West Virginia’s kings of metal Byzantine have been without a drummer for a short period of time now. The band released their latest album ‘To Release Is to Resolve’ in February. The single “The Agonies” received major air play on Sirius XM and was on their top 10 list for a substantial amount of time. The band has always been the metal underdog and this album helped show how truly great they are and helped give them the respect they deserve. Chris “OJ” Ojeda (guitar, vocals) is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. Not long after they toured in support of the new album it was announced in December that the band had parted ways with drummer Matt Wolfe. They were quick to announce try outs for a new drummer. The following was posted on the Byzantine facebook page:
BYZANTINE PARTS WAYS WITH MATT WOLFE, SEEKS DRUMMER!
Byzantine has parted ways with longtime drummer Matt Wolfe and are seeking his replacement, effective immediately. Interested parties can email the band directly at MickShrimpton@yahoo.com
Qualifications are as follows:
Must live within a few hours driving distance of Charleston, WV
Must have own professional drum equipment and road cases
Must have a valid drivers license and transportation
Must have or be able to obtain a valid Passport
Must be drug free! Weed, whiskey and beer is cool. Anything schedule 3 and up… don’t bother
Must have the ability to tour 2-4 weeks at a time.
It seems now Byzantine have filled the position and are set to make the announcement about their new drummer. Drummers from all over the region have sent in audition tapes and made strides in joining the already powerful West Virginia metal legends. Byzantine announce today via Facebook when the announcement will take place.
Byzantine will be in studio with WTSQ 88.1 The Status Quo 10 to midnight, Saturday. We will be hosting Harry’s Heavy Metal Haven with our own playlists, stories, and an announcement on our newest member! Tune in and get your face rocked!
Make sure to tune in from 10 pm (EST) to Midnight and listen to everything the band has to say as well as who will be the next person to slay the drums in Byzantine.
Follow Byzantine on Facebook here..