Progressive rock legend CYNIC will be releasing their highly anticipated new full-length Ascension Codes November 26 via Season of Mist! Today, November 24, the band will host a live stream of the new record via the official Season of Mist YouTube. The stream will air at 21:00 CET and all band members as well as album producer/mixer Warren Riker will be present in the live chat! The premiere will be hosted at this location.
Guitarist/founding member Paul Masvidal comments, “I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the incredible visionaries, artists and colleagues that helped bring this album to life. Cosmic love to each of you who contributed your magic. In honor of my fallen brothers, the collective CYNIC tribe, and with great respect to this beautiful spaceship Earth we inhabit, I offer you Ascension Codes. I love you. Journey well, my friends.”
CYNIC’s continual state of development has met its share of challenges over the years, hurdles that threatened to dismantle the entity’s forward surge. Yet through hurricanes, breakups, and assorted acrimony both personal and existential, it remains inspired to create.
Their name is synonymous with what it means to be truly progressive in music. CYNIC’s top-tier performance acumen and cerebral/spiritual/yogic themes finds them inhabiting a corner of the musical spectrum all their own. Their Venn diagram shows intersections with death metal, prog rock, thrash metal, experimental, new age, jazz fusion, and a myriad of other sonic expressions.
Debut album, Focus (1993), is a certified classic. Although that era ended with transformation into the short-lived Portal, and then a further splinter toward Aeon Spoke, CYNIC’s reunion-era has found them embraced in a way that proves how ahead of the times they were in the ‘90s. Through monuments such as the Traced in Air (2008) and Kindly Bent to Free Us (2014) albums, the Carbon-Based Anatomy and Re-Traced EPs, and a surprising rebirth with the “Humanoid” single of 2018, the CYNIC legacy remains untarnished. Yet early in the creation cycle for their fourth full-length album, they experienced horrible events that tested the entity’s resolve.