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Oblivon Beckons
1/22/2008

Salvation
4/17/2007

...And They Shall Take Up Serpents
7/12/2005
 
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Byzantine Post 7 Minute Teaser For Upcoming Album
November 13, 2007
West Virginia's forward-thinking thrashers Byzantine have posted a seven-minute teaser track online, featuring snippets of tracks from the band's forthcoming record, 'Oblivion Beckons'. The track is available on the band's MySpace page, which also showcases the band's recent cover of eyehategod's "Shoplift," which appeared on the double disc tribute album, 'For The Sick' alongside label mates Kylesa and The Esoteric.

Set for a January 22 release through Prosthetic Records, 'Oblivion Beckons' is the follow-up to '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents,' which saw a 2005 release and led to touring throughout the United States and Canada, including an appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in 2006, as well as the release of the band's first ever DVD earlier this year, 'Salvation.' The DVD features a live performance film, exclusive bootlegs, an uncut video for the track "Jeremiad," and behind the scenes footage and interviews. A trailer can be viewed at the following location.
 
 
 
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Byzantine Post Two New Tracks Online
October 4, 2007
West Virginia forward-thinking thrashers 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.
 
 
 
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Byzantine To Release Two New Tracks On Oct. 1st
September 29, 2007
West Virginia forward-thinking thrashers 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.

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.

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

1. Absolute Horizon
2. All Hail the Endtimes
3. A Residual Haunting
4. Catalyst
5. Centurion
6. Deep End of Nothing
7. Expansion and Collapse (Renavatio)
8. Nadir
9. Oblivion Beckons
10. Pattern Recognition
11. Receiving End of Murder
12. The Gift of Discernment
 
 
 
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Byzantine Frontman On Decibel Blog
July 13, 2007
West Virginia's forward-thinking thrashers Byzantine are currently featured in Decibel magazine's online blog. Frontman OJ Ojeda chimes in on his take on the worst characters ever invented in the realm of He-Man and The Masters of The Universe. To check it out, head over to the Deciblog.

Byzantine is currently hard at work finishing work on the band's forthcoming album, 'Oblivion Beckons'. 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.

'Oblivion Beckons' tracklist (in alphabetical order):
1. Absolute Horizon
2. All Hail the Endtimes
3. A Residual Haunting
4. Catalyst
5. Centurion
6. Deep End of Nothing
7. Expansion and Collapse (Renavatio)
8. Nadir
9. Oblivion Beckons
10. Pattern Recognition
11. Receiving End of Murder
12. The Gift of Discernment

The band also recently released its first DVD, 'Salvation', which saw an April 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. Featuring a live action film, bootleg clips, extensive interviews and behind the scenes footage, the "Jeremiad" video, as well as an unreleased song - which is only available on 'Salvation,' and won't appear on 'Oblivion Beckons'. The new track, dubbed "Cradle Song," is available exclusively on iTunes .
 
 
 
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Byzantine Completes Tracking For 'Oblivion Beckons'
May 7, 2007
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. 'Till then..."

Track 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

'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 recently released the band's debut DVD, 'Salvation', last month which featured 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'. "Cradle Song" is now also available exclusively on iTunes.
 
 
 
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Biography
HOME TOWN: West Virginia
MEMBERS:
Chris Ojeda (vocals/guitar)
Tony Rohrbough (guitar)
Chris Adams (bass)
Matt Wolfe (drums)

“I think we have a knack for achieving a good balance of chaos and melody,” explains Byzantine singer/guitarist Chris Ojeda. “The warthog chasing the butterfly.”Byzantine have translated their interest in religion in American society, the idea of extraterrestrial life, and Southern history/heritage into an unorthodox brand of heavy music. While these themes might bring to mind bands like Slayer, Meshuggah and Clutch, one should imagine a pure and wide-reaching amalgamation of these – and so many more bands – to understand what Byzantine have accomplished with The Fundamental Component.The quartet’s debut full length, The Fundamental Component is characterized by long songs, melodic thrash and Tony Rohrbough’s scathing guitar solos while still embracing technical chaos and the violent groove of bassist Chris Adams and drummer Matt Wolfe. As such, the band have shared the stage with bands as diverse as Lamb Of God, Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall and Nora, and joined a roster featuring similarly talented bands like Himsa, All That Remains, Cannae and Crematorium.To be sure, growing up in West Virginia has helped Byzantine develop a unique sound. Without a dominating hometown scene dictating sound and style – no SoCal hardcore, no NYHC, etc. – Byzantine have been free to mold their fondness for bands like Testament and Meshuggah into a unique hybrid of melody, rhythm and aggression that is familiar and attractive without feeling regressive or clichéd.“We are quite alienated from any big scene,” explains Ojeda. “Therefore, we tend to think for ourselves a lot more when writing material. We have just as much influence from Skynard and Chet Atkins around us as we do Slayer and Overkill. So we mostly just write what we know.”Despite all its forward-leaning tendencies, what Byzantine know has more that a small throwback to the heyday of thrash. In the grand tradition of Hetfield, Mustaine, Cavalera and Shuldiner, Ojeda plays guitar while singing – no small task. Need proof? When was the last time you saw a guitar-playing frontman in this generation of metal? It’s truly a dying breed.Ultimately, Byzantine aren’t about this generation or that, progressive or retro, circle pits or floor punches, they’re about making “solid albums and good heavy metal songs. Strong out of the gate and strong in the finish.”