Cynic drop new single

2018-01-15 by ramon. CONTRIBUTOR | 85 Comments
Cynic are still making music, apparently, with new single "Humanoid" recently posting on the Season of Mist label YouTube channel. The current band lineup consists of Paul Masvidal, Sean Malone, and new member Matt Lynch taking up percussive duties.

"Humanoid" is a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter. We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It's quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else. - Masvidal on "Humanoid".



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BlackwaterPork
January 15th 2018
4321 Comments


Not too bad actually

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BigPleb
January 15th 2018
55539 Comments


Is it better than Kindly Bent stuff?

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2018
24364 Comments


Musically, yes.

Eons
January 15th 2018
1893 Comments


Man, I'm so uninformed. I could have sworn this band was from Europe/Scandinavia

Madbutcher3
January 15th 2018
2252 Comments


this is a lot better than kindly bent so that's cool

ChaoticVortex
January 15th 2018
687 Comments


Pretty decent although I'm sorely missing the robot vocals/growls.

50iL
January 15th 2018
4883 Comments


Pretty good at the start but it soon devolved to pretty dull meandering

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cvlts
January 15th 2018
9493 Comments


"Humanoid" is a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter. We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It's quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else."

lolwat?

SirDrumsalot
January 15th 2018
1825 Comments


Ooo! This gives me a warm feeling in my pants!!!
But yes, missing the growls fo sho.

BigPleb
January 15th 2018
55539 Comments


No more vocoder? Paul is actually singing now?

bloc
January 15th 2018
52979 Comments


Music is typical Cynic but wow those vocals sound so under produced

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Alastor
January 15th 2018
1969 Comments


Uh, love Masdival's trademark picking style. That was a bit underrepresented on Kindly Bent.

smaugman
January 15th 2018
4788 Comments


im totally fine with normal singing tbh

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2018
2576 Comments


"wow those vocals sound so under produced"
That's something you don't hear every day

Evreaia
January 15th 2018
5028 Comments


This actually sounds pretty cool. Vocals sound great, production is good enough.

That description of Humanoid is fucking cancer though.

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cvlts
January 15th 2018
9493 Comments


ya this is pretty good. lack of vocoder is odd but Masdival has a great singing voice in general so I'll allow it.

Confucius
January 15th 2018
497 Comments


Better than I expected

MO
January 15th 2018
22449 Comments


not bad. just not really original. they've been doing the same thing since coming back and it's a little samey from one release to the next

icatchthirtythree
January 15th 2018
876 Comments


Yoooo this was unexpected but really sick!

SirDrumsalot
January 15th 2018
1825 Comments


The more I listen, the more I actually love this song! Could be about 5 minutes longer though.

Essence
January 15th 2018
6236 Comments


yo wtf cynic is good again

Mythodea
January 15th 2018
4262 Comments


Great song, fat bass sound. Keepin' it.

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dfevil085
January 15th 2018
1268 Comments


Pretty solid track, vocals could be better though.

DungeonBoy
January 15th 2018
4917 Comments


This is solid, sounds like Cynic. Some really killer guitar work here.

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wwf
January 15th 2018
6167 Comments


this isn't fucking awful like Kindly Bent so two thumbs up

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wwf
January 15th 2018
6167 Comments


'not bad. just not really original. they've been doing the same thing since coming back and it's a little samey from one release to the next'

pretty much, I would call it diminishing returns but this is much better than Kindly Get Bent

Carbon Based Anatomy is sort of the oddball of the releases they've done in the last decade which is why it and Traced are easily two of my favorite Cynic releases

emester
January 15th 2018
8249 Comments


Its passable i guess.

swipenet
January 15th 2018
2754 Comments


Intro makes me think of jiggling tits. Not a bad thing.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2018
1473 Comments


Idk this is pretty decent. Hated their last one. I miss the dm aspects but this sounds more in line with their first two rather than the dumb-prog of their last. Looking forward to this now.

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SpiritCrusher2
January 15th 2018
6094 Comments


meh

IAMERROR
January 15th 2018
314 Comments


Bass slaps in this. Stand-out instrument for me. The vocals remind me of Tommy Roger's cleans from BTBAM. Mid-way the guitar really picks up and gets fun. I'm digging this track and I don't even really listen to prog metal anymore.

