The Fundamental Component

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The Fundamental Component
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 2004
GenreGroove metal, progressive metal, thrash metal
ProducerAaron Fisher and Byzantine
Byzantine chronology
The Fundamental Component
…And They Shall Take Up Serpents
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Lambgoat8/10 stars[2]

The Fundamental Component is the first studio album from Byzantine. It was released on February 10, 2004.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hatfield" – 5:51
  2. "Stick Figure" – 4:49
  3. "Stoning Judas" – 4:38
  4. "My New Casket" – 6:16
  5. "Sin Remover" – 5:47
  6. "Slipping On Noise" – 4:54
  7. "Kill Chain" – 5:19
  8. "The Devil’s Arithmetic" – 4:30
  9. "Brundlefly" – 4:38
  10. "The Filth of Our Underlings" – 5:43


  • Chris "OJ" Ojeda - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
  • Tony Rohbrough - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
  • Chris "Cid" Adams - Bass Guitar
  • Matt Wolfe - Drums
  • Josh Galeos - mixing
  • Aaron Fisher - Producer/engineer


  • "Hatfield"

Critical Reception[edit]

Reception for the Fundamental Component ranged from slightly to generally positive.

AllMusic felt that the albums' best songs were "unveiling truly progressive and exploratory melodic passages"; but that the remainder was hindered by excessive tinkering and split style between metal sub-genres.[1]

Disagreeing with these negatives, Lambgoat appreciated the split musical influences, praising both the groove and hard violence of the guitars. The variety of vocals also received praise, especially of the control demonstrated when varying between different styles. The review summarised with "Any fan of heavy metal should love this album, because there is something for everyone".[2]

Exclaim! also appreciated the instrumental variety, but scorned the quality of OJ's singing as "atrociously meagre", with a combined effect that though the album was interesting, a number of pieces became unbearable.[3]


  1. ^ a b Eduardo Rivadavia. "Fundamental Component review by AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Rob McFeters (19 March 2004). "Fundamental Component review by Lambgoat". Lambgoat. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ Jill Mikkelson (1 April 2004). "Fundamental Component review by Exclaim!". Exclaim!. Retrieved 29 January 2019.