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Byzantine

Formed: 2000
From: Charleston, WV, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Byzantine News

Below is our complete Byzantine news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Byzantine Announce Release Date For New Album


West Virginia's forward-thinking thrashers BYZANTINE will release their new album, "Oblivion Beckons", on January 22, 2008 via Prosthetic Records. Two songs from the CD are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. According to a press release, the tracks "Nadir" and "Expansion and Collapse" showcase "the wider range" that BYZANTINE has pursued on its newest release. The album's cover artwork was created by Donnie Searls, who also directed the band's "Jeremiad" video and the "Salvation" DVD.

Regarding the musical direction of "Oblivion Beckons", BYZANTINE frontman OJ Ojeda previously said, "We took a couple different paths on this one, stripping down some things like the vocals for a more aggressive style and then going out on a limb on some other things we have never tried before. This album is more varied than anything we have done prior and, clocking in at around an hour, should have more than enough metal for all our friends and fans."

"Oblivion Beckons" track listing (in alphabetical order):

01. Absolute Horizon
02. All Hail the Endtimes
03. A Residual Haunting
04. Catalyst
05. Centurion
06. Deep End of Nothing
07. Expansion and Collapse
08. Nadir
09. Oblivion Beckons
10. Pattern Recognition
11. Receiving End of Murder
12. The Gift of Discernment

"Oblivion Beckons" is the follow-up to 2005's "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents", which received critical acclaim for progressive song structures and thrash-oriented musicianship.

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Byzantine Posts Two New Songs Online

BYZANTINE have posted two new tracks from their yet-to-be-released album on the band's MySpace page. The new album, entitled Oblivion Beckons is due out in early January 2008 through Prosthetic Records.

The tracks "Nadir" and "Expansion and Collapse" showcase the wider range that Byzantine has pursued on its newest release. "This is the very first Byzantine album in which all 4 members have contributed songs," Vocalist/rhythm guitarist OJ states, "and to my ears, it makes for a much more varied and interesting album from start to finish. This album is one hell of a ride!"

The follow-up to 2005's "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents," "Oblivion Beckons" was again recorded with producer Aaron Fischer and will feature art by longtime BYZANTINE collaborator Donnie Searls. The song listing for "Oblivion Beckons" is as follows:

1. Absolute Horizon
2. Nadir
3. Oblivion Beckons
4. The Gift of Discernment
5. Expansion and Collapse
6. Catalyst
7. Pattern Recognition
8. Renavatio
9. Centurion
10. Receiving End of Murder
11. All Hail the End Times
12. Deep End of Nothing
13. A Residual Haunting

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Byzantine To Post Two New Songs Online

BYZANTINE will unveil two new tracks from their yet-to-be-released album on the band's MySpace page on Monday, October 1. The new album, entitled "Oblivion Beckons" is due out in early January 2008 through Prosthetic Records.

The tracks "Nadir" and "Expansion and Collapse" showcase the wider range that Byzantine has pursued on its newest release. "This is the very first Byzantine album in which all 4 members have contributed songs" Vocalist/rhythm guitarist OJ states, "and to my ears, it makes for a much more varied and interesting album from start to finish. This album is one hell of a ride!"

Pre-orders for "Oblivion Beckons" will be available shortly, but in the meantime you can still scoop up BYZANTINE first ever DVD, "Salvation" here.

The follow-up to 2005's "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents," Oblivion Beckons was again recorded with producer Aaron Fischer and will feature art by longtime BYZANTINE collaborator Donnie Searls. Here is the song listing for "Oblivion Beckons" (in alphabetical order):

Absolute Horizon
All Hail the Endtimes
A Residual Haunting
Catalyst
Centurion
Deep End of Nothing
Expansion and Collapse (Renavatio)
Nadir
Oblivion Beckons
Pattern Recognition
Receiving End of Murder
The Gift of Discernment

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Byzantine Album Release Postponed Until 2008

The release of Byzantine's new album, originally scheduled to hit stores in September, has been postponed. The new effort, titled "Oblivion Beckons," is now slated to surface in January of 2008 via Prosthetic Records.

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New Byzantine Album Sees Exact Release Date

Byzantine's new album "Oblivion Beckons" has been scheduled for a September 04th release date through Prosthetic.

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Byzantine Finishes Laying Tracks On New Album

West Virginia's forward-thinking thrashers BYZANTINE have completed tracking for the band's forthcoming record, "Oblivion Beckons", which will see a September release through Prosthetic Records.

"Well, after 4 months of holing ourselves up in the studio at 101 Productions, only taking a break to hit the road with GOD FORBID on the Chains of Humanity tour, we have finally finished recording the tracks for our third album, 'Oblivion Beckons'," frontman OJ Ojeda says. "I finished my last vocal track last night and I am happy as hell with the sounds we have going and the ideas we came up with this time around. We took a couple different paths on this one, stripping down some things like the vocals for a more aggressive style and then going out on a limb on some other things we have never tried before. This album is more varied than anything we have done prior and, clocking in at around an hour, should have more than enough metal for all our friends and fans. This week, [drummer] Wolfe, Aaron [Fischer, producer] and myself will trek up to Baltimore, Md. to Drew Mazurek's studio and mix this beast. Look out for a September release."

Song listing for "Oblivion Beckons" (in alphabetical order):

01. Absolute Horizon
02. All Hail the Endtimes
03. A Residual Haunting
04. Catalyst
05. Centurion
06. Deep End of Nothing
07. Expansion and Collapse (Renavatio)
08. Nadir
09. Oblivion Beckons
10. Pattern Recognition
11. Receiving End of Murder
12. The Gift of Discernment

"Oblivion Beckons" is the follow-up to 2005's "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents", which received critical acclaim for progressive song structures and thrash-oriented musicianship. BYZANTINE released the band's debut DVD, "Salvation", last month and features the exclusive unveiling of "Cradle Song", a never-before recorded track from early in the band's career. Only available on the DVD, "Cradle Song" will not appear on the forthcoming "Oblivion Beckons", and rounds out the DVD's tracking which also includes a live performance film, bootleg performances, behind the scenes footage, interviews and the music video for "Jeremiad", a track from "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents".

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Byzantine Release Exclusive DVD Track On iTunes

With the recent release of the band's first DVD entitled 'Salvation,' West Virginia thrashers BYZANTINE have made the track "Cradle Song" available on iTunes. Only available on the DVD, and not featured on the band's forthcoming new record, the track is available for purchase here. Featuring a live film performance, bootleg performances, interviews and behind the scenes footage and more, 'Salvation' is now available through Prosthetic Records and a trailer for the film can be seen on BYZANTINE's MySpace page.

BYZANTINE recently took a short break from recording with producer Charles A. Fisher in Sissonville, WV to join up with God Forbid, Arsis, Goatwhore and Mnemic for a brief trek throughout the eastern US. The band is currently wrapping up recording for the forthcoming effort, 'Oblivion Beckons,' tentatively due out this summer.

Here are the latest BYZANTINE tour dates: More...

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Prosthetic Records Starts Selling Metal Ringtones

Prosthetic Records has just finished uploading a bunch of new exclusive ringtones from Beneath The Massacre, Byzantine, The Funeral Pyre and Year of Desolation along with all the other ringtones from Burn In Silence, Cannae, Light This City and Through The Eyes of the Dead. Cruise over to their home at Musicane right now to scoop them all up for the price of $1.99.

Ringtones are only available there and they're sure to rock your phone. Full previews are available so you can check them out before you buy!

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Byzantine Offer In-Studio Update, Tour Dates

BYZANTINE are currently in the studio finishing recording for the band’s upcoming full-length, ‘Oblivion Beckons.’ Mixing will take place at Highview Studios by Drew Mazurek and the album will be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music and the album will see a late-summer release.

“The record is coming along really well,” commented bassist Skip Cromer. “The sound is really good, we tried some redneck experiments to get some slamming tones and they ended up working. The majority of the songs definitely fall into the trash vein of things.”

BYZANTINE recently took a short break from recording with producer Charles A. Fisher in Sissonville, WV to join up with God Forbid, Arsis, Goatwhore and Mnemic for a brief trek throughout the eastern US. The band is currently scheduling summer touring plans, including an appearance at Milwaukee Metalfest, Columbus’ Independence Fest and Uprising Fest 2007 in Connecticut as well regional headlining shows.

