West Virginia's forward-thinking thrashers BYZANTINE have issued the following update:
"As of today, BYZANTINE is no longer a functioning band. Due to various circumstances the band will not be touring or performing together.
"We would like to first thank everyone that has supported this band throughout the years. You are the people that really made everything worthwhile and we are amazed at the wonderful response we have had from all of you. Because of you, we were part of something special and without you none of this would have been possible. Next, we would like to thank all the kick-ass bands that we have played shows with and hung out with. These were good times that we won't soon forget.
"It's with heavy hearts that we move on from this.
"Sincerely, from all of us in BYZANTINE, thank you so very much for the great experience that this was. Stay metal, everyone. Montani Semper Liberi."
BYZANTINE's latest album, "Oblivion Beckons", was released this past Tuesday (January 22) through Prosthetic. The CD is the follow-up to 2005's "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents", which led to touring throughout the United States and Canada, including an appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in 2006.
The band's first-ever DVD, "Salvation", came out last year, featuring a live performance, exclusive bootlegs, an uncut video for the track "Jeremiad" and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. A trailer can be viewed below.