Unfortunately, Cynic will be going under lineup changes, losing half of its members in guitarist Tymon Kruidenier and bassist Robin Zielhorst. As it turns out, being an international band is pretty taxing when it comes to writing and touring, so they have parted ways.

Here’s the band’s statement:

“We’re announcing a change in the band’s lineup this winter.

After much soul-searching and discussion, Cynic will say goodbye to bassist Robin Zielhorst and guitarist Tymon Kruidenier. This decision was reached mutually, with great respect for each other as people and the work that we’ve done over the past 2-3 years.

The logistical challenges of maintaining a band that is half based in The Netherlands and the other half in the United States (drummer Sean Reinert and guitarist Paul Masvidal live in California) has become unworkable.

The pre-production stages for Cynic’s next release have just begun and it seemed like an appropriate time to define the next chapter of the band. The new Cynic release is coming in summer 2011 on the Season of Mist label.”

To be honest, as far as bassists go, Robin was pretty replaceable, as the basslines never stood out much in recent material, but Tymon was a great fit for Cynic. This update is bittersweet in that we are also getting confirmation of a new Cynic album in 2011. As long as Paul and Sean are the core members, I can live with this. This also means that Tymon and Robin are now free to work on new Exivious material, which is what they actually plan on doing. On top of that, Cynic are planning a re-mix and re-release of Focus.

I’m starting to be okay with this.

No replacements have been announced yet. We’ll let you know when we find something out!

– JR

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