Byzantine’s forthcoming DVD, ‘Salvation’ is also now available for pre-order here. The effort will feature a six-song live set – including the exclusive “Cradle Song,” which will not appear on the forthcoming full-length record – as well as behind the scenes footage, the “Jeremiad” video, in-studio footage, interviews and tutorials, bootleg concert footage and more, totaling nearly four hours of material.

Here are the upcoming Byzantine tour dates:

4/07 Teays Valley, WV – Sneekers
4/14 Nitro, WV – Cat’s Back Records (DVD Release Party / In-store)
4/20 Williamsburg, VA – William and Mary University Center
4/21 Huntington, WV – The Monkey Bar
4/22 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St
5/18 Newport News, VA – Budda’s Place
5/19 Waynesboro, VA - The Federal Building
6/29 Wheeling, WV – Yesterdays
7/01 Columbus, OH – Fran Bar Park (Independence Fest)
7/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Armory
7/28 New London, CT – NEC Uprisingfest 2007
7/29 Levittown, NY – Club MetaSin

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Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX Announces Undercard

Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX has announced that the majority of our undercard has been booked. Undercard bands are featured, non-headlining bands and 36 featured bands are listed below. Though the list is substantial, it's not quite all of them. There will be more undercard announcements in a few days.

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Byzantine Release DVD Trailer, Accept Pre-Orders

BYZANTINE have released a trailer for their forthcoming DVD 'Salvation' at the band's MySpace page or directly on YouTube. The DVD is also available for pre-order here. Scheduled for an April 17 release through Prosthetic Records, 'Salvation' will feature live performances, bootleg performances, interviews, tutorials and an extended version of the "Jeremiad" music video among other offerings.

Re-entering the studio, after completing a leg of dates alongside God Forbid, Arsis, Goatwhore and Mnemic, BYZANTINE is currently continuing to record 'Oblivion Beckons,' the forthcoming new full-length with producer Charles A. Fisher in Sissonville, WV. Mixing will take place at Highview Studios by Drew Mazurek and the album will be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

Here are a few BYZANTINE tour dates:

4/07 Teays Valley, WV – Sneekers
4/21 Huntington, WV – Hyamp
4/22 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St

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Byzantine Unveils New Track From Forthcoming DVD

BYZANTINE have unveiled a new track which will debut on the band's forthcoming 'Salvation' DVD on the band's MySpace page. "Cradle Song" will appear in the DVD's six-track live set documented by director Donnie Searls. 'Salvation' will feature a live performance film featuring the new song alongside tracks from the band's two previous albums as well as guitar and bass tutorials from guitarist Tony Rohrbough and bassist Skip Cromer, interviews with the band members and behind the scenes footage. The trailer is available at the band's MySpace page.

Meanwhile, BYZANTINE has set 'Oblivion Beckons' as the title of the band's third full-length, tentatively due out in July through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2005's enigmatic '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents' will contain 12 brand new tracks and will also contain complete note-for-note guitar transcriptions, in both standard musical notation and guitar tablature notation. "We had such a great response from the tablature on the last album, we decided to keep that level of expectation high upon us and tab this album out as well," explains vocalist/guitarist Chris "OJ" Ojeda. "Nothing less for our true fans and friends."

The band is currently recording with BYZANTINE's long-time friend and producer, Charles A. Fisher, owner of 101 Productions in Sissonville, WV before taking a break at the end of January to join up with God Forbid on the road. The band will then return to the studio in late-February and mixing for the new album will take place at Highview Studios by Drew Mazurek. 'Oblivion Beckons' will be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

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Byzantine Reveal New Album Details

West Virginia's forward thinking thrash band BYZANTINE has set Oblivion Beckons as the title of their third full-length, tentatively due out in July through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2005's enigmatic ...And They Shall Take Up Serpents will contain 12 brand new tracks and will also contain complete note-for-note guitar transcriptions, in both standard musical notation and guitar tablature notation. "We had such a great response from the tablature on the last album, we decided to keep that level of expectation high upon us and tab this album out as well," explains vocalist/guitarist Chris "OJ" Ojeda. "Nothing less for our true fans and friends."

Handling the recording and production duties on Oblivion Beckons will once again be BYZANTINE's long-time friend and producer, Charles A. Fisher, owner of 101 Productions in Sissonville, WV. Mixing will take place at Highview Studios by Drew Mazurek and the album will be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. More...

