Cynic is an American progressive rock band—incorporating experimental music, alternative, metal and jazz fusion elements—founded in Miami, Florida and currently based in Los Angeles, California. Their first album, Focus, released on September 14, 1993, is widely regarded as a landmark release of the progressive metal genre. Cynic disbanded in 1994, but reunited in 2006, and released their second album on November 17, 2008.Traced in Air was released through French label Season of Mist, followed up by an EP titled Re-Traced on May 18, 2010.
Cynic was formed by guitarist (and now singer) Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert in 1987. In 1988, the band made their first recording, simply called the '88 Demo.