Byzantine Announce 21st Anniversary Tour

Byzantine will be celebrating their 21st anniversary on a summer U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below. Chris “OJ” Ojeda commented:

“Maintaining a band with 4 members for this long has been one of the most difficult, yet rewarding tasks I’ve taken on. We look forward to performing our longest headlining set to date for our fans.”

Tour Dates:

07/16 Charleston, WV – Sam’s Uptown
07/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
07/30 Harrison, OH – Blue Note
07/31 Huntington, WV – V Club
08/05 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligan’s
08/06 Greenville, SC – The Radio Room
08/07 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
08/12 Chicago, IL – Reggies Music Joint
08/13 Hamtramck, MI – The Sanctuary
08/14 Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
08/19 Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
08/20 Providence, RI – Alchemy
08/21 Brooklyn, NY – The Arrogant Swine
08/22 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
08/26 Pipestem, WV – Metal In The Mountains

Byzantine Premiere “New Ways To Bear Witness” Music Video

Byzantine have premiered a new video for their new song “New Ways To Bear Witness.“ This song is from the band’s new album “The Cicada Tree,” which will be released on July 28.

While filming the clip, Chris “OJ” Ojeda suffered a concussion. He said the following about that:

“So, we came up with an idea of having our old drummer do a cameo appearance in the music video. Matt Wolfe left the band right before we signed with Metal Blade and had occupied the drum seat for the last 12 years. We felt it was a perfect opportunity to let fans know that we still love Matt and he’s still welcome and important to our band. What’s the best way to have an ousted band member make a cameo? To hit me with a vehicle, of course!

We set up the scene and did about 5 or 6 takes of Wolfe hitting me with the vehicle and me rolling off the vehicle. I didn’t know until we wrapped shooting the next day that something was wrong and had a very hard time driving home. I contacted an ER doctor friend of mine who told me I needed to come see him ASAP. After a CT Scan and an EKG, he let me know I had a standard sports type concussion from repeatedly hitting my head during the video shoot. I got 3 days off work and a cool story out of it! Rock!”

Byzantine To Release New Album “The Cicada Tree” In June

Byzantine have announced that their new album “The Cicada Tree” will officially be released on June 2. You can preorder the effort via PledgeMusic.


Chris “OJ” Ojeda said the following:

“The last two Byzantine albums were released DIY and both were coupled with successful crowd-funding campaigns. Now that we have finally landed a home with Metal Blade, we feel that it is vital that we continue our close relationship with our fan-base by offering up pre-orders for ‘The Cicada Tree‘ through PledgeMusic. Our experience with PledgeMusic has been nothing short of fantastic. We hope you enjoy ‘The Cicada Tree‘ as much as we enjoyed making it for you!”

Byzantine Announce Summer 2016 Shows

Byzantine have announced some summer shows. Check out the dates below:

06/24 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
07/08 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter Lounge
07/09 Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena
07/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit
07/23 Huntington, WV – The Vclub

Byzantine Part Ways With Matt Wolfe, Seek New Drummer

Byzantine have parted ways with Matt Wolfe. The band are now seeking a new drummer, and you can see what they are looking for below.


Byzantine has parted ways with longtime drummer Matt Wolfe and are seeking his replacement, effective immediately. Interested parties can email the band directly at
Qualifications are as follows:
Must live within a few hours driving distance of Charleston, WV
Must have own professional drum equipment and road cases
Must have a valid drivers license and transportation
Must have or be able to obtain a valid Passport
Must be drug free! Weed, whiskey and beer is cool. Anything schedule 3 and up… don’t bother
Must have the ability to tour 2-4 weeks at a time.