Cynic split over ‘insurmountable’ differences

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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.”

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Metal supergroup launches crowdfunding campaign

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Project Rogue campaign artwork

Hold the horses! Stop the press! What the hell is all this then?!

A veritable feast of metal music stars, including members of System Of A Down and Fear Factory, have launched one of the most ambitious music-related crowdfunding campaigns ever seen.

Under the band name Project Rogue, the campaign aims to raise $70,000 (£40,000) to create an album called Titans, that will feature performances from Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris, Cannibal Corpse’s Rob Barrett, alongside Paul Masdival from Cynic.

System Of A Down bass player Shavo Odadjian and Fear Factory’s founding drummer Raymond Herrera are also involved, alongside various established and up-and-coming metal musicians.

Designated Project Rogue leader Herrera says: “Ive been looking into the crowdfunding aspect of the music industry and it’s been pretty interesting to see how people have taken to it. Something like this is very unique because it allows us to deal or work directly with the fans, where they actually invest or be involved in something that is direct with the artist.”

JD Schmidt of Nociceptor adds: “It’s awesome for a band to be able to seek out to a financial resource without having to sign their lives away to a bank to see a project through. And on the other side of the coin it’s great for fans to be a part of the music that they love in whatever way they can.”

“I was floored when they asked me to be a part of it. Deeply humbled and kind of overwhelmed. I think I peed a little bit.”

Odadjian describes crowdfunding as “the future” and says he will offer his bass playing skills as well as writing and arrangement to the songs.

Pat Lachman of Damageplan says he hopes the album will “scare the shit out of people.”

A host of funding options are available for investors, including a digital copy of the album priced at $10 (£6), up to $10,000 (£6,000), a level of contribution which will see your very own composition worked into the music of the album.

To find out more about the project, along with all the details of the levels of funding that are available, head on over to the Project Rogue IndieGoGo campaign page. The project has until the 8th of July to reach it’s target.

Watch the Project Rogue official campaign video below:

The result of metal masterminds, or a sizeable and grand folly? We’re hoping for the former and will be watching with anticipation. Let us know what you think about the news!

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The Playlist, 16th May 2014

Here’s a selection of the music in residence on the office stereo right now.

Just click on the album covers to find out more!

Louise Distras Dreams From The Factory Floor   Chestnut Avenue

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The Playlist, 12th May 2014

Here’s a selection of the songs and sounds that have recently been flexing our woofers and tweeters here at Skin Back Alley.

Just click on the album covers to find out more!

Cynic-Kindly-Bent-to-Free-Us Chestnut Avenue The-Sleepwalkers-Lost-My-Mind-In-Stereo hullabaloocover

Butcher Babies - Goliath Courtney Barnett CRB PH WH EN

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Cynic band members discuss being gay and in a metal band

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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.

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