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Formed: 1998
From: Cleveland, OH, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

Latest Chimaira News

Below is our complete Chimaira news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Blackest Of Black Tour Dates

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.
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Chimaira Wants You

Chimaira are looking for fans to attend and take part in the video shoot for their current single "Nothing Remains". The shoot will take place in Los Angeles, CA on July 21st at 6pm and those interested in taking part can find more info here. Chimaira's new self-titled album is set for an August 09th release date through Roadrunner

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More Dates Added To Upcoming Chimaira Tour

Chimaira have filled out the gaps in their upcoming tour with Six Feet Under, All That Remains and 3 Inches Of Blood. Here are the complete tour dates:

Aug. 03 Nashville, TN - Exit / In
Aug. 04 New Orleans, LA - TwiRoPa
Aug. 05 Houston, TX - Engine Room
Aug. 06 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Aug. 08 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
Aug. 09 Des Moines, IA - Hairy Mary's
Aug. 10 Milwaukee, WA - The Eagles Club
Aug. 12 Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
Aug. 13 Bellefontaine, OH - Zane Shawneed Caverns
Aug. 14 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
Aug. 15 Charleston, WV - The Sound Factory
Aug. 16 Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
Aug. 18 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
Aug. 20 Providence, RI - The Living Room
Aug. 21 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Aug. 22 Portland, ME - The Station
Aug. 24 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Aug. 27 Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Cafe
Aug. 27 Tampa, FL - Masquerade
Aug. 28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room

Chimaira will release their new self-titled album through Roadrunner on August 09th.

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Chimaira Launch E-Card For New Album

CHIMAIRA have a launched a brand new e-card which showcases three new tunes off the band's upcoming August 9th Roadrunner Records self-titled release. It can be found here. The tracks up for streaming are:

Nothing Remains
Save Ourselves
Inside the Horror

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Sounds Of The Underground Pictures In Gallery Now

I recently had the chance to attend the Sounds of The Underground tour when it made it's devistating stop into Philadelphia at the Festival Pier. I arrived later then expected, left earlier then expected due to illness and missed another band or two interviewing Poison The Well (the interview will be posted in the next day or two). I also left my batteries for my camera in my car and security wouldn't allow me to re-enter so I had to use my camera sparingly. However, I got the chance to get some amazing pictures of Gwar, Unearth, Chimaira and Opeth and they are now available in our gallery section. You can view the photos in the gallery section.

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Behemoth's Nergal Reacts To Blackest of the Black

With the recent announcement of the second Blackest of teh Black Tour, including Danzig, Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis and The Agony Scene, BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal has posted his reaction to the tour and announcement:

"We were honored to be a part of the first edition of 'Blackest of the Black' festivals in 2003. But back then we opened for the whole festival package and this time we will play a 30 minute long set right before Chimaira and Danzig. It's very exciting to be back to US again, I can tell you. But what thrills me the most is the fact that BEHEMOTH is going to share the stage with one of my all time favorite artists, Glenn Danzig. This tour is going to be HUGE, I can assure you!"

Shortly before joining the "Blackest of the Black" in the U.S., BEHEMOTH will start the fall leg of their European Demigod tour. The madness starts on the 2nd of September in Milton Keynes, England and will be spreading through most of Europe. Released in January of 2005, Demigod quickly surpassed what its predecessor did in two years in just two months. Heralded as "metal's best live band" by BW&BK, BEHEMOTH have toured with the likes of heavyweights Suffocation, Nile, King Diamond, Black Dahlia Murder, Halford, Testament, Opeth, Superjoint Ritual and Danzig. The band has been featured on the covers of BW&BK, Pit, Metal Bite, Metal Hammer and Metal Maniacs and has received regular airplay of "Conquer All" on "Headbangers Ball."

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Sounds Of The Underground Show Report From Philly

I recently had the chance to attend Sounds of The Underground's stop in Philadelphia. I was stuck outside waiting until around 2:30 so I didn't get to see most of the bands. Anyway, this is how the day went for me: More...

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More Chimaira, Six Feet Under Tour Dates

Some more date have been confirmed for the upcoming tour featuring CHIMAIRA, SIX FEET UNDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD:

August 3 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
August 4 - New Orleans, LA @ TwiRoPa
August 5 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
August 6 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 8 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
August 9 - Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Mary's
August 10 - Milwaukee, WA @ The Eagles Club
August 13 - Charleston, WV @ The Sound Factory
August 18 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
August 20 - Providence, RI @ The Living Room
August 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
August 26 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Cafe

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Danzig Announces Blackest of the Black Tour

Glenn Danzig, at the forefront of the hardcore/dark metal movement for more than 25 years, announces that the 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the west coast on Halloween. For the sophomore year of this Fall traveling festival, Danzig has assembled a line-up of the crème de la crème of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands - Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis (ex-Emperor), and The Agony Scene. Danzig will headline, of course.

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 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.

In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the release of the DVD "Il Demonio Nera" (evilive) on July 12. "Il Demonio Nera" is a collection of videos, video outtakes, alternative versions and previously unreleased music videos from the band's "Danzig 4" and "Danzig 5" CDs. His new CD, "Black Aria II," the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria," has been completed and will be released later this year, and Glenn is in the process of shooting his first feature film, "Gerouge," which he has written and will direct. "Gerouge" is based on one of the comic book titles distributed by his Verotik publishing company, and concerns Turn of the Century New Orleans Voodoo.

Confirmed dates for the "Blackest of the Black" will be announced shortly.

