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Honestly. whenever I see Byzantine news I get a little warm feeling of stoked-ness inside. I’m just glad they are finally getting their due more and are back in action so strongly. What a fuckin’ legit rad band.

For a first preview of new album The Cicada Tree, a new video for the single “New Ways to Bear Witness” (featuring a cameo by Skeletonwitch’s Dustin Boltjes, as well as ex-Byzantine drummer Matt Wolfe) has been launched online. Directed/edited by Holly Siders, the filming of “New Ways to Bear Witness” resulted in Chris “OJ” Ojeda (vocals, rhythm guitar) suffering a concussion. OJ comments about the experience:

“So, we came up with an idea of having our old drummer do a cameo appearance in the music video. Matt Wolfe left the band right before we signed with Metal Blade and had occupied the drum seat for the last 12 years. We felt it was a perfect opportunity to let fans know that we still love Matt and he’s still welcome and important to our band. What’s the best way to have an ousted band member make a cameo? To hit me with a vehicle, of course!
We set up the scene and did about 5 or 6 takes of Wolfe hitting me with the vehicle and me rolling off the vehicle. I didn’t know until we wrapped shooting the next day that something was wrong and had a very hard time driving home. I contacted an ER doctor friend of mine who told me I needed to come see him ASAP. After a CT Scan and an EKG, he let me know I had a standard sports type concussion from repeatedly hitting my head during the video shoot. I got 3 days off work and a cool story out of it! Rock!”

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Byzantine sign epic deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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Beloved groove thrashers Byzantine are set to prove the To Release Is To Resolve comeback album was no fluke. An as yet untitled record is due very soon from Metal Blade! This is huge and well deserved for such a seasoned a

Front-man, Chris “OJ” Ojeda had this to say about the band’s recent signing: “For the last few albums, we have operated outside the fringes of the music community by necessity. I had almost lost hope that we would ever have the chance to showcase our music to the world on a bigger stage. With the help of Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Records, we feel like Byzantine has been given a 2nd chance to make our 1st impression. We are absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to share our brand of heavy music with the world on the world’s best metal label!”

In regards to Byzantine signing to Metal Blade Records, Jose Mangin (SiriusXM Liquid Metal) comments: “As the most massive supporter ofByzantine‘s music since day one, we’ve known a secret that the rest of the world will NOW finally be able to realize, thanks to Metal Blade! The strength, raw talent, and absolute ease at which these West Virginians shred is a thing to experience, and it’s just a matter of time before they rise the ranks to become one of Metal’s elite!”

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Byzantine are in perhaps better shape than ever with a newly re-constituted line up and a fundamentally ripping new album To Release Is To Resolve. Chris Ojeda and Matt Wolfe speak to Metal Riot about how sometimes letting go is moving forward. Get the scoop on the veteran thrash/NWOAHM band’s latest work BELOW.

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