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Byzantine is a heavy metal band from CharlestonWest Virginiathat was formed in The band has released three studio albums on Prosthetic Records along with two independent albums. Byzantine is known for its unique sound and modern, "forward thinking" musical style Byzantine Power - Various - Voyages 6 explores different musical territories and song structures.
The band split on January 26,one day after the release of their third album, due to various circumstances, but reunited in Soon after, Byzantine became a part of the local West Virginian heavy metal scene. Subsequently, the band recruited local musician Matt Wolfe as a drummer. Byzantine then had a short East Coast tour with Lamb of God. This tour helped them obtain new fans and a deal with Prosthetic Records. Soon after Byzantine released their debut album Hungry House - Lucky Dragons - Twenty Bees 7 (Lathe Cut) Fundamental Component in Februarywhich introduced the band's trademark sound.
The album received high praise both abroad and domestically. A fan-oriented DVD titled Salvationfeaturing exclusive material, scenes, in-studio clips, interviews, the uncut version of the "Jeremiad" music video and the performance of the never-before released "Cradle Song", increased the band's popularity.
In Marchthe band reunited and played local shows around West Virginia. The band members insisted that they had returned with the intention of carrying on Byzantine. However, it was announced on August 17,that original guitarist and founding member Tony Rohrbough would leave with the group.
Brian Henderson then filled his role. On January 26,it was announced the band was reunited with original lead guitarist Tony Rohrbough and had plans to record another album, which was to be self-funded. Bassist Michael "Skip" Cromer left the band Byzantine Power - Various - Voyages 6 to finding religion. On May 29,it was publicized that Byzantine would be recording their fifth album that September when producer Jay Hannon returned to West Virginia with new guitarist Brian Henderson and new bassist Sean Sydnor.
In Marchthe band announced on media that they had signed a 4 record contract with (Sacrés) Ragots - Chabada - Sacrés Ragots powerhouse label Metal Blade Records. It was announced that the band would begin recording in late summer for a spring release. The band finally entered the studio, once again working with Producer The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth Hannon.
Byzantine recorded at Byzantine Studios and 7 over 8 Studios. The release date of The Cicada Tree was pushed from spring to June 2 and ultimately was released on 28 July Byzantine then set out on their 1st true North American tour from mid September to Octoberin support of thrash metal legends Sacred Reich. Byzantine also introduced a new level of crowd interaction as a Tier on their Pledge Music drive. The Byz Boss was Byzantine Power - Various - Voyages 6 received by concert goers.
Byzantine plays progressive thrashwhich was compared by Decibel Magazine to Testament and Megadethwith power groove moves comparable to Meshuggah or Lamb of Godand occasional clean vocals. Byzantine plays very modern metal, exploring different musical territories or song structures,  and has been labeled as a "forward-thinking" band. The Gauntlet states " 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.
Lyrically the band is influenced by such bands as MeshuggahCarcass and Opeth and focuses on problems indigenous to their home, such as religion in American society. The band was featured on two tribute albums in which they recorded an exclusive cover song for each.
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