Byzantine

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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.
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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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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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Track Name: Which Light Shall Never Penetrate
[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
Track Name: Soul Eraser
[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
Track Name: Efficacy
[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
Track Name: Forged in the Heart of a Dying Star
[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~
Track Name: Caldera
[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
Track Name: Signal Path
[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
Track Name: Everything I Touch Bursts into Flame
[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
Track Name: Posthumous
[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
Track Name: Pathogen
[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