rigemeister wrote:Cynic's Sean Reinert uses Iron Cobras, and he plays some progressive/technical/jazz death metal. If you haven't heard him, you're missing out.
Cyninc's not bad, I think they try to copy to Opeth to be honest, but they really don't have any drum parts that coincide with Death metal/core drumming, at least that I've ever heard.
Cynic came before Opeth....
And plays entirely differently from Opeth, even the latest. Opeth is more straightforward and focuses more on merging songwriting with instrumentals, Cynic is much more heavily focused on the instrumental side even though someone gave Masvidal a little bit too much time with the Vocoder on Traced in Air
Cynic is definitely Death Metal, they played an entirely different style of Death Metal, which is what a lot of other Floridian DM bands at the time were doing.
Really, blisteringly fast double bass has really only been a recent trend, you generally won't find 16ths at 200+BPM in early DM.