Band Photo: Chimaira (?)
From: Cleveland, OH, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Self-proclaimed leaders of the "new wave of American heavy metal", Chimaira was formed in Cleveland in 1998, recording the indie This Present Darkness album in 2000 before earning a contract with Roadrunner Records for their next two releases.
Chimaira was spawned in 1998 by Jason Hager, the guitarist of the now defunct, Ascension. Hager's desire to start an intense new metal band led him to Mark Hunter, previously of Cleveland's Skipline. Mark's vocal strengths and abilities as a songwriter made him an easy choice. After a great deal of trial and error the Chimaira family came to be what it is today: Mark Hunter (vocals), Rob Arnold and Jason Hager (guitarists) (recently left band and replaced by Matt Devries), Andols Herrick (drummer), Jim LaMarca (bass), and Chris Spicuzza (electronics).
This Cleveland six piece's unrelenting attitude and drive to succeed has helped them sell close to 10,000 copies of their independently released EP, This Present Darkness. Chimaira developed their fan base through touring, the Internet and radio- particularly stations 93X(Minneapolis) and WSOU (NY/NJ). Last year Chimaira shared the stage with the likes of Soulfly, Hatebreed, Spineshank, and Snapcase.
In March 2001 the band joined forces with the illustrious producer Mudrock (Godsmack, Powerman 5000) to put together the 14 fiercely emotional tracks that are showcased on PASS OUT OF EXISTENCE - the band's Roadrunner debut album.
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Fear Factory are to have the previously unreleased song 'Lockdown' included on the soundtrack for the game 'Rainbow Six: Lockdown'. This is to be issued by Calvin in mid-November. Other bands to have tracks featured are 36 Crazy Fists, Chimaira, Soilwork and Strapping Young Lad.
Providing a thundering musical backdrop to "infect" by, Majesco Entertainment Company and developer Planet Moon Studios today announced a deal with Roadrunner Records and several top heavy metal bands, including SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY, CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, ILL NINO, and THE AGONY SCENE to provide licensed music for the in-game soundtrack for Infected, scheduled for release on PSP (PlayStation Portable) in November.
In addition to providing tracks, all nine members of SLIPKNOT appear in-game as unlockable characters for use in either single player or multiplayer modes. 3volution Studios, co-owned by Raymond Herrera, drummer of FEAR FACTORY, will be responsible for creating all the sound F/X and recording voice-overs for Infected.
"We've compiled music from some of today's hottest metal bands to create an in-game soundtrack that perfectly amplifies the hardcore, fast-paced game play experience of Infected," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. "Players' pulses will pound as they attempt to complete intense missions while being shredded by the bone-crunching sounds of some of heavy metal's finest bands."
Licensed songs from Roadrunner Records confirmed for the Infected soundtrack include:
* "Eyeless" - SLIPKNOT
* "Everything Ends" - SLIPKNOT
* "Pulse of the Maggots" - SLIPKNOT
* "Power Trip" - CHIMAIRA
* "Nothing Remains" - CHIMAIRA
* "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" - TRIVIUM
* "When It Cuts" - ILL NINO
* "Prey" - THE AGONY SCENE
* "Remanufacture" - FEAR FACTORY
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY are about to embark on a European headlining tour in support of their latest effort, "Character" (released in January 2005). After supporting KREATOR on their European tour in spring 2005, a trip to the U.S. and numerous festival appearances, the sextet will be headlining this time, with support from thrash/metalcore hybrid CHIMAIRA and HATESPHERE.
Vocalist Mikael Stanne comments on the upcoming tour: "We are very proud and excited to announce that we are heading out on another massacre of the European variety. Right in the middle of darkest December we will come and haunt your waking dreams. We are bringing a strong package this time around for sure. The mighty CHIMAIRA from the US of A and our Danish drinking buddies HATESPHERE. I personally cannot wait to go out with a posse like this and I am confident that you people out there into diversity and intensity will get your fill. So prepare to get those carcasses out in the miserable pre-christmas cold and join us for hours cosy carnage and madness. I promise you the full DARK TRANQUILLITY experience with a long set of songs about self-destruction and pain that you all know and love!"
