Never Got a Chance to See Cynic with Sean Malone on Bass? Here He Is Playing Through “Veil of Maya”

Sean Malone doesn’t tour with Cynic, although he’s played bass on all 3 of the band’s full-length records and the Carbon-Based Anatomy EP. It’s of course completely understandable that the touring life isn’t for everyone, but with playing of his caliber it’s such a shame that you’ve likely never had a chance to see Malone perform with the band that made him the bass hero to many a progressive metal low-end nerd. Unless you’re old enough to have caught Cynic in the early 90s, your hope of catching him with the band is slim to nil.

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So let’s enjoy the next best thing: Sean Malone at his home studio, sliding his way around an Ibanez Soundgear 5-string fretless (it looks like the SR5005E mentioned on his Wikipedia page) in a playthrough of Cynic’s classic “Veil of Maya,” from the Focus album.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.