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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CHIMAIRA recently completed the 18-date Pure Hatred 2004 with EVERY TIME I DIE and Roadrunner Records has posted an exclusive MP3 of 'Pure Hatred (live - recorded in Antwerp, Belgium) here. A message from singer Mark Hunter, recorded outside the recent Northampton show can be download in MPG video here.
HAving just started their tour with Six Feet under, Full Blown Chaos has been confirmed as one of the support bands on the upcoming Chimaira tour in March.
Here are all of the latest Full Blown Chaos tour dates: More...
It's official: SLIPKNOT will top the bill for the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida, a Roadrunner Records spokesperson has confirmed to MTV.com. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 4 in Denver. Tickets for the tour go on sale February 13. A variety of Jägermeister-sponsored bands will assume the fourth spot on the bill.
SHENOAH, the Cleveland-based band featuring former members of CHIMAIRA, ERASE THE GREY and RINGWORM, have made their entire EP, "Version 0.5", available for free download. Check it out here.
SHENOAH was founded in the spring of 2003 by former CHIMAIRA guitarist/co-founder Jason Hager. Named after Hager's step-daughter's middle name, which is Native-American for "white dove," SHENOAH "plan to make their mark and put a brand new scar on the face music as well as society itself," according to the group's official biography. "They have set their minds on creating something on their own terms without worrying if certain songs are too soft, too heavy or too electronic." "We are going to create music that naturally comes out of us, sounds that are an extension of us. When you hear SHENOAH, you're going to know that our music is real, sincere and 100% us," says Hager.
For more information, visit SHENOAH's official web site at this location.