DARK TRANQUILLITY just returned from a show on Gran Canaria, where they played at Metal Zone festival, and are prearing to play the Motala Motala Metal Festival in their home country on November 19 with labelmates NOCTURNAL RITES and other acts.
DARK TRANUILLITY w/ CHIMAIRA and HATESPHERE:
Dec. 06 - Paris, FRA @ Trabendo
Dec. 08 - Antwerpen, BEL @ Hof Ter Loo
Dec. 09 - Haarlem, NETH @ Patronaat
Dec. 10 - Utrecht, NETH @ Tivoli
Dec. 11 - Bochum, GER @ Zeche
Dec. 12 - Hamburg, GER @ Knust
Dec. 13 - Köln, GER @ Live Music Hall
Dec. 14 - Stuttgart, GER @ Röhre
Dec. 16 - Milan, ITA @ Live Music Club
Dec. 17 - Cesena, ITA @ Viada
Dec. 18 - Trevisto, ITA @ New Age
Dec. 19 - Ljubljana, SLO @ VPK Mediapark
Dec. 20 - Linz, AUT @ Posthof
Dec. 21 - München, GER @ Backstage
Chimaira have made plans to tour throughout Europe in December with Dark Tranquillity, Hatesphere and Bullet For My Valentine, shows include:
December 06th Paris, FRA - Trabendo
December 08th Antwerp, BEL - Hof Terlo
December 09th Haarlem, NET - Patronaat
December 10th Utrecht, NET - Tivoli
December 11th Bochum, GER - Zeche
December 12th Hamburg, GER - Knust
December 13th Cologne, GER - Live Music Hall
December 14th Stuttgart, GER - Die Rohre
December 16th Milan, ITA - Live Music Club
December 17th Cesena, ITA - Viada
December 18th Trevisto, ITA - New Age
December 19th Ljubljana, SLO - Vpk Mediapark
December 20th Linz, AUT - Posthof
December 21st Munich, GER - Elser Zusatzhalle
Another track from the upcoming Roadrunner United collaborative project has been posted online. The latest features performances from members of Deicide, Chimaira, Slipknot, Testament and more, and can be found here. Furthermore, the complete details for the upcoming release, which sees performances from innumerable artists from the Roadrunner Records roster both present and past, have been posted online here. The album from the project, entitled "The All-Star Sessions", is due out in stores on October 11th.
Mark Hunter (CHIMAIRA) and Howard Jones (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) have been confirmed to guest host Fuse's "Metal Asylum" whie regular host Juliya is on vacation. Hunter will tape the show on Monday, September 19 while Jones will host the program on Tuesday, September 20. Exact air dates will follow.
Despite being totally swamped of late, I could not pass up the Chimaira, Six Feet Under, All That Remains, 3 Inches of Blood tour that came to town on Sunday at Towson's Recher Theatre. Not only is that a great lineup and Chimaira are fast becoming one of my favorite bands, but I'd been wanting to check out the Recher Theatre, which I had heard so much about. More...
Because Hellfest was cancelled this year in New Jersey, Unearth has announced on their website that they played last night (Aug 18) at the Starland Ballroom with Chimaira, God Forbid, Madball, Nora, Six Feet Under, the Banner and If Hope Dies.
The full new video for Chimaira's "Nothing Remains" off their self-titled release is now available to watch at the following link: http://www.roadrun.com/video/
CHIMAIRA’S self-titled third album debuts at #74 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart this week with 13,968 albums sold. The follow up to 2003’s Impossibility of Reason, Chimaira debuted with a 68% increase over their last album’s first week sales. Says lead singer Mark Hunter, “It’s been an amazing summer with the tours we have been on and now we are celebrating the release of our new record. I have always said that we have the most loyal fans on the planet and this proves it!” In addition to the stellar first week sales, the album, called “bleakly thrilling” by the New York Times, has quickly ascended to #1 at Metal/Specialty Radio. The band has been touring the states relentlessly over the past few months, first as one of the headliners on the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour and most recently on their very own headlining tour with Six Feet Under, All That Remains and 3 Inches of Blood. Next up will be the Blackest of the Black tour where they will be direct support for Danzig.
