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Byzantine mp3 Available Exclusively On iTunes
April 22, 2007
West Virginia thrashers Byzantine have made the track "Cradle Song" available on iTunes. Only available on the band's recently relesaed DVD, entitled 'Salvation', and not featured on the band's forthcoming 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. A trailer for the film can be seen on Byzantine's MySpace page.

The band is currently wrapping up recording for the forthcoming effort, 'Oblivion Beckons', tentatively due this summer.
 
 
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Mnemic 'Passenger' Listening Party
February 4, 2007
Mnemic's third album, 'Passenger', is available for streaming in its entirety prior to the album's North American street date of February 6 at this location.

In the band's current feature in Metal Edge magazine, Mnemic guitarist Mircea discusses the new album and his hopes for what it will accomplish: "This is more of a resurrection album for the band. The melodic became more melodic, and the brutal became more brutal as we succeeded in finding the complete Mnemic sound. We really took the time that we needed to write songs we could be happy with. We didn't just use the first or the best riff... we demoed [the songs], chopped them up, and put them back together. [New singer] Guillaume really did a phenomenal job with vocals. He was the missing piece of the puzzle and simply lifted us to the next level. I hope this release finally puts Mnemic on the map. I don't want us to just drown in the ocean of all other releases, bands, and labels that are out there in today's metal."

Mnemic are currently on the "The Chains Of Humanity Tour" with God Forbid, Goatwhore, Arsis, and The Human Abstract/Byzantine through February 21, where the tour will end in Montreal, Québec. Mircea states: "We toured the U.S. with God Forbid last year with Meshuggah and instantly became friends after some heavy partyin'. YOUR destination will be HELL if you don't show up!"

Produced by Fear Factory's Christian Olde Wolbers at Track Record Studios (Kiss, Megadeth, Aerosmith) in Los Angeles, 'Passenger' features artwork by Asterik Studios (Anthrax, Unearth) and includes guest vocal appearances by Jeff Walker (Carcass, Brujeria) and Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria). Mnemic's video for "Meaningless", directed by Revolver Film's Patric Ullaeus, will soon be airing on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball".

'Passenger' will be available for streaming February 2-6, 2007. Fans are encouraged to sign up for a free MP3.com account and participate in the "Press Pass: Your Take" function to write their own review.
 
 
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Byzantine DVD Trailer Available
December 22, 2006
West Virginia forward-thinking thrashers Byzantine have unveiled a trailer for the upcoming 'Salvation' DVD which will see an early 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. The disc 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 directly 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 CD, 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 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 of Mist. More details are available at www.myspace.com/forthesick.
 
 
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Byzantine Prepare To Entre Studio
November 15, 2006
West Virginia's Byzantine will tentatively enter the studio December 8 to record the follow-up to 2005's '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents'. They will then take 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 of Mist.

Byzantine on tour:

Dec. 01 - Charleston, WV – The Sound Factory

With God Forbid, Mnemic, Goatwhore, Arsis:

Feb. 02 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Feb. 03 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
Feb. 04 - Jacksonville, FL – Thee Imperial
Feb. 05 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Feb. 06 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
Feb. 07 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Garage
Feb. 09 - Covington, KY - The Mad Hatter
Feb. 10 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
Feb. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Feb. 12 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Feb. 14 - Huntington, WV – Huntington Music Hall
Feb. 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Feb. 17 - Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade
 
 
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