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Formed: 1998
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.

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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Watch The Get Thrashed Documentary Trailer Online

The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:


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Road Rage 2004 Photos From Aug 9 In DC

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.

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Road Rage '04 Report: Aug 9 In Washington, DC

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...

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Road Rage '04 Philadelphia Show Report

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...

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Road Rage Commences Without 3 Inches Of Blood

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.

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Chimaira Announce Split With Ex-Soilwork Drummer

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.

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Therion Members Form New Side Project

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.

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Machine Head And Chimaira To Do In-Store Signing

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.

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Road Rage 2004 Tour Dates Finalized

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

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Aggressive Music Festival Video Posted Online

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."

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More Road Rage 2004 Dates Announced

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

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In Flames To Tour Australia With Chimaira

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.

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RoadRage 2004 Tour Dates Announced

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

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Chimaira Post Mp3 Online, Message From Mark Hunter

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.

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Full Blown Chaos To Support Chimaira

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...

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Slipknot, Fear Factory, Chimaira For Jagermeister

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.

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Shenoah EP For Download As MP3s

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.

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