Reunited progressive metallers CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, have been "officially" confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. (The Wacken Open Air organizers had previously booked the reactivated NWOBHM [New Wave of British Heavy Metal] outfit CYNIC by mistake.)
Wacken Open Air festival billing is shaping up as follows:
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AXEL RUDI PELL
BEFORE THE DAWN
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
ENEMY OF THE SUN
JOB FOR A COWBOY
STURM UND DRANG
CYNIC will soon enter the studio to record the follow-up to its 1993's genre-shattering "Focus" debut.
CYNIC founding members Paul Masvidal (guitars / vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums), who both gained reputation and praise while performing alongside Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH in the recording and touring lineup for the milestone album "Human", are currently in Sanford, Florida, working on the mix for three new demo tracks together with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER, etc.) at his own Audiohammer Studios. The three new tracks are entitled "Integral Birth", "Evolutionary Sleeper" and "Adam's Murmur", but Masvidal and Reinert have already written a full album's worth of new material and the band will use the demo to begin talks with record companies about a 2008 release.
Masvidal comments, "I'm amazed that we're here again, and that is a testament to the unpredictable beauty of the creative process. We received so much inspiration during last summer's reunion tour that a flood of new material has since poured out of us. There must be a default metal root in us from childhood that insists on being watered and loved, so we're just trying to keep up with ourselves — the CYNIC sirens are screaming inside and won't let up! Our policy has always been about surrendering to what feels most organic and staying in the flow. To put it mildly, this last year has been a creatively abundant and productive period. We're intoxicated about now and the future."
More news on CYNIC's recording and touring plans will soon be announced, and a new website will soon be launched at www.cyniconline.com.
Watch CYNIC performing the new song "Evolutionary Sleeper" at Hovefestivalen in Norway, June 2007: