Chimaira guitarists to quit
2011-11-10 by Magnus Altkula STAFF | 34 Comments

Chimaira's long time guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries are both leaving the band at the end of 2011 due to personal reasons. The split is amicable and the rest of Chimaira wish the guys well in their future endeavors.

Full statement by vocalist Mark Hunter: "I would like to start off by thanking our fans for a great tour. This last run was a blast, and truly the most fun we've had in a long while. The energy from the audience was exactly what we needed, and a welcoming return. Thank you guys!

Unfortunately, as much fun as we were having, behind the scenes we were aware of some unfortunate realities that prevented us from "living the dream" and having the time of our lives. We had another bomb to drop on the fans.

Early in July we were informed that Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries would be leaving Chimaira at the end of 2011. Of course this was a huge blow, but there were no hard feelings. We understand that life invades art, everything runs its course, and we have to take different paths. We respect their decision and wish them only the best. We made heavy metal history together and that is all that matters at the end of the day. Chimaira Christmas 12 will be their last show, and we've been preparing to make it one that you'll never forget.

I would personally like to thank Rob and Matt for all of their hard work, years of service to Chimaira, amazing songs, and for their friendship. Together we built something special that will remain for generations to come. I'm looking forward to spending another 5 weeks on the road with two of the best (and criminally underrated) guitarists in modern metal.

What's next for Chimaira in 2012? More on that very soon. Rather than try and make light of unpleasant news, or downplay this by hyping up a new line-up, let's take a few to honor Rob and Matt. My favorite solo of Rob's is on "The Heart Of It All" and my favorite riff of Matt's is "The Dehumanizing Process". I'll be cranking those today. What about you? See you in Detroit."


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FictionalFlames
November 10th 2011

1511 Comments


what a shame.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2011

30320 Comments


Rob Arnold was really the driving force of this band, so rip

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kygermo
November 10th 2011

994 Comments


Mark Hunter must be a real doucher..

Wizard
November 10th 2011

18799 Comments


RIP Chimaira

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bluehaze54
November 10th 2011

50 Comments


So does this make Mark the only original member now?

Ending
November 10th 2011

1863 Comments


They had an okay run. Hopefully they can find another guy (or two guys) to fill the spot if they want to continue though.

BallsToTheWall
November 10th 2011

44164 Comments


Band should be called Mark Hunter and the Chimairas. Band hasn't been good since Resurrection.

seedofnothing
November 10th 2011

3425 Comments


creapin again

renegadestrings
November 10th 2011

1416 Comments


in all honesty, the last album was lacking. there was nothing that stood out about it at all. best wishes to them all though, and thanks for self-titled

BassDemon333
November 10th 2011

3291 Comments


Band is officially dead now. Rob was one of the contributing writers of all their music, they shouldn't even be called Chimaira anymore.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2011

20283 Comments


Wow, can these guys hold onto anyone?

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FearThyEvil9
November 10th 2011

11411 Comments


Peace out Chimaira.

raggedragamuffin
November 10th 2011

689 Comments


gotta thank these guys for helping me transition into heavy music. self titled was sick.

Uranium
November 10th 2011

6653 Comments


Seen them live a few times and never really thought they were anything special. At least leaving on good terms is pretty cool.

TheSpirit
November 10th 2011

16675 Comments


dont care

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eternium
November 10th 2011

16213 Comments


Band used to be awesome. They were playing upstairs while I was at Boris. Now I kind of wish I got a glimpse of them live.. oh well.

Regulator
November 10th 2011

594 Comments


seeing them sunday for the first time in a solid 7 years. always kinda liked this band, never got too into them. we will see how it goes sunday.

AfterTheBreakdown
November 10th 2011

7106 Comments


Chimaira's last album has boring aside from a few good songs. I actually think they might be able to come back and make a better album next time.

JeetJeet
November 10th 2011

662 Comments


goddamn. I'm surprised as fuck that these guys haven't just called it quits yet. I give em another year tops.

trevor879
November 10th 2011

7 Comments


Damn. That's too bad. Rob Arnold contributed largely to the band's musical direction. I am going to miss his style of playing as well as Andols' drumming style. They were one of the first death metal bands I got into. Hopefully, Mark Hunter can gather up some new guitarists. It would be nice to have that classic Chimaira sound on their future albums, but with Rob and Andols gone, we can't be sure.

pizzamachine
November 10th 2011

12568 Comments


in b4 Josh D. says "Oh well."

bloc
November 10th 2011

34502 Comments


This band is completely done for now.

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Benwx
November 10th 2011

127 Comments


So I guess they'll pull out of Soundwave then? FML

eternium
November 10th 2011

16213 Comments


They were one of the first death metal bands I got into.


AgentZero
November 10th 2011

319 Comments


^ Damnit. Just beat me to that one.

MoosechriS
November 11th 2011

4647 Comments


band is fucked

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2011

5626 Comments


Damn what's with this band???



Don't be too hasty in erasing this band's name off the blackboard, though.

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Toadstool
November 11th 2011

134 Comments


Aw :/

austin888
November 11th 2011

330 Comments


This officially signals the end of Chimaira as we know it.

suppatime
November 11th 2011

428 Comments


Still undecided whether to go see them or not, considering it's almost like a farewell tour.

paxman
November 12th 2011

4083 Comments


So it was announced in early July?

Sputnik has consistently been the worst place for music news.

NWOAHM666
November 12th 2011

849 Comments


Sucks pretty much, they were one of the biggest (and coolest) bands in the modern scene.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2011

8223 Comments


So it was announced in early July?

Sputnik has consistently been the worst place for music news.
The guitarists told the other band members about their plan to leave in July, it was announced only now. We're as up to date about this as any other website.

6Dark6Cell6
January 26th 2012

255 Comments


That is too bad... At least I got to see them live twice before they died.



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