The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.
The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...
All tracks from Chimaira's self-titled new album can be sampled online here. The aforementioned new effort will hit stores this Tuesday, August 09th via Roadrunner.
The finalized schedule has been released for the upcoming "Blackest of the Black" tour, which features DANZIG w/ DOYLE, CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS, and THE AGONY SCENE: More...
New York City's newest venue the Nokia Theatre, a midsize theater located in Times Square, has released it's initial lineup of shows, which includes the following:
October 17 - DANZIG, CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS, THE AGONY SCENE
October 21 - LES CLAYPOOL
October 26 - BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
October 30 - SLIPKNOT
October 31 - SLIPKNOT
November 1 - SLIPKNOT
The following is an excerpt from a Billboard.com article:
"New York's 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre Times Square, AEG's newest concert venue, will open in September, with tickets for many shows set to go on sale Aug. 12. The venue is being developed and operated by AEG subsidiary AEG Live, who spent nearly $21 million renovating the old Loews Theatre at 1515 Broadway in Times Square.
Designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group are the architects and designers of Nokia Theatre Times Square. The auditorium will feature two VIP mezzanines with lounge seating, a state of the art in-house lighting system and an in-house sound system by JBL.
The Nokia Theatre Times Square marquee is an 85 foot long LED, high definition screen, capable of displaying both live and digital video. It is one of the largest marquees on Broadway, directly connected to the MTV marquee and is manufactured by Mitsubishi. It will have interactive text messaging capabilities with the fans and live events will be able to be broadcast from the stage directly to the marquee in real time."
The photos for the Sounds of the Underground tour in Vancouver have been posted in the photo gallery.
Fans are so rabid for new CHIMAIRA material that one of them "stole" the video to "Nothing Remains", the first single off the self-titled album that will be in stores August 9, and put it up all over the web. The video was stolen from the director's web site after the fan illegally hacked in. Still in its inital editing phase, the video had yet to be seen by the band or executives at Roadrunner Records.
Commented singer Mark Hunter: "It's exciting to see that our fans are itching to get a hold of our new material, and to see that they actually enjoyed the video. However, the video was in its infant stage and while we are extremely proud of where it stands now, we know that it will be much better when it is finished. I can't wait for our fans to see the finished version and as soon as it's done I'll put it up on the web myself."
The follow-up to 2003's "The Impossibility of Reason", "Chimaira" was recorded at Spider Studios in Ohio with producer Ben Schigel, who has described the new material as having "more of an epic kind of vibe. The songs are a lot longer, but we found a way to make them long without being boring. Now that it's coming together, it sounds way more brutal." Mixing duties were handled by Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH).
CHIMAIRA, SIX FEET UNDER, ALL THAT REMAINS and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will be teaming up for a U.S. tour beginning on August 3 in Nashville, TN. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Currently finishing up on the Sounds Of The Underground, All That Remains will support Chimaira until September, followed by a UK run supporting Trivium. Look for the new video for "Tattered On My Sleeve" on Metal Asylum, Uranium and Headbangers Ball soon You can also watch it online here.
The Sounds of the Underground Tour show in Vancouver on July 26 has been moved from the Pacific Coliseum to the PNE Forum. All tickets for the Pacific Coliseum will be honored at the door and are now general admission.
Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:
1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell
The DVD will be available in September.
The first dates have been announced for the 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour, which will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the West Coast on Halloween. Joining headliners DANZIG will be the crème de la crème of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands — CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS and THE AGONY SCENE.
DANZIG's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former MISFITS' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics. Doyle joined DANZIG on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion you're going to see."
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Glenn Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts." The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, OPETH, NILE, LACUNA COIL and BEHEMOTH on the bill. "I'd like to see this being an on-going event," Danzig added.