Yesterday, progressive metal band Cynic announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Tymon Kruidenier and bassist Robin Zielhorst. The following statement was released by the band via their website:

“We’re announcing a change in the band’s lineup this winter. After much soul-searching and discussion, Cynic will say goodbye to bassist Robin Zielhorst and guitarist Tymon Kruidenier. This decision was reached mutually, with great respect for each other as people and the work that we’ve done over the past 2-3 years. The logistical challenges of maintaining a band that is half based in The Netherlands and the other half in the United States (drummer Sean Reinert and guitarist Paul Masvidal live in California), has become unworkable. The pre-production stages for Cynic’s next release have just begun and it seemed like an appropriate time to define the next chapter of the band. The new Cynic release is coming in summer 2011 on the Season of Mist label.”

Singer/guitarist Paul Masvidal added the following:

“Tymon and Robin are great guys whose hard work made it possible for Cynic to get back out on the road and tour the world with Traced In Air. I’m really grateful for their contribution and presence, and look forward to seeing where their talents and music will take them next.”

Bassist Robin Zielhorst added the following comment about his departure:

“It has been an honor to play and perform in Cynic. Tymon and I would like to thank Paul and Sean for the opportunity and to especially thank the fans for their support and for warmly welcoming us into the Cynic family. We look forward to seeing you all on the road soon.”

While the remainder of Cynic will begin the pre-production stage of their new album, Kruidenier and Zielhorst are working together on new music for their band Exivious. It is unsure whether Cynic will search for new members before recording a new album or upon the album’s completion. We will keep you posted when more is revealed.