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Album: The Cicada Tree
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron
Byzantine have done what many bands attempt, but few accomplish. And that’s creating a new metal sounding album that stays true to it’s traditional metal roots. The first song, New Ways To Bear Witness is a blistering track that comes out swinging. Followed up quickly by Vile Maxim, the band continues to pummel your senses. My favorite tracks are the aforementioned songs along with Trapjaw and the awesome cover of The Cars‘ Moving In Stereo. Given the quality of material here this should easily be a breakthrough album for Byzantine. The production quality is top notch and the musicianship is outstanding across the board. Chris Ojeda‘s voice allows the band to go from smooth sounding vocals to a full on metal assault, depending on the particular song. The Cicada Tree is a solid metal album that should appeal to fans of bands like Adrenaline Mob as well as heavier bands like Testament and Death Angel. Go pick this up now. Metal fans who fail to get this one will really be missing out on a great album.
New Ways to Bear Witness
Map of the Creator
Dead as Autumn Leaves
The Cicada Tree
Verses of Violence
Moving in Stereo
Chris Ojeda – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Brian Henderson – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Sean Sydnor – Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Matt Bowles – Drums