On 233 Favorites Lists

NEWS

09-05 Chimaira disbands
09-03 Members leave Chimaira... agai
05-15 New Chimaira Song
04-19 Chimaira post album trailer
11-10 Chimaira guitarists to quit

» Edit Band Information
» Edit Albums

» Add a Review
» Add an Album
» Add MP3
» Add News

Chimaira

Chimaira (pronounced /kaɪˈmɪərə/) is an American metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, formed in 1998. The band is a notable member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Their band name is derived from the word Chimera, a monstrous creature in Greek mythology. They play a style of mainly groove metal, with some metalcore, industrial metal, and death metal influences.

Chimaira was formed in 1998 by rhythm guitarist Jason Hager, and vocalist Mark Hunter. The pair recruited Jason Genaro on drums and Andrew Ermlick on bass to complete the line-up. Their first EP, This Pres ...read more

Chimaira (pronounced /kaɪˈmɪərə/) is an American metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, formed in 1998. The band is a notable member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Their band name is derived from the word Chimera, a monstrous creature in Greek mythology. They play a style of mainly groove metal, with some metalcore, industrial metal, and death metal influences.

Chimaira was formed in 1998 by rhythm guitarist Jason Hager, and vocalist Mark Hunter. The pair recruited Jason Genaro on drums and Andrew Ermlick on bass to complete the line-up. Their first EP, This Present Darkness, was released on January 11, 2000, on East Coast Empire records. This EP featured a few songs that were later re-recorded for their major label release on Roadrunner Records, entitled Pass Out Of Existence. Jason Hager later left the band after Pass Out Of Existence due to family issues and the band gained Matt DeVries, a long time friend of the band and guitarist for the Cleveland based band Ascension. Pass Out Of Existence didn't sell that many records when it was released in 2001, but The Impossibility Of Reason, released in 2003, was enough to fund Chimaira’s extensive touring with In Flames, and their second-stage performance at Ozzfest, also in 2003.

Musically, Pass Out Of Existence had a much more "electronic" sound than The Impossibility Of Reason, with Chris Spicuzza’s pronounced electronic loops featured in many songs. This sound was often compared to artists like Fear Factory, Spineshank and Slipknot. The Impossibility Of Reason kept with a more pure, metal-esque instrumentation, akin to metalcore bands such as Killswitch Engage, and this was found to be very popular—the album reached #2 on Billboard’s "Heatseekers" chart.

Their self-titled album, released in August 2005, built upon the progress of The Impossibility Of Reason. The electronic feel of Pass Out Of Existence and This Present Darkness was greatly reduced, and the guitar riffs and solos took a more central position to the band’s music. The band hired Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index) to fill the now empty position behind the drumkit. The themes of "rejection, revenge and repercussion" from The Impossibility Of Reason remained, with exceptions - the track 'Lazarus' is named for, and written about a friend of Mark Hunter’s (singer) committing suicide. In mid-2006 Chimaira and Roadrunner announced they would amicably part ways.

On March 6th, 2007, Chimaira released Resurrection on Nuclear Blast/Ferret Records, with some special packs containing a DVD of the making of the album. Andols Herrick returned to the band, and musically the album was an evolution of previous efforts. The songs feature heavy and pounding riffs, as in the likes of Chimaira, but also featured more thoughtful melodic parts and, what can be considered, more progressive solo parts and arrangements.. Unsurprisingly, the song 'Resurrection' was written about the new lease of life the band (especially Mark Hunter) felt upon release from Roadrunner, who they felt, were not promoting the band as much as the band felt they deserved.

Before the release of the album The Infection (2009), the band had been posting short clips on their web page from the upcoming album, which was written in Cleveland, Ohio with producer Ben Schigel, who previously produced the band’s album The Impossibility Of Reason and their self titled album. The Infection was mixed by Zeuss, who mixed and produced albums for Hatebreed and Shadows Fall, and was released on April 21, 2009. At its annual Chimaira Christmas show on December 30, 2008, they debuted a new song entitled 'Secrets Of The Dead'.

