West Virginia's groove metal act Byzantine -- among the most underrated band of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal Movement -- will kick off a short run of live dates tonight (April 6th) with shows in Brooklyn, Wilmington, and Baltimore. The band has additional dates confirmed in June, including a show supporting Lamb Of God and labelmates Behemoth in Raleigh.
See all confirmed shows below:
4/06/2018 St. Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY 4/07/2018 Bar XIII - Wilmington, DE 4/08/2018 The Depot - Baltimore, MD 6/11/2018 The Ritz - Raleigh, NC w/ Lamb Of God, Behemoth 6/15/2018 Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA 6/16/2018 The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
The band is touring in support of the latest release "The Cicada Tree" released last summer via Metal Blade Records. To say The Cicada Tree is "classic Byzantine" in no way implies that this is an album solely rooted in the band's past. Certainly, all of the hallmarks that have made the sound so compelling for close to two decades are present and correct: muscular yet lithe riffs and fluid leads play against gripping, dynamic, and at times unpredictable rhythms, while rich melodies and lyrics that are both involved and intelligent wind their way through every track. But, once more, the groove metal unit has continued their steady evolution - the interplay between each members' organic and natural, imbuing the record's sixty-two-minute run time with a freshness and urgency.