Appalachian Noir: The Deciblog Interview with Chris “OJ” Ojeda of Byzantine

Appalachian Noir: The Deciblog Interview with Chris “OJ” Ojeda of Byzantine

The proverbial long way to the top has definitely been a long one for Byzantine, which started in a part of rural West Virginia with minimal access to heavy metal and widespread economic problems. Many of the band's best songs since their formation have touched on the problems of Appalachia, particularly rampant prescription drug abuse. Decibel  talked to frontman Chris "OJ" Ojeda about his long metal apprenticeship and one of the world's most dangerous jobs: prescription pharmacy delivery driver in rural America. 

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Rise of the Machines: A Dark Electronic/Ambient Starter Kit

Rise of the Machines: A Dark Electronic/Ambient Starter Kit

Heavy metal has been flirting with electronic music for decades now, but the lines between the two worlds seem blurrier today than ever before. Chalk it up to Internet culture—with instant access to all the world’s information comes a vast multitude of subgenres that have enough permutations to satisfy all but the most discerning purists. Add to that the recent popularity of synth-heavy horror flicks like It Follows and numerous electronic artists signing to metal labels (Goblin Rebirth on Relapse, Gost/Dan Terminus/Perturbator on Blood Music) and it becomes pretty obvious: dark electronic/ambient music has pulled off a full-scale crossover!

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