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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, 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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Chimaira Post New Song For Download

A brand-new CHIMAIRA track, entitled "Nothing Remains", has been posted online at this location.

"Nothing Remains" comes off the group's upcoming self-titled album, due on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.

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).

Commented CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter: "What's up friends? So we are super excited for you all to hear 'Nothing Remains' today. It is going to be the first song on the new album and we truly feel it sets up the record perfectly. I can't say that this is what the rest of the record sounds like, because each song has its own personality...but I will say a lot of what happens on this song you can expect from other tracks. Hope that makes sense...haha."

"Chimaira" track listing: More...

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New Chimaira Song Posted Online For Download

A brand-new CHIMAIRA track, entitled "Nothing Remains", has been posted online at this location.

"Nothing Remains" comes off the group's upcoming self-titled album, due on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.

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).

Commented CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter: "What's up friends? So we are super excited for you all to hear 'Nothing Remains' today. It is going to be the first song on the new album and we truly feel it sets up the record perfectly. I can't say that this is what the rest of the record sounds like, because each song has its own personality...but I will say a lot of what happens on this song you can expect from other tracks. Hope that makes sense...haha."

"Chimaira" track listing:

01. Nothing Remains
02. Save Ourselves
03. Inside the Horror
04. Salvation
05. Comatose
06. Left For Dead
07. Everything You Love
08. Bloodlust
09. Pray For All
10. Lazarus

CHIMAIRA will be teaming up with NILE, ALL THAT REMAINS and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD for a U.S. tour immediately following the Sounds of the Underground trek. The tour will run from August through September and will be hitting a lot of areas CHIMAIRA have not played in a while or at all. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

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Chimaira Tracklisting Revealed

The mixing of Chimaira's 3rd full-length - titled "Chimaira" - is currently going on in the UK with Colin Richardson, along with Mark Hunter and Rob Arnold. Here is the tracklisting for the new album:

01. Nothing Remains
02. Save Ourselves
03. Inside The Horror
04. Salvation
05. Comatose
06. Left For Dead
07. Everything You Love
08. Bloodlust
09. Pray For All
10. Lazarus

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New Chimaira Song Coming Soon

Roadrunner Records has issued the following CHIMAIRA press release:

"It's been almost exactly two years since the release of CHIMAIRA's genre-defining metal opus 'The Impossibility of Reason'. Filled with crushing anthems like 'Pure Hatred' and 'Power Trip', the album was direct and to the point, spewing pure sonic vitriol. Touring in support of 'Impossibility' saw CHIMAIRA play over 330 shows in 21 countries, much of which was documented in 'The Dehumanizing Process' DVD, which offered a unique glimpse into the making of that album and the ensuing chaos, but nary a note of new music.

"Well, rest-assured that the creative fires have been burning bright in the belly of the beast. CHIMAIRA have followed up 'The Impossibility of Reason' with a crushing new album of epic proportions. The time has now come to set this monster free as something this ferocious can't be contained forever.

"So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, coming this Tuesday, May 24th at 6 PM E.S.T. straight from beautiful, scenic Strongsville, OH, we will offer you 'Nothing Remains' — the first new music from CHIMAIRA in almost two years. So come back soon and be prepared to have your ass rocked so hard that you'll be shitting sideways until August!"

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Chimaira To Mix Upcoming Album

Tuesday morning (5/10) at 11:15am sharp (actual starting time), the mixing of Chimaira's upcoming release will commence. Mark Hunter and Rob Arnold arrived in the UK this morning at 7am, and will be meeting up with Colin Richardson tomorrow to get to work. "Can't wait," tells Hunter via IM in the UK, "Colin has some amazing tones to work with. I truly feel this will be our best sounding record."

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.

It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...

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Chimaira Choose Richardson To Mix Album

According to the official CHIMAIRA site, "Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, CARCASS) has been confirmed to mix the upcoming third CHIMAIRA record which will be simply titled 'Chimaira'. 13 songs have been recorded with only 10 expected to make the final tracklisting. The album is set for an August 2 release date through Roadrunner Records."

Richardson has previously worked with the band on their last album 'The Impossibility of Reason' as well as their DVD 'The Dehumanizing Process'. A list of all of Richardson's past projects can be found here.

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Lamb of God Confirmed Headliner For SotU Tour

I didn't think this was a secret or anything, but LAMB OF GOD has been confirmed as the headliner for 2005 SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR!

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!"

Joining LAMB OF GOD will be:

CLUTCH
POISON THE WELL
OPETH
UNEARTH
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
CHIMAIRA
GWAR
EVERY TIME I DIE
NORMA JEAN
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THROWDOWN
HIGH ON FIRE
MADBALL
TERROR
DEVILDRIVER
A LIFE ONCE LOST
ALL THAT REMAINS
THE RED CHORD
FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES

Sounds of the Underground 2005 Tour Dates are as follows:

6/25 - Lowell, MA - Paul E Tsongas Arena
6/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
6/28 - Pontiac, MI - Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre
6/30 - Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
7/01 - Portsmouth, VA - Harbor Center Pavilion
7/02 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Parking Lot
7/03 - Montreal, QC - Stade Uniprix
7/04 - Mississauga, ON - Arrow Hall
7/05 - Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
7/07 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Theatre @ Target Center
7/08 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center Parking Lot
7/09 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
7/10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Village
7/12 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Lot
7/13 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field
7/15 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center Lot
7/16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheatre
7/19 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
7/20 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
7/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena Lot
7/23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre Lot
7/25 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field Event Center
7/26 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
7/28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
7/29 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
7/31 - Denver, CO- Universal Lending Pavilion

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Jagermeister Sponsors Sounds of the Underground

Known for working with some of the heaviest bands in metal music, Jagermeister Liqueur is very pleased to announce its sponsorship of this summer's Sounds of the Underground Tour. This new tour, produced by House of Blues in partnership with the Sounds of the Underground LLC, brings together some of the world's most hard-hitting and uncompromising metal and hard-core acts ever. Sounds of the Underground begins on June 25th in Lowell, Massachusetts and continues through July 31st in Denver, Colorado.

Look for the Jagermeister Lounge, a state-of-the-art inflatable lounge equipped with air-conditioning.* Did we just say air-conditioning? Yes, that's right! Air-conditioning! This lounge was created specifically for Sounds of the Underground and will definitely be a hit when the temperature rises. Stop by for some Jager giveaways!** Meet the world-famous Jagerettes! And check this out: each day the Jagermeister Lounge will host band signings. Come chill out with Jagermeister and meet members of Clutch, Chimaira, GWAR, DevilDriver, Unearth, Every Time I Die, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos, and more.

A longtime sponsor of up-and-coming bands as well as some of hard rock's heaviest acts, Jagermeister is pumped to be a part of Sounds of the Underground. "When we saw some of the acts on this Tour, we knew we had to be a part of it," says Lee Einsidler, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., the importers of Jagermeister Liqueur. "The Sounds of the Underground Tour brings together some of music's hardest acts in a Tour that really caters to fans, and Jagermeister needs to be there, too."

For more about Jagermeister and its music programs, visit
http://www.jager.com or http://www.jagermusic.com. For more about The Sounds of the Underground Tour, visit http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.

* Must be 21 or older to enter the Jagermeister Lounge.

** Must be 21 or over to be eligible for prizes. Giveaways and sweepstakes prizes are subject to state and local laws and are not available in California and may not be available at other shows.

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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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