Byzantine, Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members Cover Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw”


Byzantine frontman/guitarist Chris “OJ” Ojeda has launched a new quarantined cover video featuring numerous special guests. It finds him covering Metallica‘s “The Shortest Straw” with the following special guests:

Lead guitars: Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex- Machine Head)
Rhythm guitars: Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, ex-God Forbid)
Bass/vocals: Chris Kale (Five Finger Death Punch)
Drums: Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance, ex-Dream Theater)

Ojeda commented:

Chris [Kael] and I have discussed working on something over the past few years since we are old friends. When I mentioned a Metallica cover during this time of restriction, he jumped at the chance. He was able to bring Mike [Portnoy] on board pretty quickly and I pulled Doc [Coyle] and Phil [Demmel] in.

I have been musically dormant since the release of ‘The Cicada Tree‘, spending time raising my 3 kids and building Trident Music Facility, so it feels GREAT to track some guitars and vocals again. ‘The Shortest Straw‘ is quite possibly a perfect Metallica song. I am a piece of driftwood in a sea of Gold performing this classic tune with these fantastic musicians! We hope you enjoy.”

Byzantine will also be hosting a livestreamed performance of their own originating from the aforementioned Trident Music Facility on July 25th with tickets available here.

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