For those of you who don’t know, way back in the early 90s when Cynic had just released Focus and before their breakup, Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinhardt were also in a band called Portal (not to be confused with the abstract death metal band of the same name). For some reason, Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinhardt felt the need to compartmentalize their musical output back then and did some demos with the band.

Nowadays, Cynic has become an amalgam of Cynic and Aeon Spoke, even reworking the Aeon Spoke song ‘Homosapien‘ for ‘Carbon-Based Anatomy’. Now it looks like they plan to incorporate Portal work into their Cynic discography when they release The Portal Tapes in March. Here’s what Paul had to say:

“I never thought this day would come. A couple demos we’d record after ‘Focus’, under the name ‘Portal’, would develop a life of their own, and somehow become part of CYNIC’s larger discography. As an artist, it’s an amazingly unpredictable journey, to see these quiet labors of love, find their way, in their own time.”

The Portal Tapes will be released March 27th on Season of Mist. After the jump, you can listen to some songs you might expect to hear on The Portal Tapes.

– JR




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