Chimaira
The Impossibility Of Reason


5.0
classic

Review

by Apathy USER (11 Reviews)
September 17th, 2005 | 59 replies | 27,718 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Chimaira-The Impossibility of Reason


Fast and crushing. These are two great words that describe great music, as well as Chimaira’s music. Pronounced Kim-EAR-a, this Cleveland, Ohio quintet formed and began playing in 1999 with the EP This Present Darkness. In 2001, they released Pass Out of Existence, which was a solid album, but not without a nu-metal influence or some bad songs.
The Impossibility of Reason represented a new beginning for Chimaira. The band switched from detuned, industrial thrash to straight-up, metalcore-influenced thrash. The punishing sextet is made up of:

Mark Hunter-Vocals
Rob Arnold- Lead Guitar
Matt DeVries- Rhythm Guitar
Jim LaMarca- Bass Guitar
Andols Herrick- Drums
Chris Spicuzza- Electronics

So, after this short biography, on to the review:

1. Cleansation: This song begins with some menacing feedback, and then the drums kick in. Now, one thing about Chimaira that must be remembered is that they love playing chromatic riffs, and this opening riff is a prime example of a classic Chimaira chromatic riff. Mark Hunter really conveys hate for his ex-lover in this song, with lyrics like “What did you expect from me? I was never who you wanted me to be. Well, I never lived up to your standards; this is not your path to take." This song’s only sore spot is when Hunter raps/speaks: “Yes, I taste it. Yes, I breathe it. Yes, I hate it. Yes, I feel strain." This is a very good song, but unfortunately does not completely kick out the nu-metal influence which was evident on their first album. 4.5/5

2. The Impossibility of Reason: This song is a masterpiece from beginning to end. A simplistic but impressive riff opens it, with some really, really killer drum fills accompanying it. Herrick is a master on his kit. The chorus in this song, in my opinion, is one of the best choruses in recent metal history, with lyrics like: “I fall face down at the sight of myself, no one to pick me up, look what our lives have become." After this, the song slows down considerably and a tasteful and melancholy solo is played. This is easily one of my most favourite songs on this album. 5/5

3. The Pictures in The Gold Room: Now this is my favourite song on this album, as well as my favourite Chimaira song of all time. Once you listen to it, it is easy to see why I enjoy it so much. The lyrics are sort of cheesy, like: “A fire that cannot be put out, can only enjoy the insanity," but they fit the ‘going crazy’ feel of the song nicely. The highlight of the song is the bridge, though, with its slowness and odd clean chords played here and there. This song is embellished with electronics, which only add to its prowess. Download this. Now. 5/5

4. Power Trip: A very simplistic and Pantera-esque song. This song fades in with a man saying “HE WANTS MY POWER!" in the distance. Soon afterwards, DeVries and Arnold play a fast, single-note riff and Hunter joins the mix with a savage roar. This song is relatively short and fast, with an exceedingly heavy bridge with lots of double bass going on. Overall, this song is a 4.5/5 because after many listens, you get very bored of it.

5. Down Again: The first and lead single off of this album, Down Again is a lighter, more rock track. It starts with a Metallica-esque guitar harmony, but picks up speed and aggression along the way. This track, however great it is, is out of place on this album. This was the song that got me into Chimaira, but at first I thought that they were an alternative rock band. Good song, but since it is out of place on this album, it only gets 4/5

6. Pure Hatred: This song is insanely heavy, aggressive, fast, and amazing. A beautiful drum fill opens it, and then some soft distorted guitar comes in with a “classic Chimaira riff." (See “Cleansation" review.) The song builds up from there, and this song seems like a big “**** you" to the world as it is. This was also a single, but is far heavier and less mainstream than “Down Again." Fantastic song. 5/5

7. The Dehumanizing Process: I think that this song is about dictatorships, with lyrics like: “Clear the way, the new king has arrived, a powerful giant while I’ve got you on your knees." This song has a killer chorus, as well as the heaviest bridge to any song I have ever heard. The bridge uses what I call the “Deicide growl" (growling and screaming at the same time) and sounds very scary. Overall, I give this song a 4.5/5 just because it may be too heavy for some.

