I have a new signature guitar from Varberg called the Masvidalien. It’s just coming out now. I used that on the whole record. Then there’s another Varberg, the Warbird model, which I also used. But it’s a different guitar setup for this album, which was big for me because I was a Steinberger guy for many years. Now I’m totally in a different place with that, and that definitely affected things.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "NAME," the new lyric video by progressive rock innovators Cynic. The track is from the band's upcoming album, Kindly Bent to Free Us, which will be released February 18.
Looking to both honor the memory of the late Chuck Schuldiner and raise some money for an excellent cause, a cast of former Death members are getting together for the "Death to All" tour this year. Set to take part are guitarists Paul Masvidal, Shannon Hamm and Bobby Koelble; bassists Steve DiGiorgio and Scott Clendenin; and drummers Gene Hoglan and Sein Reinert.
For most, the term "progressive metal" brings guitar-school wankery to mind almost immediately. While vocalist/guitarist Paul Masvidal will be the first to tell you that he doesn't identify with the "progressive" or even the "metal" tag when it comes to Cynic's music, they are none the less one of the bands truly pushing metal into new and exciting territory.
Is it just me, or is an album's release date becoming less and less relevant? I'm not just talking about piracy or over-saturation of the market leading to release dates that just don't feel as special -- though even at my relatively young age, I can fondly remember waiting in line at FYE to buy a new album -- but rather I'm saying that the way we consume music is changing in such a way that makes when an album came out nearly irrelevant.
Cynic have a new EP coming out next week, and -- to spoil our upcoming review or anything -- it's quite good. The band are currently on a brief tour, and will then get back to working on their next full-length, which will be their first since 2008's Traced In Air.