Cynic Announce New Album, Ascension Codes, Share First Single, “Mythical Serpents”


Finally: new Cynic is here!

After years of teasing — during which time he suffered through immeasurable loss with the passing of long-time collaborators Sean Reinert and Sean Malone — Cynic singer/guitarist Paul Masvidal has announced the band’s new album, Ascension Codes, will arrive in October. The record’s first single, “Mythical Serpents,” is available now.

Posting on Instagram, Masvidal said:

“We did it. I’ve never felt so much in my life. Here we are. Thank you for your patience and support.”

On first listen, I love what I’m hearing from “Mythical Serpents.” It’s unmistakably Cynic, but it’s got more atmospherics and extra percussion textures than we’re used to hearing from the band.

Ascension Codes comes out on November 26; it’s the band’s first album since Kindly Bent to Free Us in 2014. Listen to “Mythical Serpents” below.

Masvidal released a series of solo EPs in 2019 and 2020.

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