Guitarist/vocalist Chris Ojeda Adams of the West Virginia-based "tech-metal" band BYZANTINE has issued the following update on the recording sessions for the group's sophomore album, "...And They Shall Take Up Serpents", tentatively due in June via Prosthetic Records:
"Just finished the last night of tracking and I am really happy with what we have so far and and can't wait for you guys to hear it! Charles A Fisher (nano producer) and I will be burning tracks all day and making mixing notes for our boys Brad Divens (WRATHCHILD AMERICA) and Drew Mazurek (NOTHINGFACE, GWAR) who will begin mixing the album this upcoming week at Highview Studios in Maryland. We spent 42 days in Little Kids Day Care/101 Productions recording this album and it has gone really well. We also have about 14 hours of footage shot for our DVD that will be coming out later summer. The rhythm section sounds awesome and I am really happy with my vocals on this album, much happier than on 'The Fundamental Component'. Also, the solos Tony laid down slay! Next week we will begin recording our version of a killer cover song and holding bassist auditions. Should be fun. So make sure you catch us on the road as we will be tearing it up for the next 3 months in preparation for the release of '…And They Shall Take Up Serpents'."
BYZANTINE, who recently parted ways with longtime bassist Chris "Cid" Adams due to "musical differences," have some shows scheduled in the Northeast to warm up for their European Tour in May. "We've been off for a few months now recording our second album, so we need to get back out there and get the shows and the songs tight again. We also will be breaking in the new bassist as well," said Ojeda.
BYZANTINE's U.K. tour will run from May 12-28 before the band head back to the U.S. to jump on the EYEHATEGOD tour on May 31.
BYZANTINE's "warm-up" shows for Europe:
Apr. 21 - Hamden, CT @ Elks Lodge 2224
Apr. 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Flamingo
Apr. 24 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Grape Street Tavern
Apr. 28 - Richmond, VA @ Alley Catz
Apr. 29 - Charleston, WV @ The Sound Factory
Apr. 30 - Cleveland, OH @ The Phantasy
May 01 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St