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Byzantine Release Trailer For "Salvation" DVD

BYZANTINE have unveiled a trailer for the upcoming 'Salvation' DVD which will see an early 2007 through Prosthetic Records. The DVD will feature a live performance film featuring a new, unreleased song, guitar and bass tutorials from guitarist Tony Rohrbough and bassist Skip Cromer, interviews with the band members along with behind the scenes footage. The trailer is available at the band's MySpace page or on YouTube.

Currently working on the follow-up full-length album to 2005's '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents,' BYZANTINE will take a break in February from recording with Aaron Fisher to hit the road with God Forbid, Goatwhore, Mnemic and Arsis on the "Chains of Humanity" tour before returning to the studio to complete the recording of the yet-untitled new BYZANTINE DVD which will also see a 2007 release through Prosthetic.

"We have so far 11 songs in the bag and most likely will have 15 penned by the time pre-production starts," vocalist/guitarist OJ Ojeda previously stated. "Normally we write 10 and use 10, but riffs are flowing like mad and all four of us are writing material this time, which has been very interesting. All I can say is if this album doesn't kick our first two albums' asses, something is wrong! Some songs are pure thrash, some songs are off time as hell and some songs are depressing and dark. This album WILL be our finest effort."

BYZANTINE will also appear on the upcoming EyeHateGod tribute record, 'For The Sick: A Tribute to Eyehategod,' performing the track "Shoplift." The record is currently slated for a Feb. 20 release through Season Mist America and Prosthetic labelmates THE ESOTERIC and KYLESA will also contribute. More details are available here.

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Byzantine To Begin Recording, Break For Tour

BYZANTINE will tentatively enter the studio December 8 to record the follow-up to 2005's '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents' before taking a break from the recording process to support God Forbid for two weeks on a tour package also boasting Goatwhore, Mnemic and Arsis. Upon completion of the tour, BYZANTINE will return to the studio to finish recording. Production this time around will again be handled by Aaron Fisher and BYZANTINE for the yet-untitled full-length, due for a 2007 release through Prosthetic Records.

"We have so far 11 songs in the bag and most likely will have 15 penned by the time pre-production starts," vocalist/guitarist OJ Ojeda previously stated. "Normally we write 10 and use 10, but riffs are flowing like mad and all four of us are writing material this time, which has been very interesting. All I can say is if this album doesn't kick our first two albums' asses, something is wrong! Some songs are pure thrash, some songs are off time as hell and some songs are depressing and dark. This album WILL be our finest effort."

In other news, Byzantine will appear on the upcoming EyeHateGod tribute record, 'For The Sick: A Tribute to Eyehategod,' performing the track "Shoplift." The record is currently slated for a Feb. 20 release through Season Mist America.

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Byzantine Update On New DVD And Album

Byzantine frontman OJ has offered the following update on the band's happenings:

Know it seems like we have fell of the face of the planet, but things have been really busy in the Byzantine camp both personal and professional. My fiancé and I have bought a home this summer and are also getting prepared for our wedding this October which have sidetracked the bands' summer touring plans, but we have been working at home on other things for you guys.

First off, we have been busy keeping our chops up by recording some cover tunes. We recorded a version of "Shop Lift" from EyeHateGod and also recorded "The Hellion/Electric Eye" from Judas Priest. Both will be on tribute albums coming out this fall.

Secondly, we officially have shot and compiled all the footage for our first ever DVD, entitled Salvation: Taking Up Serpents, which will be out around Christmas time. This DVD will include our video for “Jeremiad,” bootlegs from around the country, a live long-form video consisting of a 6 song set list, interviews, guitar tutorials, studio footage and other cool shit for you guys to enjoy. Make sure you pick up your copy when it hits stores.

Also, we have been slaving away writing our 3rd and upcoming album. We have so far 11 songs in the bag and most likely will have 15 penned by the time pre-production starts. Normally we write 10 and use 10, but riffs are flowing like mad and all four of us are writing material this time which has been very interesting. All I can say is if this album doesn't kick our first 2 albums’ asses, something is wrong! Some songs are pure thrash, some songs are off time as hell and some songs are depressing and dark. This album WILL be our finest effort.

