Byzantine

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Snyjxr
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Snyjxr I'm not a huge fan of groove metal at all, and, honestly, the main reason I bought this originally is that the cover simply kicks ass! But then I listened to it, and who would have guessed it? This album might turn me into a new fan of the genre! Very good music in this record! I can't get enough of these grooves! Favorite track: Everything I Touch Bursts into Flame.
Scott Armitage
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Scott Armitage A groovy and progressive modern thrash classic. Although the singer's gruff, southern-fried mannerisms might not appeal to fans of the more stark styles of extreme metal, it's the melody and machismo that they add that elevates Byzantine above most of their contemporaries. The guitar and basswork is also notable throughout, sometimes evoking Testament and, at other times, prog giants Opeth. Stellar release. Favorite track: Efficacy.
Rhokeheart
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Rhokeheart It's Byzantine! Saw these guys a long time ago and was thoroughly impressed with their music. This cd is no exception. From what I understand these guys are from the same area as Lamb of God and they toured with them alot in the early years I could see how they influenced each other's sounds. An excellent metal album. Favorite track: Caldera.
Jonathan Donnelly
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Jonathan Donnelly Really quite unique these days, enjoyable and memorable groove metal with a strong vibe of Dream Theater prog influence. Never descends into bloated arrogance. Favorite track: Forged in the Heart of a Dying Star.
Frederick Squier
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Frederick Squier This is one of the best of the little known Metal bands out there. Byzantine always shows up on other Musicians best of lists but has always flown beneath the Metal Fans radar. Heavy, Progressive and just plan Awesome\,,/ Favorite track: Posthumous.
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[Music: Rohrbough/Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda] Never will they take me alive What do you want from me? Come into my place of solace Disrupting all I have ever known You lie just to get to me Stolen moments from my childhood Picked clean my adolescent bones You’re just a thief What is the meaning of this life? When my southern wings were never meant for flight Which side do you want to see from me? The progenitor of pure evil Which side do you want me to set free? Nothing is gained without much pain So low swings the pendulum Sawing through my seasoned bones Ripping the furrows in my skin The sand from my life is crashing down It drowns my purity Descendants now outnumber friends Long live the lie What is the meaning of this life? When my southern wings were never meant for flight ~ Rohrbough~ What is the meaning of this life? When my southern wings were never meant for flight Innocence left behind When the childish things are wiped away by time We have lost our sinlessness right now
2.
Soul Eraser 04:44
[Music: Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda/ Rakes] A hollow grin through black teeth you’ve found your way in Your god is smiling at you from the foil You’ve filled a vacancy in hell with your murder of crows It’s time to burn the bulb erase the soul No use to lie now You are indentured to a black tar lord A diluted gain with vermillion stains The peril remains A pseudo blend of elation When the devil reveals to be the source of your inner conflict you repress It’s the grinding of teeth and the opening of sores that ushers you in ~Rohrbough~ Mephitic tomb just a stone’s throw away from your son And now your singlewide is boarded up A treasure gone it’s been plundered from your sunken eyes Your mother cries she can’t take no more No use to lie now You are indentured to a black tar lord A diluted gain with vermillion stains The peril remains A pseudo blend of elation When the devil reveals to be the source of your inner conflict you repress It’s the grinding of teeth and the opening of sores that ushers you in I crawl inside your lungs to set you free Get thee behind me, Satan Engulfed by the stench of self ruin With numbness that feels complete ~ Rohrbough~ I set sorrow upon the family Auditory hallucination My tracks of love upon your face We fall together into the grave
3.
Efficacy 05:23
[Music: Rohrbough, Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda] This world has whittled away my goodness A graying bitter man displayed An angel, 10 yrs old, repentant A half dead heretic Embers of images playing through the Church’s halls A mind so full of hymns and lessons from the basement The Holy Eucharist dissolved upon innocent tongues Eternal backslide, I’ve lost my way Here I am, a lamb defaced Lost in the world of fables The nearer to the pew The further from the Son and the light In times of woe you cease to be The rock for me to stand upon Drowning in the siren’s song for me Never touch the face of love again ~ Rohrbough~ In times of woe you cease to be The rock for me to stand upon Drowning in the tide that washes me Swaying lifeless to and fro Come to me now, why so afraid? Your faith was tossed away Like branches withering and gathered for the burn Now we come face to face, my son, the trembling apostate This jealous God will show you what remains I am the dumping ground of dreams unplanted in the soul A lantern left behind you stumble through the night A life of broken dreams, I tear upon delicate seams Eternal backslider you’ve paved your way
4.
