Longtime Byzantine Drummer Matt Wolfe Has Died


Matt Wolfe, who played drums for Byzantine from 2002 through 2015, has died. He was just 46 years old. A statement from the band indicated he died “from a long battle with addiction.”

Wolfe was not Byzantine’s first drummer but was easily their best known, performing on all of their albums except for The Cicada Tree (2017).

The band released a tribute video to Wolfe compiled by Screaming Butterfly Entertainment that features some behind the scenes footage, interviews and performances. They accompanied that video with the following message:

“We are deeply saddened to pass along word that our friend and ex-drummer Matthew Wolfe has passed away from a long battle with addiction. Matt was a phenomenal musician, songwriter and guitarist. Matt started playing drums only 8 months prior to joining BYZANTINE, quickly getting the band signed and performing on stages alongside some of his biggest idols in heavy metal. Matt loved the WV Mountaineers, the Green Bay Packers, loved animals and meeting new friends on the road. Matt’s biggest love was his son Ethan and Ethan’s two older sisters Kendall and CJ. Matt’s unwavering support of the local music scene and bands he shared the stage with will forever ensure Matt is remembered fondly. Matt Wolfe was 46 years old. WE LOVE YOU WOLFE!”

On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks, we wish Matt’s family, friends and bandmates all the best during this time. May you know that Matt’s music affected a whole lot of us in a very tangible and lasting way.

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