After playing in other bands for a couple of years, Masvidal moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to spend some time with his brother and get a different perspective on life. He eventually got a full-ride scholarship to the Musicians Institute, where he studied jazz guitar and began doing session work for TV and other gigs. Reinert followed him a year later, and the pair continued to work together on music. Over the next decade, Focus became a hit album with clued-in metalheads fond of its ornate guitar playing and Masvidal's mysterious-sounding, effects-heavy vocals. It was reissued in 2004.

Two years later, Masvidal and Reinert restarted Cynic with a slightly different lineup to play the metal festival circuit in Europe, and in 2008, it recorded a new album, Traced in Air, that featured less growled vocals and a more well-rounded sound. Ever innovating, the group released the Re-Traced EP this past May, on which it reinterpreted its own music on Traced in Air. And the band intends to work on a new album upon completing its current tour.

Although Masvidal has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years now, he still feels connected to the Magic City. He misses his family and friends as well as the little things Miamians might take for granted. "I miss the warm water," he says. "The Pacific Ocean is not as friendly as the Atlantic, that's for sure." He then laughs and sounds surprised at this next admission: "I even began to appreciate the humidity, because I realized living on the West Coast, you don't really get a whole lot of it. But when I go back to South Florida and visit it, it's like, 'OK, I can see where this works.' "

Only a Cynic would say these guys don't rock.
Only a Cynic would say these guys don't rock.

Location Info


Culture Room

3045 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fort Lauderdale


Cynic, with Intronaut and Dysrhythmia. 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 13, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $14.99. Click here.

Masvidal will have plenty of time to analyze South Florida's humidity when Cynic pulls into town for its Fort Lauderdale show. It's a concert that bears a special significance for him, especially since he and his bandmates will be playing Focus in its entirety as well as songs from Traced in Air. "It's amazing," he says. "It's the whole circle. For us to actually have the last show there is just insane. I think everyone in my entire family and friends — everyone's coming. It's gonna be a lot of fun."

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