72haha72
January 15th 2018
484 Comments


Masvidal* not 'Masdival' 8-)

Darius the Great
January 15th 2018
18422 Comments


Oh wtf this came outta nowhere

CynicalComplex
January 15th 2018
111 Comments


Pretty slick.

RustCohle
January 15th 2018
229 Comments


this is pretty damn good, stoked for the album now!

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LepreCon
January 15th 2018
5451 Comments


Figured something was coming with the countdown on their social media. Pretty kewl track, 7/10 so far

BlackMalachite
January 15th 2018
3711 Comments


I've got a soft spot for some of this band's work, but holy shit this was sloppy. Not a fan, they're capable of so much better.

SpiritCrusher2
January 15th 2018
6094 Comments


drums make this more boring than it should be

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2018
3002 Comments


please for the love of all that is holy let there be an instrumental version of this

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SitarHero
January 15th 2018
7157 Comments


Oh hell yes! This kicks ass!

mortifierftw
January 15th 2018
319 Comments


Wait I thought this band was over

I'm liking what I'm hearing, better than expected

TheCynic
January 15th 2018
119 Comments


Dropped by to say that this is awesome!

EvoHavok
January 15th 2018
7653 Comments


Dug this.

BigPleb
January 15th 2018
55539 Comments


Better than anything off Kindly Bent, good track.

JayEnder
January 15th 2018
2532 Comments


OHHHH SHIT.

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Aiwaz
January 15th 2018
9999 Comments


I enjoyed this. Way better than anything on Kindly Bent To Free Us...which really isn't saying anything.

glorybox94
January 15th 2018
966 Comments


Its alright but wish it featured some old cynic vocal style. I give this song alone a 3.0/5.0

Aiwaz
January 15th 2018
9999 Comments


3.0 is accurate here. I'd give it a 3.4.

mortifierftw
January 15th 2018
319 Comments


Vox actually have kind of a Traced in Air vibe

MeatSalad
January 15th 2018
17377 Comments


ehh

Dewinged
January 15th 2018
12061 Comments


Missing the vocoder, but the track is not bad at all. Bass is sick.

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GringoSuave89
January 15th 2018
1125 Comments


I miss Sean Reinert, but it was aight.

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SitarHero
January 15th 2018
7157 Comments


Didn't notice Reinert's absence tbh.

Laen
January 15th 2018
121 Comments


This rules. Sounds to me like a modern take of the sound they had on Focus without the robot vocoder.

bloc
January 15th 2018
52979 Comments


"Didn't notice Reinert's absence tbh."

Masvidal's asshole did

Aiwaz
January 15th 2018
9999 Comments


OOOOOOH

Darius the Great
January 15th 2018
18422 Comments


"Masvidal's asshole did"

LOL LMAO WOW HAHAHA

Aiwaz
January 15th 2018
9999 Comments


GOTTTTTEM

bloc
January 15th 2018
52979 Comments


That was easy. Give me something harder next time...






...is what Paul said

wwf
January 15th 2018
6167 Comments


'3.0 is accurate here. I'd give it a 3.4.'

awww round it to 3.5 for the poor guys

SitarHero
January 15th 2018
7157 Comments


Y U gotta be like dat bloc?

bloc
January 15th 2018
52979 Comments


You set me up

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2018
1899 Comments


Fun shit.

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Aiwaz
January 15th 2018
9999 Comments


"That was easy. Give me something harder next time...



...is what Paul said"


xDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Nomos
January 16th 2018
1737 Comments


Wow. Can't say I ever expected music under that name again. And I thought I was up to date on the band's status. Can't say I miss Sean much either, as great as he is.

This certainly sounds like Cynic and beats everything from Kindly Bent easily.

It's just too bad that the song feels like it lacks a...I don't know, dynamism that keeps it from being very interesting? I just feel like I've heard this before and nothing has progressed musically.

Though I think this is a grower.

