Member:
1987-1995 Cynic - vocals, guitar  
1990-1993 Death - guitars  
1994-1995 Portal [USA] - guitar, vocals  
2000- Æon Spoke - lead vocals, guitars, keyboards  
2006- Cynic - vocals, guitar  
Studio musician:
2013 Jim Carrey - guitars  
Live musician:
2012 Death - guitars  
Guest musician:
1991 Master - guitars  
2003 Gordian Knot - guitars  
2008 Kalisia - guitar solo  
2009 Exivious - guitars  
2011 Devin Townsend - vocals  


Interviews

28.12.2008 Cynic
05.07.2007 Cynic


Personal information

Born on: 20.01.1971

Paul Masvidal (Born January 20th, 1971) is the guitarist, singer and a founding member of the recently reunited progressive metal band Cynic and currently also leads the band Æon Spoke. Born in Puerto Rico, Masvidal is of Cuban/Spanish descent and grew up in the suburbs of Miami, Florida.

In 1989, when Masvidal was in high school, he toured Mexico as a replacement guitarist for the band Death but declined an invitation to permanently join the band in order to remain committed to Cynic. This had many metal journalists curious at the time, since Death were emerging as an influential and popular underground act, but Masvidal stuck to his guns and claimed to firmly believe in Cynic. However, in 1991 Masvidal and a fellow Cynic member, drummer Sean Reinert, were recruited by Death to record Human, arguably Death's most critically acclaimed release. After touring the world with Death they both returned to Cynic in 1992. Masvidal also recorded On the Seventh Day God Created... Master by Master.

1993 saw the release of Focus, (regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal) on the Roadrunner label, the only album Cynic recorded. Roadrunner re-released it in 2005 as a special collector's edition due to high demand. After Cynic's disbandment Masvidal has been a member of the Cynic spin-off Portal and more recently his current band, Æon Spoke, which features Masvidal's childhood friend and drummer Reinert, also from Miami. It was also announced, via the Cynical Sphere web site in Autumn 2006, that Cynic would be reforming for a tour, featuring Masvidal and Reinert. This took place in early summer 2007.

Based in Los Angeles, Æon Spoke have been described as 'progressive ethereal rock' and had a full-length release in 2007 on SPV Records. In 2004, the band received some airplay in the UK for the single Silence, including BBC Radio 2 and XFM, leading to a week of London gigs and radio appearances. The following year, the track Emmanuel appeared in the film What the Bleep Do We Know!? and the band returned to the UK. One of their tracks also appeared on the Warner Brothers television series Smallville.

Masvidal also writes and performs music for television and motion pictures.