Sean Malone, the longtime bassist for Cynic, has died at the age of 50. The information of the bassist’s dying was shared by his bandmate Paul Masvidal, who wrote on social media, “I realized at the moment that Sean Malone has died. I’m numb and grief stricken. He had an excellent thoughts, a gracious coronary heart and was one of many best musicians I’ve ever encountered. I do know that this can be a surprising loss for therefore many followers whose lives he touched along with his artistry, as it’s for me. Please preserve him in your ideas and take heed to his taking part in to rejoice his life.”
His publish is accessible right here:
Malone’s explanation for dying and actual date of dying haven’t been revealed at this time.
Malone Joined Cynic in 1993 & Was Considered One of Its Key Members Alongside Drummer Sean Reinart, Who Died Earlier This Year
Malone was thought of considered one of Cynic’s basic members because the bass participant who appeared on all of their three full-length albums, becoming a member of the band in 1993 for its first album, “Focus.” He left the band for a while however returned in 2008 in time for file “Traced in Air.” He performed with the band on-and-off earlier than rejoining it completely in 2012 and was the bassist for the 2014 album “Kindly Bent to Free Us,” Metal Sucks reported.
Malone was identified for taking part in the fretless bass and integrating that sound into steel but additionally labored as a session bassist throughout his time away from Cynic, the place he appeared on over 50 information. He additionally launched his personal album, “Cortlandt” in 1996. Beyond his musical profession, Malone wrote 4 books about bass, “Music Theory For Bassists”, “Dictionary Of Bass Grooves”, “Rock Bass” and “A Portrait of Jaco: The Solos Collection.” He additionally taught music idea because the assistant professor at the University of Central Missouri and Carnegie Mellon University, Blabbermouth reported.
In a 2015 interview, Malone spoke about being outlined as a “steel” bassist:
It’s true that my relationship with Cynic has been a bit unconventional all of those years, however given the band’s historical past it’s comprehensible that some have considered me as being a “steel” bassist. To me although, steel—because it pertains to Cynic — has at all times been extra of a musical texture than a life-style. And I’ve at all times considered myself as simply being a bassist, not any explicit type of bassist; the politics of musical style are misplaced on me. …
But at the middle of all the pieces is just this: sum musicus — I’m a musician, one who occurs to take pleasure in finding out, composing, and educating music as a lot as performing it.
Malone had a robust musical partnership with fellow Cynic member Sean Reinart, who died earlier this yr. In January 2020, Reinart, the Cynic drummer, was discovered unresponsive at his house at the age of 48. Malone spoke about his bandmate at the time, Blabbermouth wrote, and mentioned Reinart “provided his belief throughout each rehearsal, each recording, and each efficiency we ever did, and it is seemingly that I’ll by no means expertise the identical once more. The fact is that we’re all fortunate — fortunate to have been alive whereas Sean Reinert was making music.”
People Shared Their Memories of Malone & Posted Tributes to the Bassist on Social Media
When information of Malone’s dying was shared on-line, many responded with shock and grief at the information of the bassist’s sudden dying. In response to Masvidal’s publish saying Malone’s dying, one fan wrote, “Wtf? Most underrated musician on the planet. On the Cynic tour in (*50*) at City Limits he generously wrote out the total transcriptions of his bass components for Veil of Maya once I was like 12. Extremely beneficiant individual. I nonetheless have these. RIP.”
Another added, “What a horrible yr. So sorry to listen to this.” One fan wrote, “WHAT?! he impressed me a lot as a younger musician.” And one other response reads: “One of probably the most proficient bass gamers ever. RIP.”
Here have been another reactions on social media from different followers and musicians:
Totally shocked and unhappy to listen to of Sean Malone’s passing…he was an incredible bass and stick participant that I had the pleasure of working with many instances by the years. He was my Geddy in Cygnus & The Sea Monsters, he performed on the first OSI album w me…(cont.) pic.twitter.com/QKzt8VuhYN
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) December 10, 2020
Sad information, certainly. I’d solely met #SeanMalone a few times however revered him as a critical musician, underrated & with unusual range. It’s unlucky #Cynic is so missed, occupying an area that is like a subgenre inside subgenres (the prog/alt aspect of 90s dying steel) RIP https://t.co/D3W88kyKgY
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) December 10, 2020
rattling first Sean Reinert handed away earlier this yr now Sean Malone too 😭 pic.twitter.com/XwAhclG4Kh
— rendi (@rendigrimkvlt) December 10, 2020
The passing Sean Reinert and now Sean Malone in the identical yr is tough to make sense of. Very merciless. pic.twitter.com/0vFsd2wnuc
— David Fonseca (@davefons) December 10, 2020