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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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.
Roadrunner Records has set an October 26 release date for Chimaira's first DVD, "The Dehumanizing Process" (view cover here). A 90-minute, behind-the-scenes documentary that follows the band from writing and recording their latest album, "The Impossibility of Reason", in 2003, through their stint on the RoadRage tour with labelmates Machine Head and Trivium this past August, the DVD also includes almost an hour of performance footage captured live around the world. Finally, as an added bonus, the package will include the "This Presents Darkness" EP, the self-financed effort that initially brought the band to the attention of Roadrunner Records. "It's been a tremendous ride so far," vocalist Mark Hunter said in a statement, "and I feel fortunate enough to be able to show our fans what it's like to actually be in this group because we feel they are the seventh member and we couldn't have done any of this without them."
When Chimaira released their sophomore effort for Roadrunner Records, "The Impossibility of Reason", in May of 2003, it marked both the end of a journey and the beginning of a new one. Over the past year and a half, the band has toured with some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal (Slipknot, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Fear Factory), played Ozzfest, shot three videos (one of which ended in a fiery blaze), gone through three drummers, fought illness, English thugs and one another, to come out on top. "The Dehumanizing Process" DVD, directed by Todd Bell, is this period of time caught on tape. It is an hour-and-a-half documentary of a band trying to hold onto their sanity and dream.
Chimaira's new video to their new single 'Power Trip', from their latest album 'The Impossibility Of Reason' is out now. You can watch it online at Launch.com.
I've just finished posting CorrosiveMind's photos from the August 8, 2004 Road Rage show in Philadelphia, PA, featuring Machine Head, Chimaira and Trivium. He got some awesome shots. Head over to the gallery to check them out. You can also read his report form the show here.
The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:
METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN
I got a few decent photos of Machine Head and Chimaira playing at Road Rage 2004 on August 9 in Washington, DC. The lighting (especially heavy use of green and red lights) made it hard to get good photos, but I managed a few. Check them out in the photo gallery section.
CorrosiveMind just reported on the August 8 show of the Road Rage '04 tour, but what the hell - I'll give you my opinion of the August 9 show as well.
When I heard about the Road Rage 2004 tour, I decided well ahead of time that I had to go. Despite being one of my favorite bands, and back in the top ranks of favorites after their unbelievable comeback album ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires,’ I had never had the chance to see Machine Head live. Being a fan of Chimaira and hearing good things about Trivium as well, I had to go to this show. “Had to” meaning, yes I would go even on this Monday night of August 9, 2004, which many people apparently would not do, as the crowd was smaller than expected for such a great billing and a great venue. The 9:30 club in Washington, DC is my favorite place in the area to see a good metal show, despite the location in DC and usually long drive or metro ride from where I live. More...
Road Rage Tour 2004, after previous successful tours with amazing bands the tour is back and better then ever. Bringing along with it this time Machine Head, Chimaira, and Trivium (and 3 Inches of Blood on other dates). More...
The Road Rage 2004 tour featuring co-headliners Chimaira and Machine Head with Trivium opening, has commenced. As hinted by various sources, 3 Inches Of Blood is not opening with Trivium. You can check out a Road Rage ecard here with music and info on the tour.
Metal Underground .com will be covering the 10th Anniversary of 'Burn My Eyes' show in Philly in which Machine Head will play 'Burn My Eyes' in its entirety, as well as the DC show the following night. Stay tuned for some interviews, reports and hopefully photos from the shows right here next week.
Chimaira have parted ways with drummer Ricky Evensand and have replaced him with Kevin Talley. There are many reasons for the split most of which have to do with visa issues. Chimaira kick off the Road Rage tour tomorrow night in their home town Cleveland and are excited to have Kevin behind the kit.
Good news from Nuclear Blast web page: Niemann brothers along with Christofer Johnsson on vocals finally released on July 26th their new project called Demonoid - "Riders Of The Apocalypse."
In fact, Demonoid is nothing else but a project that features Therion members Christofer Johnsson and Kristian Niemann, Johan Niemann and former Chimaira drummer Rickard Evensand. Influenced by Old School Death and Thrash, the band plays solid, aggressive and pushing metal – a feast for every headbanger who's into brutal and violent sounds. So don't expect bombastic Therion-like meta, but a true Death massacre. The musical concept of Demonoid is not symphonic metal like Therion. In fact the band strived to go back in time and create a fresh and challenging combination of basically old school Death and violent Thrash Metal elements, also mingled with a touch of modern Black Metal. Both Kristian and Johan have gotten into the more brutal forms of metal quite lately and some of their references are Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir, while Christofer – having been the growler of Therion in earlier days – has extended knowledge of the thrash and death scene from late 80’s and early 90’s. Thus bands like Slayer and Bathory, as well as all the Old School Death Metal bands from those the early times rank among his main references. Those facts create a very interesting combination, featuring Kristian’s more than excellent guitar work, Christofer’s by far best vocal performances up to now, Richard’s technical drumming and Johan’s pounding bass lines.
