Cynic sort of broke up in 2015, though whether or not the band was over seemed to be disputed. Cynic's Facebook page was run by drummer Sean Reinert, but guitarist and vocalist Paul Masvidal didn't seem to know anything about the split at the time. Reinert said the split was due to poor live performances and tour prep, and that was that.
Now as 2017 comes to a close, Reinert has officially announced he's leaving Cynic and the band will continue on with Masvidal and presumably bassist Sean Malone still in the fold. It's been looking like Masvidal and Malone have been up to something lately, and it'll be interesting to see where that goes. Obviously no word on who the new drummer will be yet, if there's a new one, though Cynic did play its final Reinert-less shows with Trioscapes drummer Matt Lynch.
Here's the full statement.
Today I post with a heavy heart, but also a lightened spirit. A settlement has been reached between Paul and I in regards to CYNIC. I am unable to disclose any of the details regarding this agreement but I am at peace with the arrangement. I am going to step aside from CYNIC and continue with my personal projects – Paul is going to continue with CYNIC and his.
I want to take this last Facebook post as an opportunity to humbly thank all of the musicians, engineers, technicians, companies, booking agents, managers, crew, press, labels and friends that I've worked with (and will likely continue to) over this past 30-year span.
Most of all – I would like to thank the fans, who to this day still blow me away with their loyalty and love. You've always been the inspiration and the fuel for the machine!
To Paul, I sincerely wish him and the musicians he hires nothing but the best.
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