Byzantine just released a music video through Billboard.com in support of the band's latest album, "To Release Is To Resolve." The song itself is an ode to the battle against prescription drug abuse, which has ravaged the band's hometown of Charleston, West Virigina along with locales surrounding the entire planet. It provides a glimpse into a very personal subject affecting countless lives while giving some top notch metal music.
Here's what the band had to say:
“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.”