Byzantine Release Music Video For Their Stand Against Opiate Addiction “The Agonies”


Byzantine‘s music video for “The Agonies” debuted through today. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Ojeda said of the song:

“The song title ‘The Agonies‘ is a street term for the severe withdrawal symptoms from prescription pain pill abuse. This subject is extremely personal for me, as this problem has infiltrated many good lives of people I know and grew up with. It’s an epidemic, plain and simple. It has taken my home state, which has always been known for being blue-collar, hardworking, tough as nails, and turned it into a pre-apocalyptic scene of the unemployed, the depressed and the hopeless.

My own hometown was once a place that we could leave our windows open on hot summer nights with no fear. Now my parents don’t feel safe in their home, just like most senior citizens. If you fit the demographic for having pain medication in your home, chances are pretty good that you also fit the demographic for being slain in your home by the same kids you watched play in your yard 15 years ago.”

There’s more on that from Ojeda at the above mentioned link. “The Agonies” appears on the bands latest release, “To Release Is To Resolve“.