Progressive groove metallers Byzantine have announced a new web series, making its debut this summer: “Pick A Side”. Fans can watch the trailer now.
Front-man Chris “OJ” Ojeda comments: “My new web series – entitled ‘Pick A Side’ – will launch this summer. I’ll be choosing iconic heavy metal albums and performing one full side in its entirety for this rhythm-guitar-based show. It will also feature commentary on how the music is arranged and performed, as well as insightful interviews with the artist who wrote them. Episode 1 will feature Side A of Sacred Reich‘s classic 1993 album ‘Independent‘. Stay tuned!”
For the latest Byzantine news, be sure to also check out the band’s newly launched website: https://byzantinewv.com
Byzantine will headline 15 performances this July and August to celebrate their 21st anniversary, with local support acts TBA. See below for all dates!
Byzantine tour dates
Jul. 16 – Charleston, WV @ Sam’s Uptown
Jul. 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
Jul. 30 – Harrison, OH @ Blue Note
Jul. 31 – Huntington, WV @ V Club
Aug. 5 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
Aug. 6 – Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
Aug. 7 – Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
Aug. 12 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies Music Joint
Aug. 13 – Hamtramck, MI @ The Sanctuary
Aug. 14 – Akron, OH @ Empire Concert Club
Aug 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Aug. 20 – Providence, RI @ Alchemy
Aug. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Arrogant Swine
Aug. 22 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Aug. 26 – Pipestem, WV @ Metal in the Mountains
Byzantine released their latest album, The Cicada Tree, to critical acclaim in 2017. 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.
To stream and purchase The Cicada Tree, please visit: metalblade.com/byzantine