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Formed: 1998
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.

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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Chimaira And KSE Frontmen To Host Metal Asylum

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.

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Chimaira's Nothing Remains Tour in Baltimore, MD

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...

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Unearth, Chimaira, God Forbid Play "Mini Hellfest"

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.

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Watch Chimaira's "Nothing Remains" Video Online

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/

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Chimaira Chart At #74 On Billboard Top 200

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.

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Hellfest 2005 Schedule Released

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...

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Chimaira Puts New Album Tracks Online To Sample

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.

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Final Schedule For Blackest of Black Tour

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...

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Nokia Theatre Release Initial Show Lineup

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 21 - LES CLAYPOOL
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."

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SOTU Photos From Vancouver Posted

The photos for the Sounds of the Underground tour in Vancouver have been posted in the photo gallery.

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Chimaira Has New Video Stolen!

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:

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All That Remains Tour Plans, Video Online

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.

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Sounds Of The Underground Vancouver Venue Moved

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.

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Roadrage DVD Tracklisting Revealed

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.

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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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