8. Crawl: Crawl is easily the worst track on this album. It has virtually none of Hunter’s signature scream, but instead replaces it with this odd operatic type of voice. This song is very slow and plodding with a decent riff, but the poor vocals in it ruin it for me. Thrash bands should not attempt to write slow songs. 2.5/5

9. Stigmurder: This song is very good, but it could be better with some half-decent and not so violent lyrics. It has some sweet riffs thrown in, but just doesn’t add up for me for some reason. This song is also very, very heavy. The lyrics in this song are of a very graphic nature, with lyrics that relate to murder. In my opinion, this drags the song down somewhat. Also, it is quite repetitive. Overall, this song gets a 3.5/5

10. Eyes of a Criminal: This track starts quietly for about five seconds, but then a crushing riff comes in and Hunter softly speaks over it. This is another angry and raw song. The chorus riff is a little droning, but otherwise, this song is very heavy and good. Approximately halfway through the song, a clean riff is played over which Hunter sings: “Staring through my eyes" numerous times. This is another great track. 4/5

11. Overlooked: Overlooked’s opening riff sounds like a Slipknot riff, unfortunately. This is the lowest-tuned track on the album, tuned down to the low B. It is also the second-worst track on the album, as during the bridge, Hunter uses the “Crawl" voice. This song is boring, but still holds up fairly well. For this reason, I am giving it a 3/5

12. Implements of Destruction: The epic instrumental of the album kicks off with some beautiful sounding orchestration. This goes on for about thirty seconds, and then it turns into a Metallica-style twelve-minute instrumental. This song is very good, but is very cheesy sounding. After ten minutes of instrumental glory, the guitarists lock into a “Let Go" (Pass Out of Existence)-ish groove and then Spicuzza comes in with a very abrasive electronics solo. This song is too long for my taste, which is why I am rating it 4.5/5

Overall:

I think that this is Chimaira’s best album, as well as one of the best albums in the current metalcore scene. If you are not into Chimaira, this is the best place to start your collection, as neither Pass Out of Existence or their new self-titled album can hold a candle to this.

Pros:
+Drumming
+Singing
+The Pictures in the Gold Room
+Production

Cons:
-Crawl
-The album lags a bit near the end

Content Rating: 14A for strong and violent language

Recommended Listening:

Chimaira-Chimaira (4.5/5)
Slayer-Reign in Blood (4/5)
Megadeth-Rust in Peace (4.8/5)
Pantera-Far Beyond Driven (4/5)
Slipknot-Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses (3.5/5)

Album Rating: 5/5 because this was one of the greatest albums of 2003.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ocelot-05
September 17th 2005


807 Comments


I used to like Chimaira's Impossibility Of Reason, but I have to say that Pass Out Of Existence, while being less technical, is a far greater album. It is dark and slick, while I find IOR cheesy and fake sometimes.

Edit: ^^I am complete dickhead for saying that. I have probably contradicted that statement several times, and now I'm fixing it. The Impossibility Of Reason is way better than Pass Out Of Existence. (damn long album titles!)This Message Edited On 12.15.05

Apathy
September 17th 2005


645 Comments


I find that Pass Out of Existence is too industrial and nu-metal for my taste. This album is way less repetitive, and, as you said, more technical.

ocelot-05
September 17th 2005


807 Comments


I see what you're saying, completely. Let's agree to disagree.

ocelot-05
September 17th 2005


807 Comments


Someone should really write a review of Pass Out Of Existence. I think I will later.

Apathy
September 17th 2005


645 Comments


I may as well.

Thor
September 17th 2005


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is not a classic, but it's definetly good. Good review except for the 5 star rating.

Apathy
September 17th 2005


645 Comments


Well, by the look of your reviews, you are clearly not a metalhead. By the look of mine, I am into solely metal, and some rock. Please vote for this review.

EDIT: Whoops, he got banned. This Message Edited On 02.28.06

Shadows
Moderator
September 17th 2005


2530 Comments


Quit generalizing. There are tons of non-metal reviews, plenty of which are poorly written and/or over exaggerated.

Toaster
September 17th 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. I agree with Pictures In the Gold Room; simple, but amazing.

TheSubtleArts
September 18th 2005


16 Comments


Down Again is the best song on here IMO.

XmetalXmaniacalX666
October 1st 2005


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A very heavy album but the riffs get kind of repetitive by the end of the album... over all an awesome cd

Neoteric
November 10th 2005


3243 Comments


I like Down Again though I haven't heard the full album.

AtTheDriveIn198d
November 10th 2005


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album but i think its missing the listenabillity factor

Thor
November 10th 2005


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't see how you can give this album a 5 star rating. It's got some great parts to it, but the flow of the album just isn't that great.

taylormemer
December 2nd 2005


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I donot believe this album is worth 5 stars. However, it does contain some nice instrumentation.

Not a bad review.

Cravinov13
December 3rd 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

self-titled was much better.

Clown Factory
December 15th 2005


16 Comments


"Am I the only one that has grown tired of metal reviews every day?"

"Screw opinions."

Hey, Holland, 1945., AKA dickhead, go fuck yourself, if you don't like metal, then your a fuckin prick, go die you fag


RunAmokRampant
January 22nd 2006


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoyed this album. Especially the instrumental.

Thor
January 22nd 2006


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, Implements of Destruction is the best instrumental I've heard in a while coming out of a new-age metal band.

Confessed2005
April 30th 2006


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Pure Hatred' is an amazing song but from what I have heard I definitely prefer their self-titled.



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