CYNIC have been out on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'Focus'. Paul Masvidal and his band of aliens played the entire album at ProgPower USA last weekend, while also paying tribute to late members Sean Reinert and Sean Malone.
Today, they're announcing the reissue of 'Uroboric Forms'. This compilation collects seminal demos that Cynic recorded leading up to their groundbreaking debut.
"These demos are like sketches of young, aspiring artists", Masvidal told Decibel writer Chris Dick. Although I can hear in them some fragment of my playing now".
'Uroboric Forms' comes out on November 17. The LP includes a 7" that has alternate versions of the title track and "The Eagle Nature".
This compilation will only be pressed once, so don't miss out on the chance to hear how this band evolved from death metal teens to prog mystics.
'Uroboric Forms' includes demos from 1988 through 1992. The '88 demo glances back at the early days, when Cynic was still in its rawest form. It was recorded on a boom box while Masvidal and Reinert were high school classmates. Their next demo channeled enough teenage rage to kick up a buzz among fellow South Beach metal heads, but by 1991 they had elevated their technical skills to such death-defying heights, that they blew away the suits at Roadrunner Records.
"Hearing these demos is akin to looking at old pictures of yourself or reading historical diary entries and realizing you’re a different person now," said Masvidal during that same interview. "Sometimes seeing those old pics or hearing this work can even feel embarrassing, as if they’re someone you don’t care to know anymore, but it’s who we were, and I’ve come to embrace how genuine the work actually is. There’s an earnestness in these recordings that’s particular to a space and time, and it will never happen again. We now have evidence exposing the roots of an artist’s journey and there’s nowhere to hide. That’s the beauty of it."