In case you haven’t heard the unfortunate news, Cynic has broken up. And as the plot unravels, it does not appear to be a clean split between the members. Several statements have been issued and there may be more to come.
For starters, as reported earlier today, drummer and co-founding member Sean Reinert announced the split by saying the following.
“It is with a heavy heart that I post today’s Cynic news. 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 & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, 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.
I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China and Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/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.
This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we’re doing individually.
I wish all of you love and peace.”
Guitarist, frontman, and co-founder Paul Masvidal shot back by saying the following.
Dear fans and friends, this is all news to me. I just landed from Japan and my inbox was exploding. Sean didn’t confer with myself or Malone about Cynic’s official breakup or the tour being cancelled. I’m honestly somewhat relieved it’s finally over since it’s been quite challenging over the years but I’m also trying to figure out how to possibly salvage this tour (with a new drummer) since the damage he’s causing by pulling out at this last minute is inconceivable for me at the moment. Please share this message with friends or fans as Sean has taken me off our FB page so I can’t access it at the moment. Love to you all. I apologize for the drama…but sometimes life gets messy.
P.S. Cynic will continue one way or another.
Sean Reinert responded to this with another statement.
Instead of playing into the “tit for tat” game of trying to defend any accusations of unscrupulous behavior on my part, with regards to the split of Cynic (Paul and I: Two people, Not three) would be childish. But he’s caught in a lie below saying he can’t post and I took over the page which is obviously not true. I’ll leave it at that. I can’t physically stop Paul from playing CYNIC’s music with other musicians, but it won’t be CYNIC, merely Paul playing CYNIC songs with hired guns, which as stated he’s wanted for a while. This isn’t the way I wanted things to work out.
It’s hard to watch all of this happen but a question remain… Will Cynic finish their current touring schedule? I guess we’ll see how this turns out ultimately. But one thing is for certain. Cynic, as we knew them, are no longer a band.