[Music: Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda] Oblivion is thrust upon your xenophobic race A cosmic disgrace You kill for greed you kill for lust A desert you’ll make of your home You are the inconceivable abomination Your sole existence is beyond comprehension Nauseating Homo sapiens Abysmal mockery Devoid of the laws of nature Your judgment lies in a different world From the love that you were born your forever alien Infection never to be healed ~Rohrbough~ We are sentient divinity Your feeble minds attempt to pluck our strings We hide above just out of reach Weary of bipedal leeches Beware the beast of man for he breeds in great numbers Praise God you’re locked away to dig for grubs in your arrogance Such insolence Your species on trial Feel the gavel of the creator Your judgment lies in a different world From the love that you were born your forever alien Evil coursing through human flesh ~Rohrbough, Ojeda, Rohrbough~
5.
Caldera 05:08
[Music: Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda/Rakes] Turn the page, fanning the flames of civil dissension Indignation displayed with the masses looking on Fill the role of martyr While burning as a pyre Strike a match, ignite the rage of passionate freewill Sloughing skin falls from the bone faith of man revealed Doused with fuel, a martyr Effluviums to uprise All issues now resolved Cauterized in silent screams rejecting pain with zeal Lighting fires in the minds of children in my midst Rioting in solitude, denounce captivity Conjuring the inner chi Chanting through burning teeth I shun thee... Ultracaninophile We live in despondent times The swarm is now paralyzed Caldera burns bright In your streets I clear my mind ~Rohrbough~ We live in despondent times The swarm is now paralyzed Caldera burns bright In your streets I clear my mind
6.
Signal Path 05:00
[Music: Rohrbough, Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda, Rakes] Hope is gone It has slipped away from fingers now gone numb Squeezing without ease The engine of flesh now ceases to beat I’m holding on What has seemed like years the memory is too strong Death, he bends my ear “Live”, he says “I am coming, do not fear” Life is slowly fading black I’ve found my way I’m coming back ~Rohrbough~ Life is slowly fading black I’ve found my way I’m coming back to life We all begin to die as soon as we’re born And the end is bleak Now I commence my last voyage Into darkness I take the leap And may their be no wailing at the wall when I’m out to sea For each sad moment of decay we rise There’s much death in this life
7.
[Music: Rohrbough/Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda/Rohrbough] Explain my friend How the mighty falls again Hubris unbound Found my comfort within pain Accept your errors clear the score Prove you’re wiser than before Enkindle dreams left unmade When all I touch bursts into flames My life is to be a private funeral to see The ship has run aground there to always anchor me You’ve got a lot of nerve The only enemy Has a face that looks like me A nihilist to the end You forced me to go under When in darkness I thrive Well laid plans torn asunder Fed to goats by my side ~Cromer, Rohrbough~ My life is to be only a catastrophe A war that ends in silent shallow victory You have got a lot of nerve The only enemy Has a face that looks like me A nihilist to the end
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Posthumous 05:48
[Music: Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda/Rakes] Crawl inside my skin for just one day Watch the fear of the coward led astray I’m defined by the gluttony to feel alive Collapse from the perch on which you reside Overcome by the need to burn you alive Inside to reveal the lie that's always here My infatuation is what you abhor No matter what is at stake the blame is all the same Crying eyes and the fear that the demons have held their sway ~Rohrbough~ Come crawl in my sin for just this day Beaten down by the guilt and the slow decay God grant me strength to keep up the lie Inside to reveal the lie that's always near My infatuation is what you abhor No matter what is at stake the blame is all the same Crying eyes and the fear that the demons have held their sway ~Ojeda~ I’ll never get this chance again Infected olive branch to mend Apologies are for the weak, the spineless And I’ve done wrecked you
9.
Pathogen 03:23
[Music: Ojeda, Lyrics: Ojeda/Rakes] Destroy this fucking host A god damn mass infection Replicating uncontrolled Colonized a billion fold Stare out through blood soaked eyes Widespread obliteration Composting human hull Sterilized by visceral insiders These pathogens release inside They flaunt your every weakness Reflecting pool of humanity Kill or be killed Defined by the will to live Designed for exploitation Subjugate the Achilles heel Breeding through our weaknesses Continue the conquering Innate propagation The cunning guise of hell A massive walking dead apocalypse These pathogens release inside They haunt your every footstep Relentless hold on humanity Kill or be killed Our sickness is an undertaking of the mortal mind But desperate diseases require desperate remedies With a goal to crush the will Erosive, microscopic Assaulting of the cell Idiopathic hemorrhage It’s been sent from hell To devour all you motherfuckers now ~Rohrbough~ These pathogens release inside They flaunt your every weakness Reflecting pool of humanity

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4th Full Length Studio Album by Underground Progressive Groove Metallers Byzantine

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released February 26, 2013

Chris Ojeda: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Tony Rohrbough: Rhythm/Lead Guitar
Michael Cromer: Bass Guitar
Matt Wolfe: Drums
Jay Hannon: Producer, Mixing/Mastering Engineer
Aaron Fisher: Assistant Engineer

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Byzantine West Virginia

Formed : 2000
Origin: West Virginia
Signed to Prosthetic Records 2004-2007.
Disbanded 2007.
Reformed in 2012 and released 2 albums independently.
Signed to Metal Blade Records in 2016. "The Cicada Tree" due out Summer 2017!

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