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Byzantine

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 1:00 AM - 6:00 AM


​FTMP Events presents:
Byzantinew/ Eyes of the Blind, Diceros, A.C. Anton, & moreǃ
Saturday, June 22ndDoors at 6:00 pm$10 Presale, $12 at the doorAges 18+ (ID Required / Strictly Enforced)
at: Evening Star Concert Hall8810 Niagara Falls Blvd.Niagara Falls, NY 14304
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Byzantine : http://www.byzantinemetal.com
To state that 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 their 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 their members organic and natural, imbuing the record’s sixty-two-minute running time with a freshness and urgency. “After seventeen years of writing music for Byzantine, I know to let it just come as it may,” states vocalist/guitarist Chris Ojeda. “I never really know what the songs are going to sound like or even the direction they might take. My main focus is to always experiment and push the parameters that have been pushed by past Byzantine albums, without straying too far from the original goal.“
With recently recruited drummer Matt Bowles (ex-Our Malignant Beloved) infusing their sound with a new youthfulness, alongside the heady talents that guitarist Brian “Hendo” Henderson and bassist Sean Sydnor bring to bear, penning the follow up to 2015′s To Release Is To Resolve was far from an arduous process. For Ojeda, racking up a substantial discography has brought an extra assuredness to his songwriting, which shines through at every turn. “The first few albums, you’re trying to find your sound, and sometimes you tend to not see the forest for the trees. Now, on album number six, it seems a calmness took hold during the songwriting process, possibly from just having more confidence in our sound. At this point, our fans expect us to experiment and push our boundaries, which is an extremely liberating feeling.” The Cicada Tree easily stands as their most accessible release to date, with the likes of “Map of the Creator” perfectly pitching weighty metallic elements against ruthlessly catchy melodies, while the pulsating crunch of “Trapjaw” is irresistible. However, Ojeda’s assertion that there are no “jumping the shark” or “wimping out” moments that might serve to alienate their longtime faithful rings true, and when they really push their sound to its limit – most prominently on the nine-minute “Verses Of Violence” and the jazz-infused volatile metal of “Incremental” – they still remain very much Byzantine. True to form, while the epic strains of “Verses of Violence” flirt with multiple genres, it started out as a simple riff and grew organically from there, and at no point did they have a specific running time in their crosshairs. Likewise, “Incremental” evolved naturally even while they were in the studio. “I stopped writing the album at seven songs in, thinking we were going to re-record an old song as well as add two covers,” Ojeda admits. “Our engineer, Jay Hannon, told me the album didn’t feel complete and I needed to keep pushing myself. I took his advice to heart and wrote ‘Incremental’ and ‘The Subjugated’ pretty quickly, and while in the studio Hendo’s jazzy solo was the cherry on top for ‘Incremental’. It’s actually one of my favorite tracks on the album, and it started out essentially as a filler song.“
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