Sean Malone (Cynic Bassist Dies At 50) Biography: Wiki, Age, Career, Death Cause

Who is Sean Malone? Sean Malone Bio/Wiki

Sean Malone was an American musician who played the Chapman Stick and mainly fretless bass guitar. Malone also played piano, keyboards, and guitar, however.

For different bands and musicians, Malone did a number of session jobs. He was born in 1970 in Delran, New Jersey, United States.


He was 50 years old.


He is best known for his work with the American band Cynic, in which he formed a close relationship with drummer Sean Reinert. Outside of Cynic, Malone and Reinert played together on many songs, making them one of the most beneficial modern progressive rhythm sections.

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Under his own label, Cortlandt, Malone made one album, which was released in 1996 and reissued in 2007. He also assembled and recorded the 1999 release of the Gordian Knot debut, Gordian Knot.

Contributions to the album include Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink, Blotted Science), and John Myung (Dream Theater). Emergent, a second Gordian Knot album, featured performances by Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), Steve Hackett (Genesis, GTR), and Sean Reinert, Paul Masvidal, and Jason Gobel, members of Cynic.

How Malone Joined Cynic?

Malone performed as a session member for groups ranging from Latin jazz and bossa nova to British pop music in his early career. His first high-level metal music exposure was with the Florida progressive metal band Cynic in 1993. Rather suddenly, he became Cynic’s bassist, the band had a scheduled recording of their debut album, Concentrate, in a studio where Sean Malone served as an assistant engineer, producer, and session musician.

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At that time, Cynic’s bass player, Tony Choy, quit Cynic shortly before the album, and the band asked Malone to play bass on their soon-to-be-recorded LP. With the rest of the band, Malone proved to have a reasonably good musical chemistry and ended up touring the Focus Tour in 1993. The album received very strong critical acclaim and is now regarded as one of the most important progressive metal albums.

Death Cause

Paul Masvidal confirmed, on 9 December 2020, that Malone had died. At this time, Malone’s cause of death and exact date of death has not been disclosed.

The news of the bassist’s death was shared on social media by his bandmate Paul Masvidal, who wrote, “I learned today that Sean Malone has died. I am numb and grief-stricken. He had a brilliant mind, a gracious heart, and was one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever encountered. I know that this is a shocking loss for so many fans whose lives he touched with his artistry, as it is for me. Please keep him in your thoughts and listen to his playing to celebrate his life.”

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