Traced in Air

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Traced in Air
Studio album by Cynic
Released November 17, 2008[1]
Recorded 2008,[2] Broken Wave Studios,
Los Angeles
Genre Progressive metal
Length 32:54
Label Season of Mist[3]
Producer Paul Masvidal, Sean Reinert
Cynic chronology
Traced in Air
Re-Traced (2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Blabbermouth (9/10)[6]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[7]
Terrorizer Magazine (9.5/10) (Dec 2008)

Traced in Air is the second full-length album by the progressive metal band Cynic. It is the first album since their 1993 debut Focus.


Cynic disbanded during the fall of 1994 while working on a new album. On January 17, 2008, Cynic resumed musical activity and Paul Masvidal said he wanted to complete the project after the Reunion Tour.

It was originally believed that Cynic would be working with Jason Suecof of Capharnaum fame. However, Warren Riker (Down's producer) was working with the band.

Tymon Kruidenier was then announced as a hired replacement for Senescu. Kruidenier also handled the death growls for the album.

On July 19, 2008, Cynic announced through YouTube that the album's name is Traced in Air.[8]

The release date for Traced in Air was pushed back to November 17, 2008 in Europe, and November 25, 2008 in North America.[1]

All album artwork was designed by Robert Venosa.[9]


In 2008, drummer Sean Reinert gave an update on the second studio album and its musical style in an interview with Metal Hammer saying:

Paul Masvidal announced in 2008 in an interview with Kerrang! magazine that the band were including two unreleased songs from when the band were working on the album in 1994, into the album.

In July 2008, Blabbermouth revealed Masvidal had this to say on the album:

The first track and the last track of this album juxtapose each other by being exact opposites, both different philosophies of time. Nunc fluens, Latin for "flowing now," is the belief in time and the flow of it through an eternity, never beginning nor stopping. Nunc stans, Latin for "abiding now," is the belief that time itself doesn't exist, and that any distinctions between now, before and the future have either fallen away or don't exist.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Nunc Fluens" – 2:56
  2. "The Space for This" – 5:46
  3. "Evolutionary Sleeper" – 3:35
  4. "Integral Birth" – 3:53
  5. "The Unknown Guest" – 4:13
  6. "Adam's Murmur" – 3:29
  7. "King of Those Who Know" – 6:09
  8. "Nunc Stans" – 4:13



  1. ^ a b Cynic's Traced in Air Date Pushed Back to November: News @
  2. ^ Cynic Interview @
  3. ^ Cynic Sign to Season of Mist. News @
  4. ^ Bowar, Chad. Cynic - 'Traced In Air' Retrieved on 2011-05-03.
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Traced in Air Retrieved on 2011-05-03.
  6. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. Cynic Traced in Air (Season of Mist) Retrieved on 2011-05-03.
  7. ^ Hanson, John A. Cynic Traced in Air 2008-11-18. Retrieved on 2011-05-03.
  8. ^ Traced in Air preview on YouTube
  9. ^ "Cynic's Traced In The Air Available For Download". Roadrunner Records. October 30, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Cynic: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed". Roadrunner Records. July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  11. ^ "ETERNITY". Retrieved 2010-08-019.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)