Cynic (2) ‎– Focus

Roadrunner Records ‎– 168 618 258-2
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered

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1 Cynic (2) Veil Of Maya
Soloist [1st Solo] – JG*Soloist [2nd Solo] – PM*
2 Cynic (2) Celestial Voyage
Soloist [1st Solo] – PM*Soloist [2nd Solo] – JG*
3 Cynic (2) The Eagle Nature
Soloist [Solo] – PM*
4 Cynic (2) Sentiment 4:24
5 Cynic (2) I'm But A Wave To...
Soloist [1st Solo] – JG*Soloist [2nd Solo] – PM*
6 Cynic (2) Uroboric Forms
Soloist [Solo] – JG*
7 Cynic (2) Textures 4:40
8 Cynic (2) How Could I
Soloist [1st Solo] – PM*Soloist [2nd Solo] – JG*
Bonus Tracks
9 Cynic (2) Veil Of Maya (2004 Remix)
Soloist [1st Solo] – JG*Soloist [2nd Solo] – PM*
10 Cynic (2) I'm But A Wave To... (2004 Remix)
Soloist [1st Solo] – JG*Soloist [2nd Solo] – PM*
11 Cynic (2) How Could I (2004 Remix)
Soloist [1st Solo] – PM*Soloist [2nd Solo] – JG*
12 Portal (3) Cosmos
Soloist [Solo] – PM*
13 Portal (3) The Circle's Gone
Soloist [Solo] – Aruna
14a Portal (3) Endless Endeavors 3:54
14b Cynic (2) I'm But A Wave To... (Instrumental)
Soloist [1st Solo] – JG*Soloist [2nd Solo] – PM*

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Slipcase box. Label on front reads:
- The metal masterpiece now remastered for supreme sound
- 6 Bonus Tracks
- Deluxe booklet contains new artwork, new liner notes, previously unseen pictures and a personal message from Paul Masvidal"

Tracks 1 to 8 is the original "Focus" album, remastered.
Tracks 9 to 11 & 14b are remixes of "Focus" songs.
Tracks 12 to 14a are demos taken from the 1994 "Portal Demo" (Fall 1994), a post-Cynic project that featured Gobel, Masvidal and Reinert alongside Aruna Abrams and Chris Kringel (who was also the touring bassist for Cynic).

Original album recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, FL.
Reissue mastered at Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA.
Tracks 9 to 11 remixed at Platinum Gold, Venice, CA, July 2004.

Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V.
℗&© 1993, 2004 The All Blacks B.V.
All songs published by Roadblock Music, Inc./Lotus Feet Music c/o BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).

Made in the U.S.A.
Printed in the U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 16861 82582 9
  • Matrix / Runout: ['Universal' logo] 168 618 2582 01% D
  • Matrix / Runout (Moulded): MADE IN USA BY UML
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L007
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0399
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0377

Other Versions (5 of 25) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RR 9169-2 Cynic (2) Focus(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records RR 9169-2 USA & Canada 1993 Sell This Version
RR 9169-4 Cynic (2) Focus(Cass, Album) Roadrunner Records RR 9169-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
MASS CD 0834 Cynic (2) Focus(CD, Album) Metal Mind Productions MASS CD 0834 Poland 2001 Sell This Version
none Cynic (2) Focus(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Cynic (3) none Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
168 618 258-2 Cynic (2) Focus(CD, Album, Club, RM) Roadrunner Records 168 618 258-2 US 2004 Sell This Version



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October 21, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
The 1 star rating is for the master. This album is brilliant, as everyone knows. It flows like a true cheese-prog masterwork, the drumming is beatiful, musicianship is masterful all round. Not very Death Metal for a supposed Death Metal band (they did some more Deathy demos) as they changed from all throating to cheesy vocoder robot voices but it works to creat something unique.
But this verison (the roadrunenr remaster with bonus tracks) is a TOTAL PIECE OF SHIT!! Don;t buy it!! They pushed everything up so high that the guitars just sound really harsh and nasty, the drums sound too dense or compressed or something and the bass is pretty much lost, you can feel it but can't hear the notes.
The original master sounded beautiful, really nice and open. This one is a disgrace, as are most remasters. Just leave these albums sounding how they did when the bands and producers were in the studio!!