Former Cynic and Death drummer Sean Reinert has died, aged 48.
Reinert formed prog metal pioneers Cynic with guitarist Paul Masvidal back in 1987. The band always stood out from the then burgeoning death metal scene and released their groundbreaking debut Focus in 1993. They disbanded in 1994 but returned to activity with 2008’s Traced In Air. Seven years later Reienrt left the band due to artistic and personal differences but the same day Masvidal announced the band would continue.
The drummer also appeared on Death’s 1991 album Human. The album marked the beginning of a major stylistic change for Death, being more technically complex and progressive than the band’s previous efforts. The lyrics are more introspective when compared to the gore-based lyrics of Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy or the social commentary on Spiritual Healing. This new style would continue to evolve on all following Death albums. This is the only album to feature Cynic members Paul Masvidal on guitars and Sean Reinert on drums, and the first to feature bassist Steve DiGiorgio.
Reinert later worked with the US prog rock band Perfect Beings, although they announced they’d split up earlier this year.
Reinert’s former band mate Paul Masvidal earlier posted a plain black image on his Twitter and Instagram page as well as the Cynic Facebook page. There has been no further comment from the band as yet.