Progressive metal band Cynic have announced that they have split.
They were due to return to the UK next month to play live shows in support of their most recent album, 2014’s Kindly Bent To Free Us, but all shows are now off.
Says drummer Sean Reinert: “Cynic is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘Book Of Cynic’ has come to an end.
“I will say the last shows we played in Japan have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone and I on the same stage.”
He adds: “My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that Cynic can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.”
“There can be differing levels of conflicts or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with Cynic.”
Adding his apologies to European fans who had planned to see the band live this Autumn he says: “These things happen, unfortunately, to bands.”