Throwback Thursday Concert Review: Cynic’s “Re-traced, Re-focused Tour” (Chicago, IL)


Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame Tour

CYNIC w/ Intronaut & Dysrythmia

July 31, 2010

The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL

May of 2010 marked the announcement of one of the most anticipated shows of the summer: a Cynic headlining tour. But this was more than just your run-of-the-mill headlining tour. Getting to hear their whole classic album Focus in it’s entirety as well as hang out with the band via the VIP package sold on the band’s website is what hailed it as one of the most intimate, epic shows of all time.

We left St. Louis around 11:30AM the day of the show, a little later than expected, but made good time until we got into the suburbs and the city limits of Chicago. Once we hit the traffic it took us an extra hour and a half to get to the venue. Nevertheless we got to the venue around 6pm and proceeded to the line for those with the VIP package. Paul, Sean, Tymon, and Robin came out to the bar area and hung out for about an hour to mingle with the fans. Two guys in our caravan – Fernando & John – had scheduled a guitar lesson with Tymon and had hoped to get it in before the meet & greet, but instead we ended up going back to the backstage area for about 45 minutes before the first band went on and hung out while they got their lesson.

The first band of the night was Dysrhythmia, a progressive-instrumental four-piece from Queens, New York. I had listened to them a little bit leading up to the show and I checked out a few songs from their performance. They have a eclectic sound of comparable to Explosions in the Sky and Isis. They played 4 or 5 songs, but because I wasn’t too familiar with them I don’t have a setlist.

Next up was Los Angeles jazzy, poly-rhythmic metal quartet Intronaut. I was really digging the material that I listened to before the show, and was not disappointed by their live show. They have a fresh sound along the ranks of bands like Mastodon, Baroness, and The Sword. My absolute favorite part of the set was during the last song, “Any Port”, in which one of the guitar players picked up a pair of drumsticks and proceeded to play an extra set of floor toms that were set up next to the main kit in vain of Soulfly’s typical interludes. Very tight live band overall. Cheers to them.


The Literal Black Cloud



Cavernous Den of Shame

Any Port

Finally… the band we’d all been waiting for. This was my 2nd time seeing Cynic, as I had caught them during the spring of 2010 in Louisville, KY with BTBAM, Devin Townsend Project, & Scale the Summit. Needless to say I was excited to see them play a nice long headlining set. They wasted little time in between songs and the set seemed to guy by ridiculously fast. The visuals for their set were exceptional. They had 2 round projection screens on either side of the stage on which they displayed images on, while their huge banner hung behind Sean and his drum kit. They also had sweet lasers that were sync’ed up with the music, especially during songs like I’m But a Wave to… and Cosmos. It was cool to hear the original version of Integral with Paul singing over the acoustic guitar before hearing the original version to close out the set. Each song listed below includes a link to the video taken at The Bottom Lounge.

Veil of Maya

Celestial Voyage

The Eagle Nature


I’m But a Wave to…

Uroboric Forms


How Could I

Integral (Acoustic from Re-Traced)

Nunc Fluens

The Space For This

Evolutionary Sleeper

The Unknown Guest

Wheels Within Wheels

Adam’s Murmur


Integral Birth (Original)

If you’re bummed out about not getting to see Cynic on this tour, Damnation’s own videographer Mackenzie Barrow recorded the entire set (with Cynic’s approval) in 720p and has posted it on YouTube at this location.


Cheers! \m/

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