Byzantine enters Billboard charts for new album, ‘The Cicada Tree’

– August 7th, 2017 –

Byzantine – the most underrated band from the New Wave of American Heavy Metal Movement! – recently released their new album, The Cicada Tree, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the Billboard charts! See below for all positions:

#11 Current Digital Albums
#16 Current Hard Music Albums
#29 Record Label Independent Current Albums
#145 Top 200 Current Albums
#13 Top New Artist

To state that The Cicada Tree is “classic Byzantine” in no way implies that this is an album solely rooted in the band’s past. Certainly, all of the hallmarks that have made their sound so compelling for close to two decades are present and correct: muscular yet lithe riffs and fluid leads play against gripping, dynamic and at times unpredictable rhythms, while rich melodies and lyrics that are both involved and intelligent wind their way through every track. But, once more, the groove metal unit has continued their steady evolution – the interplay between their members organic and natural, imbuing the record’s sixty-two-minute running time with a freshness and urgency. Founding member Chris “OJ” Ojeda states, “The first few albums, you’re trying to find your sound, and sometimes you tend to not see the forest for the trees. Now, on album number six, it seems a calmness took hold during the songwriting process, possibly from just having more confidence in our sound. At this point, our fans expect us to experiment and push our boundaries, which is an extremely liberating feeling.

To preview and purchase The Cicada Tree, please visit: metalblade.com/byzantine

Byzantine tour dates (headlining shows)
Aug. 19 – Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
Sept. 1 – Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
Sept. 2 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club

Byzantine tour dates
w/ Sacred Reich
Sept. 14 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s w/ Yidhra
Sept. 18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Sept. 19 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Sept. 20 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
Sept. 21 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Sept. 22 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Sept. 23 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 24 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Sept. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 28 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
Sept. 29 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sept. 30 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar w/ Slim
Oct. 1 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box

Byzantine online:
http://www.byzantinemetal.com
http://www.facebook.com/ByzantineWV
http://www.youtube.com/ByzantineTV
http://www.instagram.com/officialbyzantine
http://twitter.com/byzantinewv

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Byzantine launches video for new single, “Vile Maxim”

– July 26th, 2017 –

Announces record release party on July 29th

The Friday (July 28th), Byzantine will release their new album, The Cicada Tree, via Metal Blade Records. Heralded as the most underrated band from the New Wave of American Heavy Metal Movement, Byzantine has slowly gained a cult-like following after releasing 5 genre-bending albums. 16 years underground, it’s finally time for the world to hear Byzantine! For a preview of The Cicada Tree, a video for the new single, “Vile Maxim” (directed/edited by Holly Mollohan, and produced by Screaming Butterfly Entertainment), has been launched online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qjizRfVg7k

The previous singles – “New Ways to Bear Witness” and “Trapjaw” – can be viewed at: metalblade.com/byzantine – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–CD
–180g black 2LP + etching (limited to 150 copies – USA exclusive)
–peach orange marbled 2LP + etching (limited to 350 copies – USA exclusive)
–clear pastel rose 2LP + etching (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!


To state that The Cicada Tree is “classic Byzantine” in no way implies that this is an album solely rooted in the band’s past. Certainly, all of the hallmarks that have made their sound so compelling for close to two decades are present and correct: muscular yet lithe riffs and fluid leads play against gripping, dynamic and at times unpredictable rhythms, while rich melodies and lyrics that are both involved and intelligent wind their way through every track. But, once more, the groove metal unit has continued their steady evolution – the interplay between their members organic and natural, imbuing the record’s sixty-two-minute running time with a freshness and urgency. Founding member Chris “OJ” Ojeda states, “The first few albums, you’re trying to find your sound, and sometimes you tend to not see the forest for the trees. Now, on album number six, it seems a calmness took hold during the songwriting process, possibly from just having more confidence in our sound. At this point, our fans expect us to experiment and push our boundaries, which is an extremely liberating feeling.”

The Cicada Tree track-listing
1. New Ways to Bear Witness
2. Vile Maxim
3. Map of the Creator
4. Dead as Autumn Leaves
5. Trapjaw
6. The Subjugated
7. Incremental
8. The Cicada Tree
9. Verses of Violence
10. Moving in Stereo (The Cars cover)
11. Servitude (Fishbone cover)

To celebrate The Cicada Tree‘s release, the band will have an official album release party on July 29th at The V Club in Charleston, WV (where the “New Ways To Bear Witness” video was filmed: https://youtu.be/qpdNtOjFifw). Dream The Electric Sleep and Against will also perform with Byzantine at the event; for more details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/101432833763732/. See below for all upcoming tour dates!

