February 20, 2013
Byzantine is back with new album, new attitude
No label, no money, no problem. Charleston metal band Byzantine will release its first full-length record in five years with shows this weekend in Huntington and Morgantown. (David Stephenson photo)


Byzantine CD release show

With Nation, DeadFaceDown and Among The Dead

WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 8 p.m.)

WHERE: The V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington

COST: $12 advance, $15 day of show

INFO: www.vclublive.com or 304-781-0680


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- These days, Byzantine's story begins when it once seemingly ended: January 2008.

The Charleston metal band had just released "Oblivion Beckons" on L.A.-based Prosthetic Records, then broke up days later due to internal and external factors. After a few major-label releases and tours with huge metal bands in the United States and Europe, the band was done.

Fast forward to now.

Byzantine's new self-titled, fan-funded album and its singles, "Signal Path" and "Soul Eraser," are cracking Top 10 lists populated by major-label bands. The nine-song record, Byzantine's fourth studio effort reached No. 11 on the Sirius XM Liquid Metal Top 20 Most Played Albums, ahead of bands like Stone Sour and Down.

The response from fans, critics and fellow musicians to the new material has been overwhelming, said singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Ojeda.

"People are picking up on this stuff; it's crazy," he said. "I have a friend who plays in Five Finger Death Punch who just emailed me last night saying they have got to have the new album. All these bigger bands, everybody's hearing it, and I think they're hearing that chemistry that never left."

Byzantine will officially release the album Tuesday, preceded by shows at The V Club in Huntington on Saturday and 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown on Sunday.

The band is running things itself now. Albums and merchandise ship from Ojeda's basement. The musician, who also runs his own home improvement business, said the DIY method is a fun challenge that puts him in direct contact with Byzantine's fans.

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