West Virginia-based "tech-metal" band BYZANTINE have parted ways with lead guitarist Tony Rorhbough. "Tony is a founding member and has been an integral part of BYZANTINE since its conception in 2000," the band write on their web site. "Tony's musical ability, technical prowess and overall mastery of the language of guitar will be missed immensely and we in BYZANTINE wish him all the best with all his future endeavors."The upcoming Under The Underground Tour in October with HALO OF LOCUSTS and THE DREAM IS DEAD will continue as planned. BYZANTINE has hired longtime friend Eric Seevers (LIECUS) to fill in temporarily for this tour. After that, BYZANTINE will look for a permanent replacement for the lead guitarist position." BYZANTINE's sophomore album, "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents", was released in July via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to "The Fundamental Component" was produced by the band and Aaron Fisher and was mixed by Brad Divens (FU MANCHU, WRATHCHILD AMERICA) and Drew Mazurek.
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