Reviews - kindly bent to free us
"Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and nothing can reach them so little as criticism. Only love can grasp them and keep hold of them and be just to them. Always trust yourself and your own feelings as opposed to any such analysis, review or introduction; if you should be wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will lead you slowly and in time to new realizations. Allow your judgments their own quiet, undisturbed development, which like all progress must come from deep within you and cannot be forced or hastened by anything. The whole thing is to carry the full time and then give birth; to let every impression and every germ of a feeling consummate itself entirely within itself, in that which is dark, inexpressible, unconscious and unattainable by your own intelligence, and to await the hour of the delivery of a new clearness of vision. That alone is to live an artistic life, in understanding, as in creating."
— Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) from Letters to a Young Poet
[Kindly Bent to Free Us] is an album that transcends all the limitations of genre and era, and in the end will come to represent what you want it to be, nothing more, nothing less. There are few albums which can claim such a remarkable hold.
Malcome Dome, Prog Magazine U.K.
Kindly Bent To Free Us is a journey of the self, and towards self-awareness. This is a message more people need in their lives, looking forward, as they reflect inward.
Keith Chachkes , Ghost Cult Magazine
In only five years, [Cynic] evolved from an atavistic thrash band to a frame-breaking alloy of technical death metal and thundering jazz fusion.
Grayson Currin, Pitchfork Magazine
Kindly Bent to Free Us [is] an album that, while most definitely in the realm of prog rock, has the kind of open, unpretentious air that makes Rush such an easy-to-love band.
If Focus was the cutting edge kid who didn't even realise the infernos that were being set in the wake of his actions, and if Traced In Air was the returning, once-absent adult with everything to prove, Kindly Bent To Free Us is the confident elder statesmen who accepts living life with the knowledge that, at some point, you can only be you.
Cynic utilize their skills to construct great melodies and riffs, which often blossom into solid tunes that demand the listener’s attention.
Cynic may have started out as a technical death metal band two decades ago, but they’ve since evolved into one of the leading voices in prog rock with a sound more nuanced than pummeling, “Kindly” being among their most adventurous, melodically refined works.
Kindly Bent To Free Us is nothing short of exceptional. It’s beautiful, moving and has enough ferocity to be entertaining, but it also carries a certain stillness to reflect on.
The alchemy of front man Paul Masvidal (vocals, guitars & keyboards) combined with rhythmaniac Sean Reinert (drums) and the technically divine Sean Malone (bass), make Cynic one of the finest Prog Rock bands to have ever of landed on Planet Earth.
Kindly Bent To Free Us is a huge album in scope and achievement.
Tony Conley, Rock Guitar Daily
Cynic have achieved a spiritual release/awakening with their music.
There are not enough words to praise Cynic for having created an album as varied, colourful and inspiring as “Kindly Bent To Free Us.”
John Stefanis, Get Ready to Rock