BlogMay 8, 2014 9:03 AM ET

Cynic, ex-Death members openly discuss their sexuality for the first time

Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal

In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, former Death and current Cynic members Paul Masvidal (guitar, vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums) openly discuss their sexuality (they're both gay) and its impact on their participation in the metal scene.

According to the piece, "Though they've been comfortably out for years in their private lives, the two haven't yet spoken about their sexuality in the context of their music." The two stress that they've never been attracted to each other.

"I see all those old dudes out there just banging their heads to our records," Reinert said. "And I have to think — 'That stuff you're banging your head to? That is some gay, gay metal, man.'"

Masvidal came out to friends and family in 1991, while Reinert took "a bit" longer.

Publicly, the two have been kept to themselves, dodging interviewers questions related to "hypothetical wives and kids."

Reinert relayed a particularly bad experience following a date. "I went on a date with this one awful guy who blogged about it on his website," Reinert said. "So for years, if you typed my name into Google, the second thing that came up, after 'Sean Reinert Drummer,' was 'Sean Reinert Gay.'"

"It's one thing to make out with your bandmates and just 'play gay' because it's edgy," Masvidal said. "It's another thing to actually live it."

"Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been," Reinert said. "It's taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, 'If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That's your problem, not mine.'"

It's an interesting read, and we applaud the pair for telling their story.

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anonymous 5/8/2014 6:32:57 AM

probably blast beating each other off


anonymous 5/8/2014 6:45:58 AM

Seriously dude? Doesn't this just prove that homophobic metal fans are idiots?


anonymous 5/8/2014 6:56:06 AM

Good for them. Their music has not changed for the better or for the worse because of their sexuality. Homophobia has no place in any social community, especially the metal scene. Happy for them.


anonymous 5/8/2014 7:06:10 AM

It's a shame that we live in the 21st century and people still have to complain about who they love or how they choose to live their lives. Music or work is not less enjoyable from hetero to gay people its just ridicilous...


anonymous 5/8/2014 7:24:21 AM

This proves that heavy metal music makes you gay


nodicenate 5/8/2014 7:44:01 AM

Chuck Schuldiner referred to this in the song "The Philosopher" just two years after both guys were his bandmates on the "Human" record.


anonymous 5/8/2014 7:45:32 AM

Coming out - something most lambgoat posters will never have the courage to do.


anonymous 5/8/2014 7:48:12 AM

I'm gay - anonymous


anonymous 5/8/2014 8:02:56 AM

all there is to say is...who the fuuck really cares?


anonymous 5/8/2014 8:18:29 AM

I can now finally say it. Guys, I'm gay as the dickens. -frank palmeri, emmure


brokenhero 5/8/2014 8:34:33 AM

anonymous posted 1 hour ago probably blast beating each other off fcking lol


anonymous 5/8/2014 8:47:42 AM

Maris The Great is stoked


xBEARFIGHTx 5/8/2014 8:52:56 AM

"anonymous posted 25 minutes ago I can now finally say it. Guys, I'm gay as the dickens. -frank palmeri, emmure" This made me laugh so hard, kudos to you sir!


anonymous 5/8/2014 9:50:57 AM

huge no care. why make a big deal?


anonymous 5/8/2014 9:59:05 AM

emmure should be on this


anonymous 5/8/2014 10:20:00 AM

Desperate for news much?? Jesus man, this is the furthest thing from newsworthy...


thetowerofrome 5/8/2014 11:12:19 AM

"I see all those old dudes out there just banging their heads to our records," Reinert said. "And I have to think — 'That stuff you're banging your head to? That is some gay, gay metal, man.'" LOL. Sad this is even news, and that coming out is an issue in our society.


anonymous 5/8/2014 1:15:03 PM

The only guys who are mad about this are the big fat old dudes wearing Metallica shirts at the back of the mosh pit at Deathcore shows.


anonymous 5/8/2014 2:30:31 PM

I was sad to hear I had to wait for the new Opeth album ...was hoping for some new music. But it's ok since Cynic came out today.


anonymous 5/8/2014 2:39:37 PM

If i saw a dude holding the mic like that, I'd think he was flaming too.


anonymous 5/8/2014 4:38:11 PM

"Band releases crappy album and needs publicity."


anonymous 5/8/2014 4:58:15 PM

So? I fck women? Want a fckin cookie for fcking men?


anonymous 5/8/2014 5:43:17 PM

'This proves that heavy metal music makes you gay' LOL 'publicity' comment for the win


anonymous 5/8/2014 7:55:28 PM

Kindly bent to peen us.


anonymous 5/8/2014 8:27:17 PM

Good for them, seriously. It's dumb that someone else's sexual orientation would be of any concern to anyone, but I'm sure there are people out there whose heads are exploding at the thought of this.


anonymous 5/9/2014 11:42:27 AM

" and that coming out is an issue in our society" It's actually not an issue at all, gay. virtually no one cares who anyone fcks. Some people might care if you act like you deserve special consideration hero for being a queer.