Byzantine tour dates (headlining shows)
July 29 – Charleston, WV – The V Club (The Cicada Tree Release Party)
Aug. 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
Aug. 19 – Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
Sept. 1 – Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
Sept. 2 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club

Byzantine tour dates
w/ Sacred Reich

Sept. 14 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s w/ Yidhra
Sept. 18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Sept. 20 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
Sept. 21 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Sept. 22 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Sept. 23 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 24 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Sept. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 28 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
Sept. 29 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sept. 30 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar w/ Slim
Oct. 1 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box

Byzantine online:
http://www.byzantinemetal.com
http://www.facebook.com/ByzantineWV
http://www.youtube.com/ByzantineTV
http://www.instagram.com/officialbyzantine
http://twitter.com/byzantinewv

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Byzantine Posts “Trapjaw” Video Clip

On July 28th, Byzantine will release new album “The Cicada Tree” via Metal Blade Records. After 16 years underground, it’s finally time for the world to hear Byzantine.

For a preview of “The Cicada Tree,” a lyric video for the new single “Trapjaw” has been launched online and can be seen below. The new album’s track listing is as follows:

1. New Ways to Bear Witness (listen here)
2. Vile Maxim
3. Map of the Creator
4. Dead as Autumn Leaves
5. Trapjaw
6. The Subjugated
7. Incremental
8. The Cicada Tree
9. Verses of Violence
10. Moving in Stereo (The Cars cover)
11. Servitude (Fishbone cover)

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Byzantine launches PledgeMusic campaign for new album, ‘The Cicada Tree’

– February 7th, 2017 –

The name Byzantine is synonymous with a band thriving in the underground for its whole existence. Heralded as the most underrated band from the New Wave of American Heavy Metal Movement, Byzantine has slowly gained a cult-like following after releasing 5 genre-bending albums. Now, Metal Blade Records has given Byzantine the chance to show their talent on a bigger stage and the band has responded with The Cicada Tree – the culmination of many years of musical craftsmanship and resounding songwriting. 16 years underground, it’s finally time for the world to hear Byzantine on June 2nd!

In conjunction with PledgeMusic, The Cicada Tree is now available to pre-order in various formats and bundles, with every “pledge”/purchase receiving a digital download of the tracks, plus exclusive content. To reserve your copy of the album (with 2 cover songs by Fishbone and the Cars), signed material from the band, apparel, and more, please visit: pledgemusic.com/projects/byzantine2017

Chris “OJ” Ojeda (vocals, rhythm guitar) comments: “The last two Byzantine albums were released DIY and both were coupled with successful crowd-funding campaigns. Now that we have finally landed a home with Metal Blade, we feel that it is vital that we continue our close relationship with our fan-base by offering up pre-orders for ‘The Cicada Tree‘ through PledgeMusic. Our experience with PledgeMusic has been nothing short of fantastic. We hope you enjoy ‘The Cicada Tree‘ as much as we enjoyed making it for you!”

Byzantine‘s previous release, To Release Is To Resolve (2015), climbed to the #1 metal album spot on college rock radio, being only the 2nd indie album to do so after Clutch‘s Earth Rocker. The record also broke into the Billboard Top 200 and earned a #1 spot on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal for one week, beating out new singles by Lamb of God and Slayer. With The Cicada Tree and their new deal with Metal Blade Records, Byzantine is poised to take the music world by storm once again. As MetalSucks.net proclaims: “The Byz are back and better than ever, and yes, STILL, nobody beats ‘em.”

Byzantine online:
http://www.byzantinemetal.com
http://www.facebook.com/ByzantineWV
http://www.youtube.com/ByzantineTV
http://www.instagram.com/officialbyzantine

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Byzantine Announces New Album “The Cicada Tree”

West Virginian groove metal outfit Byzantine has finished recording an upcoming sixth full-length album, and Metal Blade Records debut, “The Cicada Tree.”

Set to be released in spring of 2017, “The Cicada Tree” was recorded at 7over8 Studios in Myrtle Beach, SC with producer and engineer Jay Hannon. To view a video update from the band regarding this new album, check out the clip below.

Chris Ojeda (vocals, rhythm guitar) comments: “‘The Cicada Tree’ represents 16 years of a heavy metal band thriving completely underground. Byzantine has been on a slow burn since 2000, constantly crafting our brand of heavy metal and now, with the support of Metal Blade Records, we will finally get a chance to showcase our music on a bigger stage.”

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