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Byzantine Have Recorded Covers Of The Cars & Fishbone


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Byzantine have again covered some tracks, this time during the sessions for their new album “The Cicada Tree“. Their latest choices include “Moving In Stereo” by The Cars and Fishbone‘s “Servitude“. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Ojeda recently told Metal Insider of them:

“We have just recently got into the vibe of doing cover songs again. Over the course of our first three albums, we only recorded two [covers], “Electric Eye” by Judas Priest and “Shoplift” by Eyehategod, [which were] both released in 2007 . Once we did the Fear Factory and Alice in Chains covers in 2015, we thought we should keep doing these as long as they are fun and honor the original songs. I’m not a fan of completely changing a song for a cover. We try to honor the original and add just a touch of our flair to the songs.

The new songs, “Moving In Stereo” by The Cars and “Servitude” by Fishbone, are complete opposites of our style, but when we heard the songs it felt completely natural for us to cover them. We all are huge fans of metal, but Byzantine has always been comprised of musicians who mainly listen to other types of music besides metal as their first choice. For me, I listen to more Porcupine Tree, Katatonia, Tears For Fears, Seal and Sade than I do heavy metal. We make sure our outside influences always color our music but never completely pull us away from our thrash metal roots.”

Metal Blade have a May release date in mind for the album, with the covers likely to appear as bonus b-sides with select editions.

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