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Carbon-Based Anatomy is an EP by the experimental metal band Cynic. It was released through Season of Mist on 11 November 2011.

Carbon-Based Anatomy
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EP by
Released11 November 2011
GenreProgressive metal, jazz fusion, ambient
LabelSeason of Mist
ProducerPaul Masvidal, Sean Reinert
Cynic chronology
Carbon-Based Anatomy
Kindly Bent to Free Us
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Metal Injection8.5/10 stars[2]
MetalSucks4/5 stars[3]
PowerLine4/5 stars[4]



Carbon-Based Anatomy EP is composed of six previously unheard tracks. However, the song "Carbon-Based Anatomy" is a reinterpretation of an older unreleased Æon Spoke single, "Homosapien". This was also done on Cynic's last LP, Traced In Air, as the track "Integral Birth" was an interpretation of Æon Spoke's "When Sunrise Skirts the Moor." The artwork was done by Robert Venosa, the artist who was responsible for all previous Cynic artworks. Venosa died shortly before the release of Carbon-Based Anatomy.

Three of six tracks are short, ambient-oriented pieces ("Amidst the Coals", "Bija!", and "Hieroglyph"), and represent an unprecedented musical direction for Cynic. Since the two previous hired musicians, Tymon Kruidenier and Robin Zielhorst, were let go by Masvidal and Reinert,[5] all guitar parts for this EP were recorded by Paul Masvidal. Bass parts were composed and recorded by Sean Malone, who had recorded on every Cynic release, with the exception of 2010's Re-Traced.

The artwork was designed by Robert Venosa, who designed previous works for Cynic including: Focus, Traced in Air and Re-Traced.[6]

Track listingEdit

1."Amidst the Coals"2:11
2."Carbon-Based Anatomy"6:24
4."Box Up My Bones"5:32
5."Elves Beam Out"3:59
Total length:23:01


Guest Musicians


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. [1]. 2014- 14-02. Retrieved on 2014-14-02.
  2. ^ Kit Brown (2011-11-11). "CD Review: CYNIC - Carbon-Based Anatomy". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Axel. [2]. 2011-10-19. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  4. ^ Garrison, Marc. [3]. 2011-11-03. Retrieved on 2011-11-09.
  5. ^ Interview with Paul Masvidal of Cynic,, (retrieved January 12, 2012)
  6. ^ "CYNIC: 'Carbon-Based Anatomy' EP Preview Available". October 10, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2016.