Progressive metal band Cynic, and its bassist, Sean Malone, have released the group’s long-awaited record, Kindly Bent to Free Us, Cynic’s first in three years – and its first full-length album since 2008.
Malone, aside from his Cynic and solo work, is also an author, having penned four music books, including Music Theory for Bassists and A Portrait of Jaco: The Solos Collection.
It’s unsurprising that Cynic has an intellectual bent, and it’s a band that proudly quotes a New York Times review that says the band is better understood not in the context of metal, but “along with such radical harmonic progressives in the last 45 years of pop and jazz as … the Beach Boys or Pat Metheny.”
If you’re not familiar with Cynic, you’ll hear how that assessment plays out here in the title track from the album:
Kindly Bent to Free Us Track List:
- True Hallucination Speak
- The Lion’s Roar
- Kindly Bent to Free Us
- Infinite Shapes
- Moon Heart Sun Head
- Holy Fallout
- Endlessly Bountiful