Traced in Air
Traced in Air
Album info
ReleaseNovember 17, 2008
Recorded2008, Broken Wave Studios, Los Angeles
GenreProgressive metal progressive rock, jazz fusion
LabelSeason of Mist
ProducerPaul Masvidal, Sean Reinert

Traced in Air is the second full-length studio album by the progressive metal band Cynic.


Cynic disbanded during the fall of 1994 while working on a new album. On January 17, 2008, Cynic resumed musical activity and Paul Masvidal said he wanted to complete the project after the Reunion Tour.

It was originally believed that Cynic would be working with Jason Suecof of Capharnaum fame. However, Warren Riker (Down's producer) was working with the band.

Tymon Kruidenier was then announced as replacement for Senescu. Kruidenier is also handling the death growls for the album.

On July 19, 2008, Cynic announced through YouTube that the album's name is Traced in Air.[1]

The release date for Traced in Air was pushed back to November 17, 2008 in Europe, and November 25, 2008 in North America.[2]

All album artwork was designed by Robert Venosa.[3]

Style Edit

In 2008, drummer Sean Reinert gave an update on the second studio album and its musical style in an interview with Metal Hammer saying:

"Yeah we got tons and tons of stuff lying around man from '94 [1994] to the present day man, it's gonna be great. Everyone can expect something stylistically the same as Focus but more upbeat, energetic and most important of all, pretty god damn brutal! I mean we're gonna mix in Bullacake by Niche Dexplicit into one of our songs but will be using real scary riffs and solos and more savage growling as well as Paul's robotic vocals and keyboarding. Basically all the shit which was there on Focus is all gonna be there with this new one too. But with some new things bundled in and a bit more brutal. It's gonna be good"

- Sean Reinert

Paul Masvidal announced in 2008 in an interview with Kerrang! magazine that the band were including two unreleased songs from when the band were working on the album in 1994, into the album.

In July 2008, Blabbermouth revealed Masvidal had this to say on the album:

"We've been on an amazing journey discovering this new music and soon it will be yours. Expect the unexpected. The album is an intensely concentrated mosaic of internal and external energies, from the deepest peace to the purest aggression. There's an acquired taste that comes with a record of this density, but once your ears wrap themselves around the language at work, everything falls into place and suddenly you'll feel a sudden urge to sing, scream or maybe even cry. The album has a beginning, middle and end. The story will reveal itself after numerous listens and then you may not want to let go. Besides Reinert and I, Tymon brought some new life force and magic to the record with fierce growling and poetic guitar sensibilities. Malone also did a fine job with the low end, grooving away with Reinert in a pocket land from hell!"

- Paul Masvidal[4]
The first track and the last track of this album juxtapose each other by being exact opposites, both different philosophies of time. Nunc fluens, Latin for "flowing now," is the belief in time and the flow of it through an eternity, never beginning nor stopping. Nunc stans, Latin for "abiding now," is the belief that time itself doesn't exist, and that any distinctions between now, before and the future have either fallen away or don't exist.[5]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Nunc Fluens" – 2:56
  2. "The Space for This" – 5:46
  3. "Evolutionary Sleeper" – 3:35
  4. "Integral Birth" – 3:53
  5. "The Unknown Guest" – 4:13
  6. "Adam's Murmur" – 3:29
  7. "King of Those Who Know" – 6:09
  8. "Nunc Stans" – 4:13


References Edit

  1. Traced in Air preview @
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  3. Cynic's Traced In The Air Available For Download. Roadrunner Records (October 30, 2008). Retrieved on 2009-01-26.
  4. Cynic: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed. Roadrunner Records (July 25, 2008). Retrieved on 2009-05-05.
  5. ETERNITY. Retrieved on 2010-08-019.

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