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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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Chimaira And Trivium To Do In-store Signing

Starting next week, Chimaira and Trivium will be playing a few shows together, including one night at the Downtown in Farmingdale, NY. Chimaira and Trivium will be doing an in store signing at Looney Tunes in West Babylon. Details are as follows:

What: Trivium and Chimaira appear at Looney Tunes CDs to sign autographs and hang out before their show
When: Monday, April 25, 4pm - 5pm
Where: Looney Tunes CDs, 31 Brookvale Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704

In other Trivium news, a new video will be shot later this month in Orlando, FL (on 4/27, to be exact). The song, "A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation." Video should be in house come first of June, just in time for the band's run on Ozzfest. Of course, you can check out the video for "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" anytime you like at www.trivium.org/ecard.

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Second SOTU Tour Pre-Sale Starts April 12

Sounds of the Underground Tour, which features Clutch, Gwar, Lamb of God, Opeth, Unearth, Strapping Young Lad, All that Remains, The Red Chord, DevilDriver and many others, will run through the US and Canada this summer. The second internet pre-sale will be April 12th starting at 4pm EST at tix.artistarena.com/soundsoftheunderground.

The following shows will be available:

Jun. 25 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena - public on sale April 16
Jun. 26 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier - public on sale April 16
Jul. 03 Montreal, QC Stade Uniprix - public on sale April 16
Jul. 04 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 05 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion - public on sale April 16
Jul. 12 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys - public on sale April 22
Jul. 13 Orlando, FL Tinker Field - public on sale April 16
Jul. 15 Dallax, TX Smirnoff Parking Lot - public on sale April 22
Jul. 20 Phoenix, AX Mesa Amphitheatre - public on sale April 16
Jul. 26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum - public on sale April 16
Jul. 28 Edmonton, AB Rexhall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 29 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Center - public on sale April 16

Other tour dates: More...

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Initial Sounds Of The Underground Dates Revealed

Dates are slowly leaking out for the Sounds of the Undergroud Tour that will feature Lamb of God, Clutch, Poison The Well, Opeth, Unearth, From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and more.

Here are some of the unconfirmed initial dates for the tour:

June 25 Lowell, MA - Paul E. Tsongas Arena
June 30 Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
July 01 Toronto, ON - The Docks
July 02 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
July 05 Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
July 09 Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
July 13 Orlando, FL - Tinker Field

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Chimaira Almost Done Recording New Album

Chimaira hit the studio to record the yet-to-be-titled follow up to The Impossibility Of Reason on February 7th, and as of today the recording is about 98% complete. So after 6 weeks - and apparently only 4 sunny days whilst recording in the band's hometown of Strongsville, OH - all that is left to do is "a couple vocals here and there, and Rob adding a few more solos," tells frontman Mark Hunter from the studio.

With the final completion of all the 13 songs that Chimaira has recorded imminent, Mark Hunter has granted Roadrunner Records this exclusive interview:

Roadrunner: We heard that Strongsville, OH is the original home of the wing nut, is this true?

Mark Hunter: Of the wing nut? No man, home of the Mustangs.

Roadrunner: Ever sneak into the pool at the Holiday Inn Select CLEVELAND-STRONGSVILLE?

Mark Hunter: Yes. I have, actually. Dead serious.

Roadrunner: Which member of N.W.A. do you feel most akin to?

Mark Hunter: I would say Dr Dre...just because he is one of those control freaks in the studio, at least I'd imagine. He's the HNIC, so am I.

Roadrunner: Where is the best place for a young man to meet a nice young lady in Strongsville?

Mark Hunter: Probably the High School.definitely the High School. Jim often combs the High School parking lots blasting N.W.A. thinking it's modern, thinking people will think he is in touch with the youth.

Roadrunner: What is a Rib Burn-off?

Mark Hunter: Basically, in our town we have a town center...it's a big open field, and every summer every restaurant that serves ribs gathers at this town center to makes ribs...there are judges, and there is a winner. Actually, true story - before the band I managed a rib joint named Geppepto's, they were notorious for winning each year.

Roadrunner: And will you be going to the Strongsville "Rib Burn-off" on June 23rd?

Mark Hunter: hahaha...unfortunately, we'll be in Europe. But, was there last year, and the year before that. Have tried getting a gig playing it!

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Sounds of the Underground Presale Info

Sounds of the Underground is offering the "internet community" a presale. Tickets will be available before they go on sale to the general public at this link. Also service fees will be lower than most outlets.

The current Sounds of the Underground lineup is:

Clutch
Opeth
Poison the Well
Chimaira
Norma Jean
Unearth
Madball
Every Time I Die
High on Fire
Throwdown
Terror
Strapping Young Lad
All that Remains
A Life Once Lost
The Red Chord
Fear Before the March of Flames
Devil Driver
With very special guests GWAR and one more headliner to be announced

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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Roadrunner Celebrates 25 Year With All-Stars Album

Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.

Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.

Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.

They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.

Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.

Click here to buy tickets.

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Mark Hunter Comments On Sounds of the Underground

CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter has made the following comment about the band's participation as one of the main stage support acts for this summer's Sounds of the Underground tour.

"Ozzfest was fun, and it may have been cool to do this year, but when we got wind of this new tour and found out that our fans wouldn't be spending $150 just to get a ticket, a water and parking slot, we immediately jumped at the opportunity. We are proud to be on the road with a bunch of kick ass bands who don't have egos, and we look forward to a great summer of metal and mayhem!"

