Blog•May 8, 2014 9:03 AM ET
Cynic, ex-Death members openly discuss their sexuality for the first time
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.