Look for us at the end of September when we hit the road for some dates with Metal Blade recording artist Demiricous. Then it is off to figure out how to play this new shit! Till then...

OJ


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Byzantine Release News On New DVD


Byzantine have issued the following update regarind their upcoming new full-length DVD "Salvation":
"Well, we are halfway done with shooting our footage for our long awaited full length DVD, entitled "Salvation".
Today we shot a section that will be a guitar tutorial with Tony. It covers some of his choice licks and how to play them as well as his soloing style.
Next weekend we will be shooting a "long form" video which will actually consist of a full set list of our material tied into one long video. This will be the main section for the DVD. Sections to be included on the DVD will be:
Behind the scenes during the recording of "...Serpents"
A guitar tutorial with Tony
A bass tutorial with Skip
Individual band member interviews
Jeremiad video
Bootleg section of 5-6 songs
Long Form video of 8 song set list
Hope you guys will enjoy this DVD as much as we have enjoyed delaying it! Look for "Salvation" to be hitting stores late this fall!"

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New Demiricous Tour w/ Himsa, Byzantine and More

Demiricous is hitting the road for an eight show tour with HIMSA August 2nd through the 11. The tour will cover the west coast with the majority of the shows in California. Also on the line up are; Becoming the Archetype, Parkway Drive and Hell Promise.

Immediately following the HIMSA dates on August 12th, Demiricous will continue on with Becoming the Archetype for six more shows in the west and Midwest. Completing the line up for these dates is Arsis, and will wrap up on August 19th.

The band isnt done yet! They will continue to thrash the Midwest with Byzantine. These dates go from September 20th to the 23rd with more dates to be announced. Check out the schedules for a show near you and get out and get tickets today!

HIMSA, Becoming the Archetype, Parkway Drive, Hell Promise

8.02.06 The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA
8.03.06 Jerry's pizza, Bakersfield, CA
8.04.06 Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
8.05.06 Soma, San Diego, CA
8.07.06 Trilogy Theatre, Victorville, CA
8.08.06 The Belmont, Fresno, CA
8.09.06 The Pound, San Francisco, CA
8.10.06 The Domino Room at Midtown, Bend, OR
8.11.06 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR

Becoming the Archetype, Arsis

8.12.06 Club Boom Va, Ogden, UT
8.13.06 Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO
8.15.06 Eagles Lodge, Wichita, KS
8.16.06 The Bridge, Joplin, MO
8.18.06 The Loft, Madison, WI
8.19.06 The Underground, Indianapolis, IN

Byzantine

9.20.06 Top Cats, Cincinnati, OH
9.21.06 TNT's Bar, Clinton Township, MI
9.22.06 High Five, Columbus, OH
9.23.06 The Underground, Toledo, OH
more TBA

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Eyehategod Tribute In The Works

Emetic Records have announced the release of 'For The Sick – A Tribute To Eyehategod', set for the fall of 2006.
All the artists involved in the release are friends or fans of the sludge legends. Below is a list of most of the bands involved:
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Byzantine Recording Eyehategod Cover For Tribute

West Virginia thrashers Byzantine recently entered the studio to record a cover song for an upcoming upcoming Eyehategod tribute album. Lead guitarist Tony Rohrbough offers this update:

"Hi everyone. Just a quick update here to let everyone know what’s up. While most of you were chowing down on some Easter dinner last Sunday, we were in the studio. We went back to Aaron Fisher’s 101 Productions Studio, where we recorded our previous albums and recorded a cover song for an upcoming Eyehategod tribute album. We recorded 'Shoplift' from their Take as Needed for Pain album. I really like the way it turned out. It sounds absolutely nothing like us but it also does in some ways. Sludgy-as-all-hell-stoner-doom. You’ll just have to hear it. We don’t have a release date on the album at this time but whenever it comes out, we’ll be selling copies at our shows. Until then, you’ll just have to bug one of us to let you hear it."

Byzantine is currently biding time playing headlining shows to support the band's 2005 release, '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents' before appearing at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 30. Then, the band will be support for Kittie on select shows through mid-May.

Byzantine has also added a live video of "Hatfield," from the band's Prosthetic debut 'The Fundamental Component,' featuring a guest appearance by Lamb of God's Randy Blythe on the Byzantine MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/byzantine).

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