The name Byzantine is synonymous with a band thriving in the underground for its whole existence. Heralded as the most underrated band from the New Wave of American Heavy Metal Movement, Byzantine has slowly gained a cult-like following after releasing 5 genre-bending albums. Now, Metal Blade Records has given Byzantine the chance to show their talent on a bigger stage and the band has responded with The Cicada Tree – the culmination of many years of musical craftsmanship and resounding songwriting. 16 years underground, it’s finally time for the world to hear Byzantine on June 2nd!
In conjunction with PledgeMusic, The Cicada Tree is now available to pre-order in various formats and bundles, with every “pledge”/purchase receiving a digital download of the tracks, plus exclusive content. To reserve your copy of the album (with 2 cover songs by Fishbone and the Cars), signed material from the band, apparel, and more, please visit: pledgemusic.com/projects/byzantine2017
Chris “OJ” Ojeda (vocals, rhythm guitar) comments: “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’s previous release, To Release Is To Resolve (2015), climbed to the #1 metal album spot on college rock radio, being only the 2nd indie album to do so after Clutch’s Earth Rocker. The record also broke into the Billboard Top 200 and earned a #1 spot on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal for one week, beating out new singles by Lamb of God and Slayer. With The Cicada Tree and their new deal with Metal Blade Records, Byzantine is poised to take the music world by storm once again