Ex-Byzantine Drummer Matthew Wolfe Passes Away

Ex-Byzantine drummer Matthew Wolfe has sadly passed away. His death was the result of his battle with addiction.

The band issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to pass along word that our friend and ex-drummer Matthew Wolfe has passed away from a long battle with addiction. Matt was a phenomenal musician, songwriter and guitarist. Matt started playing drums only 8 months prior to joining Byzantine, quickly getting the band signed and performing on stages alongside some of his biggest idols in heavy metal. Matt loved the WV Mountaineers, the Green Bay Packers, loved animals and meeting new friends on the road. Matt’s biggest love was his son Ethan and Ethan’s two older sisters Kendall and CJ. Matt’s unwavering support of the local music scene and bands he shared the stage with will forever ensure Matt is remembered fondly. Matt Wolfe was 46 years old. WE LOVE YOU WOLFE!

Exodus, Misery Index, M.O.D., Etc. Set For 2021 Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Full Terror Assault Open Air festival. The event will take place on September 8-11 at the Hogrock Campground in Cave In Rock, IL and it will feature: Exodus (old school set), Misery Index, M.O.D. (M.O.D./S.O.D. set), Weedeater, Internal Bleeding, Black Tusk, No/Más, Bat, Axeslasher, Lividity, Ground, Wormhole, Wvrm, WarCurse, Mobile Deathcamp, Byzantine, Malignancy, Handsome Prick, Bandit, Obscene, Savage Master, Extinction A.D., 200 Stab Wounds, Atoll, Scattered Guts, Duskwalker, Sexual Atrocities, Wraith, Alleyway, Nest, Grays Divide, Pillory, Virulent Excision, Batwizard, Having Kittens, and Chemicaust.

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, Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw”

Chris “OJ” Ojeda (Byzantine) has joined forces with Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, etc.), Chris Kale (Five Finger Death Punch), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.) for a quarantine cover of Metallica‘s “The Shortest Straw.” You can check that out below:

Ojeda commented:

“Chris [Kael] and I have discussed working on something over the past few years since we are old friends. When I mentioned a Metallica cover during this time of restriction, he jumped at the chance. He was able to bring Mike [Portnoy] on board pretty quickly and I pulled Doc [Coyle] and Phil [Demmel] in.

I have been musically dormant since the release of ‘The Cicada Tree‘, spending time raising my 3 kids and building Trident Music Facility, so it feels GREAT to track some guitars and vocals again. ‘The Shortest Straw‘ is quite possibly a perfect Metallica song. I am a piece of driftwood in a sea of Gold performing this classic tune with these fantastic musicians! We hope you enjoy.”

Carnifex, 3TEETH, Combichrist, Etc. Set For 2020 Texas Independence Fest

The first set of bands have been revealed for the 2020 Texas Independence Fest. That event will take place at Come And Take It Live in Austin, TX on April 11 and it will feature: Carnifex, 3TEETH, Combichrist, The Browning, King 810, Byzantine, Skold, and A Killer’s Confession.

Soulfly, Vio-lence, Kataklysm, Etc. Set For 2019 Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Full Terror Assault Open Air festival. The event will take place at Hogrock Campround in Cave In Rock, IL on September 4-7 and it will feature: Soulfly, Vio-lence, Kataklysm, Grave, M.O.D. (performing M.O.D. and S.O.D. sets), Exhorder, Crisix, Skeletal Remains, Jungle Rot, Cliteater, Ringworm, Krisiun, Genocide Pact, Dehumanized, Morbid Saint, Wrath, Indestructible Noise Command, Cast The Stone, Hatchet, Waco Jesus, Pains, Byzantine, Wrvm, Elbow Deep, Rhythm Of Fear, Poolside At The Flamingo, Sexual Atrocities, Toxic Ruin, A Hill To Die Upon, Ground, Drag Them Down, Confused, Invidiosus, Embludgeonment, Smash Potater, Bleed The Victim, Woundvac, Meet The Mailman, Summoner’s Circle, Minimum Wage Assassins, Cheese Grater Masturbation, Crater, Hammerhedd, Buzzzar, Viken, and Eulogy In Blood.

All That Remains, Chelsea Grin, Unearth, Etc. Set For 2019 Metal In The Mountains Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Metal In The Mountains festival. The event will take place in Pipestem, WV on May 31-June 1 and the daily lineups can be found below::

May 31: Chelsea Grin, Slaughter To Prevail, Enterprise Earth, Bodysnatcher, Traitors, Fate Destroyed, Snipers Of Babel, Synlakross, Sister Kill Cycle, Byzantine, M99, Waking The Sleeper, Fight Like Sin, Phoenix Rising, Shadow Syn, and 20 Spot.

June 1: All That Remains, Unearth, Flaw, Blue Felix, Discrepancies, Losing September, Black Plague, Seasons, Gold Frankincense & Myrrh, RVNT, Lydia Can’t Breathe, Razorwire Halo, Hallow Point, Ovtlier, Modern Mimes, My Demons Galore, Dark Avenue, Arm The Witness, Silverspork, Mindflight, Alter The Design, State Of Mine, Stoke The Fire, Sinshrift, Another Day’s Armor, and Pen My Legacy.