Most of the music was written by Kristian and Johan, some minor help came from Christofer. As the captain of this ship, Kristian has been the main person responsible with arranging the songs and also doing most of the recordings in Therion's very own "Modern Art" studio.
The lyrical concept was created by Christofer: A story which is partly fantasy and partly based on theological and historical elements. It circles around the biblical characters, "The Riders Of The Apocalypse."
On Nuclear Blast site you could also listen to an audio clip online.
More info here.
Machine Head and Chimaira are set to do an in-store signing on August 8th at the Relapse Records store, which is located at 608 South 4th Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Dates for the upcoming "Road Rage" tour have been solidified. The tour will feature co-headliners Machine Head and Chimaira with support from Trivium and 3 Inches Of Blood. Here are the confirmed dates:
8/3 Cleveland OH @ The Odeon
8/4 Toronto ON @ The Opera House
8/5 Manchester NH @ Bombshelter (no Machine Head)
8/6 Worcester MA @ Palladium
8/7 New York NY @ Irving Plaza
8/8 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
8/9 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
8/10 Norfolk VA @ The Norva
8/11 Winston Salem NC @ Ziggy's
8/13 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
8/14 Lake Buena Vista FL @ House of Blues
8/16 Houston TX @ Engine Room
8/17 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
8/18 Dallas TX @ Trees
8/20 Grand Rapids MI @ The Intersection
8/21 Detroit MI @ Harpos
8/22 Columbus OH @ Al Rosa Villa
8/23 Chicago IL @ House of Blues
8/24 Milwaukee WI @ Eagles Auditorium
8/25 Minneapolis MN @ The Quest
8/27 Lawrence KS @ Granada
8/28 Denver CO @ Gothic Theatre
8/29 Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theatre
8/30 Tempe AZ @ Marquee Theatre
9/1 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
9/3 Ventura CA @ Ventura Theatre
9/4 Hollywood CA @ House of Blues
9/5 Anaheim CA @ House of Blues
Albany's Capital News 9 has posted a two-minute video report from this weekend's Aggressive Music Festival, which featured performances from a number of national heavy metal bands, including Slayer, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Superjoint Ritual, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and Life Of Agony. Watch the video here.
Around 4,000 music fans from the Capital Region and as far away as California packed the Glens Falls Civic Center for the festival, which was organized in part by Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta. Back in May, a group of local people went around getting residents in the Glens Falls area to sign petitions (watch video here) against the concert due to some of the groups' questionable lyrics. But organizers, bands and fans said there's nothing wrong with this type of music.
Promoter Ted Etoll said, "They took one little isolated lyrical content and made everybody here to look like demons, which they aren't."
Mark Wellington of Queensbury said, "You know a lot of people were shaky about having guys like us come up here and have a festival, but overall it's just fans coming to listen to good music."
A few new stops have been tacked onto the upcoming "Road Rage 2004 Tour" itinerary, the newest are as follows:
August 11th Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
August 16th Houston, TX - Engine Room
August 17th San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
August 25th Minneapolis, MN - The Quest
August 28th Denver, CO - The Gothic Theatre
As previously reported, the "Road Rage 2004 Tour" features Machine Head, Chimaira, Trivium and Three Inches Of Blood
Sweden's IN FLAMES have confirmed that they will be embarking on a short Australian tour with CHIMAIRA beginning in mid-September. The confirmed dates and venues are as follows:
Sep. 17 – Heaven - Adelaide, AUS (all ages)
Sep. 18 - Hi-Fi Bar - Melbourne, AUS (18+)
Sep. 19 - Hi-Fi Bar - Melbourne, AUS (matinee, under 18)
Sep. 21 - Manning Bar – Sydney, AUS (all ages)
Sep. 22 - Manning Bar - Sydney, AUS (18+)
In other IN FLAMES-related news, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods award show goes out on British national TV (ITV) at 1:10 a.m. in the morning on Saturday, July 3.
IN FLAMES won the Golden God award for "Best Underground Act" at the ceremony, which took place in early June at the Ocean in Hackney, London. The TV program will also feature footage from IN FLAMES' "The Quiet Place" video clip, award acceptance speech from singer Anders Fridén and guitarist Björn Gelotte, and interviews. A repeat of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards show will be available on the ITV2 channel.
A bunch of dates have been announced for the RoadRage 2004 tour, which is scheduled to kick off early August and run through mid-September. Joining co-headliners MACHINE HEAD and CHIMAIRA will be Roadrunner Records' newest signings, THREE INCHES OF BLOOD and TRIVIUM. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 03 - The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 04 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
Aug. 05 - The Bomb Shelter - Manchester, NH
Aug. 06 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (w/ KITTIE, CANDIRIA, 36 CRAZYFISTS, TWELVE TRIBES)
Aug. 07 - Irving Plaza - NYC, NY
Aug. 08 – TLA - Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 09 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
Aug. 10 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
Aug. 13 – Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Aug. 14 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
Aug. 20 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 21 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Aug. 22 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Aug. 23 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Aug. 28 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
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...