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.

allmusic.com


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.

bravewords.com


Cynic utilize their skills to construct great melodies and riffs, which often blossom into solid tunes that demand the listener’s attention.

Jeff Perlah, Revolver Magazine


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.

Las Vegas Review-Journal


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.

Bearded Gentlemen Music


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.

burningfist.co.uk


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.

Worm Gear Magazine


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


Another über-heavyweight of 2014, Kindly Bent To Free Us is a rare piece that reaches the hype that precedes it and, in surprising fashion, manages to destroy whatever expectations remained.

deadrhetoric.com


Instead of providing something blissfully immediate with complex machinations under it, Kindly Bent is all moving parts powered by the soul for which the band is known.

Metalsucks.net


Cynic’s greatest strength is that discovering and exploring their material is a journey to be experienced and not to be quickly consumed.

Chad Bowar, heavymetal.about.com


[Kindly Bent To Free Us] travels through experimental, metal, and jazz infused passages without a single transition feeling out of place.

ampsandgreenscreens.com


The musicianship is flawless throughout the album and the mixing is genius.

ultimate-guitar.com


A gift of progressive rock, generous and touching.

spirit-of-metal.com


"Kindly Bent to Free Us" is a deep, deep listen.

loudwire.com


Pushing the definition of what metal is, Cynic have once again released a quality album which will be very important in the story of progressive metal and metal as a whole.

metalholic.com


Those who have enjoyed and appreciated this "second life" of Cynic will be pleasantly impressed with their latest CD, which even now, arises as one of the best releases of 2014.

metallus.it


In short, Cynic have created an all time classic with Kindly Bent to Free Us.

Matt Baggins, Two Guys Metal Reviews


“Kindly…” is a departure to an unusual landscape. I would recommend it a hundred times.

technicaldeathmetal.com


Three great musicians have come up with almost perfect material, where their ability to blend created something otherworldly and incredibly positive.

metalexpress.sk