Sean Reinert Cause of Death: American and Drummer Musician Dead at 48.
He was a member of the band on Spoke and a drummer for the band till his death on January 24th, 2020.
Cynic, of which he was a founding member and drummer, parted ways with him in September of that year.
Dave Weckl, Gary Husband, and Vinnie Colaiuta are among the drummers he cites as major inspirations in his early years.
As part of Death’s Human album in 1991, Cynic members Reinert and Paul Masvidal joined the band. Many consider this album to be the beginning of technical death metal. He rejoined Cynic after a tour with Death.
The Roadrunner Records label released Focus in 1993, recognized as a seminal release in the realm of technical/progressive metal.
A special collector’s edition was published by Roadrunner in 2005 due to overwhelming demand. Portal, a Cynic spin-off band, issued a demo but disintegrated after Reinert was a member of the group.
Reinert continues to write and perform music for television series and movies after moving to Los Angeles.
Reinert and Masvidal formed on Spoke in 1999, an “ethereal rock” band, together. The band released two albums in 2004 and 2007, which received national and satellite airplay,
performed, hosted radio appearances, and even appeared on television shows and movie soundtracks.
When Cynic announced that they would reunite for a tour in the summer of 2007, it was around this time.
A follow-up to Focus, Traced in Air was released in 2008 and accompanied by further tour dates for the restored band. On May 10, 2010, a new EP with Cynic was supposed to be released. It was recorded in 2009.
Reinert and fellow Cynic Paul Masvidal come out as gay in 2014. Reinert told the Los Angeles Times in 2014, “Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every sort of music, and we always have been.
The courage to ultimately say, “If you have an issue with it, then throw out our records,” has taken me years of courage. ‘That’s not my problem, that’s yours.’
Rob Halford, heavy metal and LGBT hero, was among those who praised Reinert and Masvidal for their courage. Masvidal’s guitar manufacturer, Vik Kuletski of Vik Guitars was among those who were less supportive.
Determination of The Manner of Death
On the 24th of January, 2020, Reinert passed away. Tom, Reinert’s spouse, is the only survivor.
Reinert has a long drumming resume that includes work with Cynic, James LaBrie, Gordian Knot, and Portal. Kelly Schaefer, a longtime friend of Sean Reinert’s, diagnosed his death as cardiac failure.
Peter Wildoer of Darkane, Brann Dailor of Mastodon Gene Hoglan Richard Christy Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork
and Megadeth Chris Pennie of The Dillinger Escape Plan George Kollias of Nile John Merryman of Cephalic Carnage Daniel Moilanen of Katatonia Elliot Hoffman of Car Bomb Evan Sammons of Last Chance to Reason has all cited Reinert as an influence.
Hannes Grossmann, Kai Hahto of Nightwish, Dan Presland of Ne Obliviscaris, and Danny Walker of Intronaut have all expressed love for his work.