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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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.
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)
All That Remains
Poison the Well
Strapping Young Lad
A Life Once Lost
Every Time I Die
Terror / Madball (half of the tour each)
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
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.
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
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
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.
Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.
There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...
MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.
Chimaira has been doing their thing back in Cleveland - that 'thing' currently being busting their collective asses writing new material, with hopes to enter the studio early next year (Jan/Feb) to start the recording process.
Chimaira Holiday shows upcoming:
12/27/2004 Hammersmith Apollo - London (with In Flames and Lacuna Coil)
12/30/2004 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
Spanning the spectrum of complete-and-in-stores and it's-in-the-works, Roadrunner Records have an ecard especially made for their current and upcoming DVDs. Chimaira, Ill Nino, Soulfly, Slipknot. Check it out here.
Cleveland's Shenoah, featuring former members of Chimaira, Erase The Grey, and Ringworm, are currently at Conquistador Studios with producer Cole Martinez recording their debut album for Corporate Punishment Records. The effort should be available on January 10, 2005, followed by a U.S. tour.
Photos from Chimaira's DVD release party for "The Dehumanizing Process" at NYC hot night-spot Snitch (owned by Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver's Duff McKagan and Fuel's Brett Scallions) have been posted here.
You should already know, but if not, check out this site to see what the upcoming Chimaira "The Dehumanizing Process" DVD is all about, and to pre-order this piece and receive a special Chimaira t-shirt.
That being said, there are some screenings set up around this release. As follows:
1. CLEVELAND: Though not open to the public, some lucky contest winners have already been selected. This Saturday (10/16) Chimaira will be at the Odeon in Cleveland showing their DVD to fans and some press cats. All starts at 5pm.
2. NYC: Not open to the public, BUT, you can enter for a chance to be there by going here. Chimaira's Mark Hunter and Jim LaMarca will be hitting NYC next week for a 2nd screening of the DVD. It will be held at Duff McKagan's NYC bar, Snitch, and starts at 6pm this coming Tuesday (10/19).
3. ATLANTA: TOTALLY OPEN TO ALL.
Where: The Masquerade
Address: 695 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Date: Wednesday October 27
Will be held in Purgatory (middle level of the club)
And let us not forget the release date full band in store in Parma, where you are all invited:
10.26.04 @ 4:00pm
Best Buy Parma
7400 Brook Park Road
Cleveland, OH 44129
Chimaira "The Dehumanizing Process" DVD in stores 10/26.
The soundtrack for the horror flick SAW will contain "16 dark and disturbing tracks", featuring new music from Charlie Clouser (N.I.N.), Enemy, Pitbull Daycare, Psycho Pumps plus Fear Factory, Chimaira, Illdisposed & Caliban. The soundtrack is being release by Roadrunner Records and hit stores October 11th.
The full tracklisting is as follows: More...
Waiting at the Roadrunner NY office in this morning's mail were the first final copies of Chimaira's upcoming DVD, "The Dehumanizing Process." Coincidentally enough, today "The Dehumanizing Process" DVD website went live. You too can now check out some footage from Chimaira's upcoming DVD, and learn a bit more of what to expect from this release.