Reunited CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, has been confirmed for next year's Maryland Deathfest V, set to take place on May 26-27 at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
BRUTAL TRUTH (New York)
COCK AND BALL TORTURE (Germany)
CRIPPLE BASTARDS (Italy)
DEAD INFECTION (Poland)
EXTREME NOISE TERROR (England)
FLAGITIOUS IDIOSYNCRASY IN THE DILAPIDATION (Japan)
FUCK THE FACTS (Canada)
GENERAL SURGERY (Sweden)
JIGSORE TERROR (Sweden)
LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER (Spain)
NUNWHORE COMMANDO 666 (Germany)
ROTTEN SOUND (Finland)
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CYNIC reunion lineup:
Paul Masvidal - Vocals / Guitar
Sean Reinert - Drums / Keys
Tony Teegarden - Vocals / Keyboards
Chris Kringel - Bass
Santiago Dobles – Guitar
Kringel, who replaces Sean Malone (who can't participate in the reunion because of teaching and work commitments) in CYNIC's reunion lineup, has been involved with the band since the pre-"Focus" days and toured with the band in Europe in support of the CD. He also played bass on the classic and much-sought-after PORTAL demos and toured the U.K. with Paul and Sean's AEON SPOKE project. Teegarden also previously toured with CYNIC in support of "Focus", while Santiago — who is said to be "the man behind AGHORA" — has been around the CYNIC camp since 1993-94 and was one of Masvidal's guitar students in Miami back in the day.
According to Masvidal, guitarist Jason Gobel was approached about participating in the reunion, but was forced to turn it down due to family and work commitments. However, he gave the rest of the group his blessings to proceed and is said to be "honored" to have Santiago as his replacement.