Byzantine Posts 2015 Recap Message To Fans

Chris Ojeda from Byzantine just checked in with this year-end recap message and update about what to expect in 2016:

“Hey guys, OJ here! We have been really quiet here in the Byzantine camp during the last month as things are winding down for 2015. This year has been a roller coaster for the band as we have had some of the coolest things and some of the worst things happen. We will start with the worst…

“This year we lost Matt Wolfe as the drummer of Byzantine. This came as a shock to us and I personally didn’t think I would be carrying on with Byzantine without Skip, Tony and Matt. BUT, the show must go on! We are currently in the process of finding the next member of our band that is willing to get into the trenches and continue to make waves for Byzantine.

“We are currently looking for tours for Spring, Summer and Fall so if any of you around the world want to see Byzantine live, write your congressman and favorite band and request to see us on their tour!

“Now for the good stuff… With the help of Adam Pollock @ (RED), we released our 5th album on our own label, Snakepit Music. Kodi, Zach and Nick @ The Syndicate were instrumental spreading the word around the airwaves and in the press. The Art of Christopher Lovell produced the hands down BEST album cover we have ever had! And lastly, Jose and Sirius XM allowed us to sit beside our heroes at the big boys table. Thanks to all you guys!

“We toured with some fantastic bands in Wednesday 13, IKILLYA, Thy Will Be Done, Your Chance To Die and played some great one off shows like South X Southwest in Austin and Rock n Shock in Worcester.

“Our album, financed ONLY by fans, friends, family members and the band itself took up real estate on many Album of the Year lists as well as finishing in the top 20 of the year for Loud Rock (CMJ) and Sirius Liquid Metal. So, to wrap this novella up, here’s our goals for 2016.

* Tour the West Coast of the US
* Tour Canada
* Tour Europe
* Play Festivals
* Write album 6

“We appreciate all the love, support and as always… we will keep on trucking. Chin up and Head Down. HERE’S TO A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2016!”

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Keith Deen, Vocalist Of Holy Terror, Passes Away From Cancer

Keith Deen, former vocalist of the now defunct thrash act Holy Terror, passed away from cancer over this past weekend. Deen had been fighting cancer since September of this year. He fronted the band for its only two highly acclaimed and legendary thrash releases Terror & Submission (1987) and Mind Wars (1988). Deen was 56 years old.

In a post on the band’s official website, friend Scott Warren Lambert, posted the following about Deen’s death:

“At approximately 7:30 PM on December 15th, 2012 I was informed by my dear friend Chris Carlson from Chicago that Keith Deen of Holy Terror passed away. He had been battling cancer since September of 2012. Like any normal person, it blew through me like a heat wave. My plan was to go for a walk when I got home which was where I was heading when I got Chris’ message about Keith. So, I got home and went for my walk.

“A permanent piece of real estate on my iTouch is dedicated to Holy Terror as one would expect. So, I queued up the “El Revengo” recordings and hit the pavement. The house I bought last year is in the neighborhood I grew up in and as I walked I started to remember a younger, plump, mullet headed version of myself riding my GT Performer up and down these same streets tossing papers on porches to the same soundtrack I was listening to right now. Sometimes it is good to relive the past, at least to a small degree.

“On that thought though, I am not a very big fan of nostalgia anymore. But, some things I just can’t deny. Keith Deen fucking ruled.

“Keith Deen Roared.
Keith Deen Screeched.
Keith Deen Yelled.
Keith Deen Sang.

“If you listen to Both Terror and Submission & Mind Wars, you will agree that Keith Deen covered pretty much every style of vocal delivery imaginable in just those 2 albums. I often wonder what Holy Terror as a band would have done and created if they had stayed together. The past is the past though, and I know that the guys in the band would say the same thing.

“So with that I would like to speak directly to Keith…..


“Thank You for Roaring at me.
Thank You for Screeching at me.
Thank You for Yelling at me.
Thank You for Singing to me.

“Thank you for joining Holy Terror all those years ago and giving speed metal a fresh new voice.
Thank you for being the co-writer of ‘The Immoral Wasteland,’ my all time favorite song.

“Thank you Keith, for being who you were.

“We will meet again my friend, and when that time comes, I am going to buy you a drink and ask if you would be interested in singing in my band……

– Scott Warren Lambert”

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