Veldin
January 16th 2018
3666 Comments


Still love Kindly Bent to Free Us along with their obvious classics

brainmelter
January 16th 2018
5997 Comments


whoa

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Willie
Moderator
January 16th 2018
17610 Comments


This was good. A nice blend of old and new ('old' being the sound of their initial return, the death metal of 'Focus' will probably never come back).

Hawks
January 16th 2018
62399 Comments


Better than everything on Kindly by far, but still not that good.

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BigPleb
January 16th 2018
55539 Comments


Hawks :[

Hawks
January 16th 2018
62399 Comments


I've maintained that I think this band sucks hard aside from Focus and The Portal Tapes, sorry Plebster hahahaha.

BigPleb
January 16th 2018
55539 Comments


B-but it's Masvidal :[

Willie
Moderator
January 16th 2018
17610 Comments


Come on. Their debut was cool for the time because there was nothing like it out there, but the band were never going to top it. They didn't even want to be playing 'Focus' material by the time it was time to record it. So, it's time to look at the new era of Cynic as Cynic... that means no death metal (forget the token weak-growls on their comeback). So, based on that line of thought, Cynic are a occasionally above average alt. prog band... so, this song is pretty damn good for them. ;)

Mythodea
January 16th 2018
4262 Comments


The main riff of Humanoid sounds like it was inspired by Prequel to the Sequel's riff at 1:30

CygnusX1
January 16th 2018
428 Comments


Song rips. Wasn't expecting new Cynic to be this good after Kindly, but this is great. That bassline is sex

Nomos
January 16th 2018
1737 Comments


I think that's what it's taking me a while to discover, Willie. That these guys style is rooted in their comeback and will always be. And that they're not necessarily the second coming of christ that I thought they were when Traced in Air came out. Which kills me, because TiA/Cynic was my first "discovery" on Sputnik ten years ago. But I've been less and less impressed with their output as compared to their progressive peers. Oh well.

Mabbitt
January 16th 2018
1663 Comments


I really enjoyed Kindly, but this is a nice blend of that sound and TiA. Also, I'm glad they're doing away with the vocal distortions. There's still a hint of it, but it sounds much better this way.

edit: I saw the article about a new Portal song and immediately thought of the pre-cynic portal. Then I saw this after and was like "oh, word"

KILL
January 16th 2018
81232 Comments


the drums are so fucking stale ugh but reinert is one of a kind

the bass is incredible as always, i feel the verse guitar riff is kinda sloppy sounding though, almost seems to go out of time when it ends on the single stroke instead of the double



Hawks
January 16th 2018
62399 Comments


I mean idk Focus is a Cynic album so idk how you can only look at everything post-Focus as a Cynic album....

But I get where you're coming from. I dig prog metal but everything after Focus is just not my thing. They're talented as hell but most of their stuff comes off as very cheesy to me tbh.

bananatossing
January 17th 2018
624 Comments


Glad they are back and Masvidal isn't deep in shit anymore... in Reinert asshole.

BlazinBlitzer
January 17th 2018
1169 Comments


"The more I listen, the more I actually love this song! Could be about 5 minutes longer though."

Actually, I was thinking the opposite. Sean Malone does a damn good job on this song, and considering Matt Lynch's work on here and Nova Collective, I can't wait to hear what he does on this next project. Paul sounds kinda generic to me on here tbh. He almost sounds like a Daniel Thompkins knockoff and I think he was influenced by Masvidal lol.

I honestly think what explains many of the problems with this song is Masvidal's description of it. It's hilariously pretentious, but that comedy can't be dragged on for four minutes because I'll get close to total boredom.

Despite all of that, the track is decent and I'm actually quite optimistic about the next material. Especially with Cynic, it definitely sets up greater potential on the upcoming album.

Gmork89
January 17th 2018
7722 Comments


Don't miss the vocoder at all you guys are crazy.

bloc
January 17th 2018
52979 Comments


"Glad they are back and Masvidal isn't deep in shit anymore... in Reinert asshole."

Don't worry, he has Matt Lynch as his new chew toy

Funeralopolis
January 17th 2018
14158 Comments


song was boring and uninspired

#novocoderno5

swipenet
January 18th 2018
2754 Comments


Yeah it's not amazing, but that intro was pretty jiggly



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