AEON SPOKE, the progressive, ethereal-rock project featuring CYNIC members Paul Masvidal (vocals, guitar) and Sean Reinert (drums), has just released its self-titled debut album in Germany via SPV Records. A video for the group's brand new single, "Pablo (At the Park)", has been posted online at this location (Real Media). To download a free MP3 of the track "Emmanuel", click here. The video for "Emmanuel" can be viewed at this location (Real Media).
Being the only musicians at their neighborhood elementary school, Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal first met in Miami, when they were 12 years old, and immediately started writing songs and rehearsing together on what would become an obsessive aural journey from classical to pop to metal to jazz and back within a ten-year period. By their late teens they were playing everything from MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA to MILES DAVIS, and learning the songs of the Real/Fake book. Proficiency and perseverance saw their band, the progressive-rock/metal outfit CYNIC, propelled to indie bestseller status. After the excitement of world tours and international kudos, the band quietly dissolved. Shortly after, Paul and Sean relocated to Los Angeles and formed AEON SPOKE with Evo.
Commented the band: "We're okay with art taking itself seriously and approaching it with the weight of the world. Lightness doesn't appeal to us. We want to get down and dirty with human experience and allow our art to reflect that. We're a messy species with minds that complicate everything. The spiritual investigation in our work is not about preaching, as much as it is about healing oneself. Like everyone, we're just trying to get through life the best we know how. Music is a tool and a language. If people can relate to our songs, then perhaps we've done our job."
CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, will embark on a three-week European tour beginning mid-June, which will include dates in U.K., Iceland, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. So far the band has been confirmed for the Hellfest and Fury Fest in France, Hovefestivalen in Norway and Evolution Festival in Italy. More dates will be announced soon.