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Cynic premiere brand new track Mythical Serpents

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Cynic have premiered a brand new song, Mythical Serpents, which you can listen to below.

It's the US proggers' first new music since the release of 2014's Kindly Bent To Free Us and is taken from their upcoming album Ascension Codes which will be released through Season Of Mist records on November 26.

"I invite you to sit back, close your eyes, and listen to Mythical Serpents as a fully realised piece of music," says guitarist and singer Paul Masvidal. "No phones or screens necessary, just the power of sound communicating directly into the ears of your heart. In the coming weeks, Cynic will be revealing further details on the constellation that is Ascension Codes, including a Mythical Serpents animated video, featuring the artwork of Martina Hoffmann & Robert Venosa. Stay tuned."

In the seven years since Kindly Bent To Free Us the band have been rocked by several personal tragedies, including the departure of original drummer Sean Reinart in 2015, and the subsequent death of Reinart and Cynic bass player Sean Malone in 2020. Masvidal paid tribute to Malone earlier this month.

"I have, by now, released close to one thousand albums," says president and founder of Season of Mist, Michael Berberian. "None have been more dramatic, none have even been more difficult than this one. I can’t listen to Ascension Codes without goose bumps, a mixed feeling of pride – because it’s a musical milestone, but it also contains a lingering layer of sadness. I hear Paul’s pain on this record. I can feel it, I can touch it. But it’s transcended. 'Art is to console those who are broken by life,' said Van Gogh. Here is a demonstration of that."

Pre-order Ascension Codes.


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Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.