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Chimaira To Release 2-CD Version Of New Album

In addition to the standard version of the effort, a deluxe "black box" 2-CD version of Chimaira's new self-titled album will be issued overseas on August 08th via Roadrunner. The limited edition set will feature the following bonus tracks:

01 - "Clayden" (Ascension Cover)
02 - "Malignant" (Ascension Cover)
03 - "Power Trip" (Live From 2003 European Roadrage Tour)
04 - "Cleansation" (Live From 2003 European Roadrage Tour)
05 - "Severed" (Live From 2003 European Roadrage Tour)
06 - "Eyes Of A Criminal" (Live From 2003 European Roadrage Tour)
07 - "Down Again" (Live From 2003 European Roadrage Tour)
08 - "The Dehumanizing Process" (Live From 2003 European Roadrage Tour)
09 - "Pure Hatred" (Live From 2003 European Roadrage Tour)

The album itself will see a North American release on August 09th through Roadrunner

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Hellfest Announce Another 22 Bands

HELLFEST 2K5 has announced the next 22 bands out of the 188 total bands (with more to come) playing this years festival from August 19th to the 21st in Trenton, NJ at the Sovereign Bank Arena. Among the new announcements, Hellfest has managed a reunion of one of the most legendary rap groups to grace the music scene—Public Enemy.

Here are the new;yu announced bands:
REUNION SHOWS:
Public Enemy
Killing Time

HELLFEST 2K5 BAND LINE UP ROUND THREE:
3 Inches Of Blood
Alove For Enemies
All That Remains
Armsrace
Backstabbers Inc.
Casey Jones
Cannae
Chimaira
Dead Hearts
Hit The Lights
Ion Dissonance
Kane Hodder
Kids Like Us
Nobody Left Behind
One Dead Three Wounded
Ready Set Fail
Six Feet Under
Suffocate Faster
This Is Hell
Walk The Line

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Sounds Of The Underground Photos Posted Online

ReturnToThePit.com has posted a bunch of photos from the first Sounds of the Undergroud show in Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA on June 25. Check them out here.

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Chimaira To Shoot Video For "Nothing Remains"

Chimaira will be filming a video for their track "Nothing Remains" in Chicago, IL this coming week. In other news, the band have announced three more dates for their trek with Six Feet Under, All That Remains and 3 Inches Of Blood, they are as follows:

August 04th New Orleans, LA - TwiRoPa
August 09th Des Moines, IA - Hairy Mary's
August 10th Milwaukee, WA - The Eagles Club

Chimaira will release their new self-titled album through Roadrunner on August 09th

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SotU Bands Schedule Meet And Greet

Everyday at the Sounds of the Underground Tour, all the bands playing will be hanging at their merch tents are various times looking to meet you. The times have been posted here. They change through the tour so check the date you're headed too and see what time the bands will be around.

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Chimaira, Six Feet Under Release First Tour Dates

The first tour dates have been confirmed for the forthcoming tour featuring CHIMAIRA, SIX FEET UNDER, ALL THAT REMAINS and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. They are as follows:

August 3 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
August 5 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
August 6 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 8 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre - 800
August 17 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

More dates to be announced soon.

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More Roadrunner "All Stars" Announced

Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.

Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.

Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...

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Nile Drops Off Chimaira Tour, Six Feet Under Added

Due to scheduling conflicts, Nile has been forced to drop off Chimaira's upcoming headlining tour. Six Feet Under has signed on and will be taking their place.

Guitarist Rob Arnold had the following to say about the Six Feet Under Camp:

I am totally excited about the upcoming tour. I have been a fan of SFU since 1995 when the Haunted record hit the streets. I have also been a long time fan of Chris Barnes and his career in general. I'm looking forward to making new friends so I can request to hear my favorite songs live.

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Chimaira To Film Video For New Single

Chimaira will be filming a video for their track "Nothing Remains" later this month, it is expected to be completed and ready for viewing in mid to late July. The bands self-titled new album will hit stores on August 09th through Roadrunner.

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Sounds Of The Underground Tour: 3 Week Countdown

The countdown is on. Three weeks from now the North American Continent will be hit with a five week musical storm - The Sounds Of The Underground Tour launching June 25th in Lowell, Mass.!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb Of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour - this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

This history making tour features 26 shows in 31 days; bringing 22 of todays heaviest and most hard core underground musical performers to the forefront. This fan friendly event is keeping ticket prices very low, under $30.00 per ticket in most markets. The tour delivers Lamb Of God, Opeth, Gwar, Clutch, Poison The Well, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, A Life Once Lost, Throwdown, Unearth, Norma Jean, DevilDriver, From Autumn To Ashes, Madball, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Terror, The Red Chord, Nora and Fear Before The March Of Flames to arenas all summer long.

Even more for the fans: SotU special Tour Program insert will be in every issue of Revolver magazine on the newsstands in June; with additional limited edition copies of this tour program on heavy stock paper to be distributed at each show.

Also available now and all summer long at Hot Topic is the exclusive DVD/CD Box Set specially priced at $9.99; featuring videos and songs from every band on the tour as well as other favorites from the labels who bring you the SotU tour and also contains a trailer of Lamb Of God's new "Killadelphia" DVD (June 21 Epic Records).

Tickets are still available thru the website where surcharges on tickets are much cheaper, also the website lists many surcharge free box office available locally.

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Criminal To Support Chimaira In UK

Chilean thrash extremists Criminal have been confirmed to support Chimaira at three UK shows this June! The dates are as follows:

Jun 14 London, UK – Underworld
Jun 15 Oxford, UK – Zodiac
Jun 16 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre

Criminal are now finished mixing their new album “Sicario” at Stage One Studio with producer/engineer Andy Classen. The final tracklist will be revealed soon.

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