of rumour and conjecture in the past, which has led to homophobic incidents.
On tour with Cannibal Corpse in the 1990s, Cynic challenged audiences with their stage presence, which was distinctly anti-macho. They came in for some homophobic treatment, which made it difficult for either to consider publicly coming out.
Reinert, who lives with a long-term boyfriend, notes: “Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been. It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine’.”
As well as their acclaimed work with Cynic, Masvidal and Reinert also had a spell as members of Death and are hailed as some of the most influential musicians in rock.
Says Cynic bass player, Sean Malone: ““What I’m proud of is that Paul and Sean know that this isn’t really about them, it’s about the kid out there who is struggling and suffering in silence, and that for him or her, this conversation might be a source of encouragement.”
Cynic released their third album, Kindly Bent To Free Us, in February.