The Sounds of the Underground tour will be the first tour CHIMAIRA will embark upon in support of their upcoming record. As previously reported, CHIMAIRA have announced a few upcoming dates. They are as folows:

with TRIVIUM, STEMM, DEAD EVEN:
April 19 - Toledo, OH @ Headliner's
April 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

with TRIVIUM, STEMM, THE KILLING:
April 21 - Buffalo, NY @ The Buffalo Icon
April 22 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
April 23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 24 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
April 25 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown
April 26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

with BLACK SABBATH, AUDIOSLAVE, MACHINE HEAD, MOTORHEAD, RAMMSTEIN, SLAYER, VELVET REVOLVER and others:
June 18 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands @ Fields of Rock

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More Details On Sounds Of The Underground Tour

A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground summer festival tour. The bill will hit the road in North America in late June and run through late July.

With organizers promising the addition of a notable headlining act, others already confirmed for the full tour are From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and veteran horrorcore group Gwar, which will present a "halftime show."

Madball has been drafted for the eastern half of the tour, with Terror picking up on Western dates. Regional additions include the Red Chord (East Coast), Fear Before The March Of Flames (Midwest, Southeast) and Himsa (West).

"This tour will show the masses that real music is alive and well," Unearth's Trevor Phipps says. "The Sounds of the Underground will prove that you don't need 'pop-culture' to embrace your sound and way of life."

The tour is being produced by Face the Music Touring agent Tim Borror, Ferret label executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret label owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. The group has pledged to keep ticket prices below $30.

Dates for the trek have not yet been announced. The Sounds of the Underground Tour website will launch soon with full details.

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Sounds of the Underground Tour To Rival Ozzfest

The "Sounds of the Underground Tour" will rival Ozzfest and tickets will range from $20- $25. Bands include:

Lamb of God(main stage headliner)
Gwar (second stage headliner)
Unearth
Opeth
Chimaria
Clutch
All That Remains
Norma Jean
Poison the Well
Throwdown
Strapping Young Lad
A Life Once Lost
Devildriver
Every Time I Die
Terror / Madball (half of the tour each)


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Chimaira To Do Headlining Tour With Trivium

CHIMAIRA will be doing a headlining tour this April with TRIVIUM the dates are as follows:

April 19 - Toledo, OH @ Headliner's
April 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 21 - Buffalo, NY @ The Buffalo Icon
April 22 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
April 23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 24 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
April 25 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown
April 26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

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Chimaira Announce New Tour Dates With Trivium

Chimaira have booked a number of shows for April, the schedule looks as follows:
April 19th Toledo, OH - Headliner's (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, Dead Even)
April 20th Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, Dead Even)
April 21st Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo Icon (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, The Killing)
April 23rd Worcester, MA - The Palladium (New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
April 24th Johnson City, NY - Magic City Music Hall (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, The Killing)
Currently the group are hard at work on their as-yet untitled new album for Roadrunner which will see a release this summer.

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Chimaira Tour Dates

Chimaira will been touring this spring with Trivium, Stemm, and Dead Even, and The Killing. Dates are as follows:

4/19/05 Toledo, OH Headliner's Trivium, Stemm, Dead Even
4/20/05 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall Trivium, Stemm, Dead Even
4/21/05 Buffalo, NY The Buffalo Icon Trivium, Stemm, The Killing
4/23/05 Worcester, MA The Palladium N.E. Metal & Hardcore Festival
4/24/05 Johnson City, NY Magic City Music Hall Trivium, Stemm, The Killing

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Rikets and Shenoah Tour Dates

Rikets, which includes members from Switched and Erase the Grey, are currently touring with the band Shenoah, which features the original Chimaira guitarist, Jason Hager and members from Mad at Gravity and Erase the Grey. Dates are as follows:

2/10 Jacksonville, FL Jackrabbits
2/11 Bradenton, FL Rockerfellers
2/12 Seminole, FL Boiler Room
2/13 Clearwater, FL Gasoline Alley
2/14 Tampa FL, INSTORE Vinyl Fever 2PM
2/19 Cleveland, OH The Agora (Shenoah)
2/20 Lakewood, OH INSTORE Chris' Warped Records 4PM

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...

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Chimaira Nominated For Free Times Music Awards

Currently back in Cleveland writing and readying to record a new release, Chimaira has been nominated in year's 6th Annual Free Times Music Awards. This marks the 4th time the band has been nominated, having won each of the three times they've been nominated previously.

The awards ceremony for this Cleveland based honor will be held on Thursday, February 24 at the Odeon.

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Chimaira Post Montage Of 2003 & 2004 Video Online

Chimaira have posted a video montage of their experiences in 2003-2004 online, complete with an empowering soundtrack, you can find that at www.chimaira.com. The band are currently set to hit the studio on January 17th to begin recording their new album with producer Ben Schigel (Chimaira, Switched). A summer release via Roadrunner is expected.

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"Eye For An Eye" DVD Tracklisting Revealed

Century Media Records will release the DVD compilation "Eye for an Eye – The New Breed Of Hardcore & Metal" (view cover) on February 21st, 2005 in Europe.

Name it the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Emocore, Screamo, Mathcore or whatever – this is just a collection of modern bands that share their true love to Hardcore or Metal music. And it's simply a collection of some of the best music videos that came out during the past two years, you might not see on every music TV channel.

Check out www.eyeforaneye.info for a video trailer, an interview with God Forbid, greetings from Unearth, releaseparty dates and a competition.

"Eye for an Eye" tracklisting: More...

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Chimaira To Enter Studio January 10th

As a reminder to all, CHIMAIRA will be hitting Spider Studios on January 10th, with Ben Schigel producing, to begin recording their followup to 2003's "Impossibility of Reason". As a side-note, frontman Mark Hunter has also shaved off his once famous dredlocks, and is now said to be sporting a new look, with a completely shaved head.

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