The Infection debuted at number 30 on the Billboard 200. During a number of European tour dates supporting The Infection, Chimaira had Emil Werstler of Dååth filling in for Matt DeVries, as DeVries’ girlfriend had their first child.

The 10th annual Chimaira Christmas show was held at the House of Blues in Cleveland Ohio on December 27, 2009 and was filmed for a live DVD, entitled Coming Alive, which was released in 2010.

In late 2010, bassist Jim LaMarca retired from the band. Chimaira released the following statement regarding his departure: . After a decade of good times and achievements, our friend and band mate Jim LaMarca has decided to retire from CHIMAIRA. We wish him nothing but the best as he settles in and starts a family. As for seeking a replacement… we’ll cross that bridge down the line. In the meantime, consider it ‘business as usual’ with the CHIMAIRA you know and love". The band tapped Werstler once again, this time to replace LaMarca as a member of the band on bass.

By mid 2011, more lineup changes would occur. On April 5th, keyboard player Chris Spicuzza announced his departure from the band, citing a "negative environment and the general state of the music industry". A week later, drummer Andols Herrick also announced his departure. He stated he was asked to leave due to "differences". He also stated the band members had parted on good terms. Later in the year, it was announced that the annual Christmas show would be the last for guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries. Werstler was slid over to guitar duties and Jeremy Creamer, also of Daath, was brought in to replace him on bass. Matt Szlachta of Dirge Within was chosen to fill the other vacant guitar spot. Austin D’amond of Bleed The Sky and Sean Zatorsky of Daath have taken over drums and keyboard duties respectively. « hide

Similar Bands: Divine Heresy, Lamb Of God, Shadows Fall, DevilDriver, Threat Signal

LPs
Crown Of Phantoms
07/30/2013

3.3
97 Votes
The Age Of Hell
2011

3.3
207 Votes
The Infection
2009

3.2
321 Votes
Resurrection
2007

3.7
473 Votes
Chimaira
2005

3.8
507 Votes
The Impossibility Of Reason
2003

3.7
471 Votes
Pass Out Of Existence
2001

3.1
300 Votes
EPs
This Present Darkness
2000

3.2
55 Votes
Live Albums
Coming Alive
2010

4
33 Votes
Compilations
The Age of Remix Hell
2011

2.5
2 Votes

Music Lists
10.05.14  Just Went Through My Old Cds And...09.30.14  R.i.p. Chimaira
09.24.14  Top 10 Workout Albums09.20.14  Xcom: Sputnik Acquired
09.05.14  R.I.P Chimaira08.31.14  Formidable Illustrations Of A Prist
05.30.14  Bored?04.14.14  A Trio Of Self Titleds
04.05.14  My Best Of 201303.31.14  Why I Loved High School
12.18.13  '13 Favorites/needs More Listens/di12.16.13  iTokoloshe's 25 Of 2013
12.13.13  iTokoloshe's 25 Of 200712.11.13  iTokoloshe's 25 Of 2009
12.11.13  iTokoloshe's 25 Of 201111.17.13  Best Albums Of All Time
10.16.13  Life Is Really Good.10.11.13  Blue.
08.19.13  First Day Of Class, Class Canceled05.10.13  Bands That Have Lost Too Many Membe
» More Lists (175)

Contributors: Deviant., XcKyle93, SadAndHolyGlow, Spec, NWOAHM666, BassDemon333, AfterTheBreakdown, shartdartfart, ThePalestMexican, knowforever, darkwargreymon, RowboatK, ninjuice, BallsToTheWall, DWittisarockstar, Let's Chop Cats!, Mikesn, Lostandfound2, TheSunSleeps348, apriL, FR33L0RD, Cyka, Med57, RoderickINM, JokineAugustus, Voivod, Metalstyles,

FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy