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Cynic Bloodline

Metal, for the most part, has fallen off my musical radar. But Cynic doesn't count. Still on constant rotation, Cynic, and everything the band members have touched have generally turned to gold, and in celebration of Traced In Air, heres some of the best Cynic related porjects. (Aeon Spoke doesn't really count, but I'll put them in anyway.)

My favorite Death album. Reinert + Masvidal + Chuck = brutal goodness.
Traced In Air

The hype is worth it.
3Gordian Knot
Gordian Knot

This and the Portal demo are probably where you'll see the influences of softer side of Traced In Air, and Gordian Knot are just mind blowing. John Myung probably won't ever record anything this good again.

Another one of my favorite albums ever, Aghora's self titled is just sublime. Some people think Danishta Rivero's voice is a little lifeless, but theres something just unbelievably captivating about it.

The album that started it all, a pioneering effort by some of the best musical minds ever, brutal but still so very... focused? Sorry, had to do it.
6Gordian Knot

Not as good as Self-titled, but still kicks generous amount of a'ss.
Portal (demo)

This little known demo was recorded sometime after Focus, and while it's a very different beast, it's softness, female vocals and all, it's still an enchanting listen. (And for those wondering, I deliberately haven't put the pre-Focus Demo on this list).
8Aeon Spoke
Aeon Spoke

Masvidal and Reinert gone soft-pop?
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