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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
If Hope Dies are currently on tour with A Love for Enemies and The Burning Season spreading the word about their debut effort Life in Ruin which is due out March 7th via Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records.
The band was recently interviewed by Mtv.com and you can read the interview here.
If Hope Dies also just confirmed a rotating spot on Children of Bodom’s Spring US Tour. Main support will be split between God Forbid and Chimaira; also on the bill are Bullet for My Valentine.
Here are the tour dates so far: More...
Children Of Bodom will embark on a three and a half week North American tour on 18th March 2006 with Bullet for My Valentine, Chimaira on select dates and another special guest TBA.
Here are the tour dates:
Mar. 18 New Haven, CT - Toads *
Mar. 19 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *
Mar. 20 Norfolk, VA - Norva *
Mar. 21 Towson, MD - Recher Theater *
Mar. 22 Providence, RI - Lupos *
Mar. 24 Toronto, ONT - Koolhaus *
Mar. 25 Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues +
Mar. 26 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall +
Mar. 27 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo +
Mar. 29 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues +
Mar. 30 St. Louis, MO - Pops +
Mar. 31 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre +
Apr. 01 Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom +
Apr. 03 Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues +
Apr. 04 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre +
Apr. 05 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre +
Apr. 07 Sacramento, CA - Colonial Theatre +
Apr. 08 San Francisco, CA - Slims +
Apr. 10 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues +
* with Chimaira
+ with another band TBA
CHIMAIRA, fresh off a tremendously successful year that saw the release of the band's critically acclaimed, self-titled, third album and a world tour, have welcomed original drummer Andols Herrick back into the group. "He is a totally different person," enthused singer Mark Hunter. "We jammed the other day and he's a monster behind the kit. There is a lot of passion and excitement in his eyes, I can really tell he is renewed."
Andols will hit the road with the band for a handful of headline dates in March and then with the band as they tour with CHILDREN OF BODOM. CHIMAIRA will officially welcome Andols back with a hometown show at Peabody’s Down Under on March 31.
Many people got a glimpse into the reasons why Andols originally left the group in CHIMAIRA's DVD, "The Dehumanizing Process". Seen pacing parking lots for hours at a time, Andols clearly was not happy being on the road. "Being away from the band and touring for almost two years made me realize how much I missed it," said Herrick. "Being involved in the Roadrunner 25th album and concert made me realize that this is where I want to be."
The reemergence of Andols means that recent drummer Kevin Talley is no longer in the group. "Kevin is an amazing drummer," stated Hunter. "This decision had nothing to do with his skills and everything to do with getting someone back who has been with us since day one. Some of us have known Andols since we were in high school." The split was amicable and Talley is tapped to play drums with THE RED CHORD on their upcoming U.S. tour.
On January 10, CHIMAIRA released a special edition of their critically acclaimed, self-titled third album. This two-disc set features the full-length album, seven live songs and two previously unreleased tracks. "Chimaira", originally released on August 9, 2005, was named one of the year's best albums by both Revolver and Decibel magazines. It debuted at No. 10 on the Top Hard Rock chart and quickly ascended to No. 1 at Metal/Specialty Radio where it stayed for several weeks.
CHILDREN OF BODOM will be hitting the road for another North American tour with CHIMAIRA and BULLET FOR MY VALETINE. The first two confirmed dates are:
March 20 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 29 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about the Dimebag they remember. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. Here are several excerpts from the article:
David Draiman - frontman, Disturbed: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of Pantera memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."
Zakk Wylde - frontman, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."
Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Infected is a brand new game for the PSP (TM) PlayStation Portable that features music from Roadrunner Records. Even better, the single-player game allows you to choose among a complete cast of Slipknot characters.
Infected is a fast-paced, over-the-top 3rd person shooter developed by Planet Moon Studios and published by Majesco Entertainment, which casts you as a lone cop, fighting against a tidal wave of infectious zombies, intent on ripping New York to shreds.
In the single player game, you'll clear out neighborhoods in brutal "Kill Em All" scenarios, or race to evacuate civilans in the "Helicopter Evac" missions. As you progress, you'll unlock bigger weapons and new avatars, including those special Slipknot characters!
In the multiplayer game, infect your friends when you whip ass in deathmatch, Mad Cow and other special game types. Whether in 8 player ad-hoc, or 2 player through the Internet, winning matches will spread your custom infection across the globe.
Infected tracklisting: More...
36 Crazyfists' frontman, Brock Lindow has posted the following update on the band's site:
"Whats up everyone, hope all is well in your worlds.. It is the final week of practice before the long awaited start of our preproduction with producer Sal Villanueva..to say were excited is an understatement... We will be starting on the day after halloween, not sure what we are doing for halloween, but i think we should be pirates, and enter ourselves in a whiskey drinkin tournament... There's tons of good records out right now and Demon Hunter, Every Time I Die, Throwdown, Chimaira, and Matt Hopper are keeping my ears full of awesome new music, check them all out and support those bands if you can... Well, just wanted to let you all know that we are also working on a making of the record dvd with the new release so that should be a cool project when it's finished... Thanks to all of you as usual....respect.."
Dark Tranquillity have announced two special headline shows that will take place in Sweden by the end of the year:
Dec. 28 Stockholm - Klubben
Dec. 29 Gothenburg - Trädgårn
More details to come on the final lineup.
Dark Tranquillity will be playing the Växjö Metal Festival in Sweden on November 26. More info TBA.
Upcoming Dark Tranquillity tour dates wtih Chimaira and Hatesphere: More...
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.