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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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Therion Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

On Saturday, UMC announced that Therion is the ninth band named to the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Therion joins the previously revealed bands, with 51 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Heathen
Threshold More...

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Five More Bands Named To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

Just shortly after naming the first three bands: Blind Guardian, Arch Emeny and Ensiferum to the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, promoters UMC kept the momentum going with five more bands: Chimaira, Heathen, Threshold, Annihilator and Equilibrium.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

So the complete lineup thus far: More...

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Chimaira Posts New Video

Chimaira has debuted a brand new music video for the track, "Wrapped In Violence," surrounding the kick off of the "Celebrate The Chaos" tour this weekend.

The tour will feature set lists compiled of all seven of the band's LP's. Support will come from IWrestledABearOnce, Oceano, and label-mates Reflections and Fit For An Autopsy opening. Chimaira's Mark Hunter comments:

"Chimaira turned fifteen last August and the only appropriate way to celebrate the chaos is to hit the road. Take a trip through the entire catalog with us and rediscover old favorites in the new era of domination! Rise up! The time has come..."

01/30/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
01/31/14 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
02/01/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance (16+)
02/04/14 Amityville, NY Revolution (16+)
02/05/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
02/06/14 Reading, PA Reverb
02/07/14 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan's
02/08/14 Fayetteville, NC The Drunk Horse Pub
02/09/14 Charlotte, NC The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
02/11/14 Knoxville, TN NV Nightclub (18+)
02/12/14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
02/14/14 St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
02/15/14 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
02/17/14 Broussard, LA The Station (18+)
02/18/14 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse (21+)
02/21/14 Kokomo, IN Center Stage
02/22/14 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards (18+)
02/23/14 Newport, KY Thompson House (18+) More...

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Chimaira Announces 2014 Tour Dates

Cleveland heavyweights Chimaira has announced the "Celebrate the Chaos" tour that will run rampant through the U.S. and Europe.

The tour will celebrate the band's fifteen year path digging up hits from the vast back catalog. Supporting duties will come from IWrestledABearOnce and Oceano with label-mates Fit For An Autopsy and Reflections opening the show. Front man Mark Hunter weighs in on the news:

"Chimaira turned fifteen this August and the only appropriate way to celebrate the chaos is to hit the road. Take a trip through the entire catalog with us and rediscover old favorites in the new era of domination! Rise up! The time has come..." More...

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Chimaira Announces Christmas Show

Cleveland's Chimaira has announced the band's annual Christmas event on Saturday December 21st at the Agora Theater in Cleveland, OH. Frontman Mark Hunter weighs in on the event:

"It's the most heaviest time of the year. We're honored to present the 14th annual Chimaira Christmas at the legendary Cleveland Agora. It's the absolute best way to end the year and we're pumped to head-bang through the holidays with you once again. See you there!"

This will be the band's 14th year hosting the event and will encompass two stages in both the Agora Theater and Ballroom, with a "fan appreciation" ticket price of $10. Keep an eye on the band's official Facebook page for fresh details including supporting acts. More...

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Chimaira Announces New Live Shows

Chimaira has announced the "No Mercy for the Midwest" tour, which will see the band supporting latest album "Crown of Phantoms," released back in July.

A teaser trailer for the album can be heard at this location.

Details for the U.S. shows are as follows:

9/21/13 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
9/22/13 Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
9/23/13 Sauget ,IL - Pop's
9/24/13 Steger, IL - Another Hole in the Wall
9/25/13 Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
9/26/13 Sauk Rapids, MN - Bubba's
9/28/13 Rockford, IL - Back Bar
9/29/13 Battle Creek, MI - Planet Rock More...

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Chimaira Unveils New Music Video

This morning, Chimaira debuted a brand new music video for the song "All That's Left Is Blood."

The track can be found on the band's latest release, "Crown of Phantoms," available tomorrow on iTunes.

Chimaira is currently on tour with Threat Signal, The Browning, and Dark Sermon. Check out the full list of dates at this location.

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The Browning Kicking Off Tour With Chimaira

The Browning will hit the road for a month starting tonight in Springfield, VA before preparing for the release of a new album this fall. Also joining The Browning and Chimaira on the tour are Threat Signal and Dark Sermon. Dates are as follows:

Jul. 26 - Springfield, VA - Empire
Jul. 27 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
Jul. 28 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Jul. 29 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
Jul. 31 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
Aug. 01 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Aug. 02 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's
Aug. 03 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Aug. 04 - Tempe, AZ - Rocky Point
Aug. 05 - Henderson, NV - Eagle Aerie Hall *
Aug. 06 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Aug. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Aug. 08 - Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
Aug. 09 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Aug. 10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Aug. 11 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Aug. 12 - Boise, ID - The Venue *
Aug. 13 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
Aug. 14 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Aug. 15 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
Aug. 16 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Aug. 17 - Columbus, OH - Frontier Ranch
Aug. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Aug. 19 - Westland, MI - The Token Lounge *
Aug. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Aug. 21 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Aug. 22 - Boston, MA - Middle East
Aug. 23 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
Aug. 24 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Aug. 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's

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OpEd

Bands That You Never Gave a Chance

My personal confessions are less about what I enjoy that would shred my credibility through a wood chipper and more about which bands I used to despise that I'd never talk shit about today. Namely, I used to really hate System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Behemoth and Chimaira. After only hearing a handful of songs from each, I decided that all were overrated before actually giving their discography a real chance.

Holy shit did I regret that later on after listening to Chimaira's self-titled album, Iron Maiden's “Powerslave”, “Zos Kia Cultus,” and the entirety of “Toxicity” (although I still maintain that “Chop Suey” has always been overrated and overplayed and I'm not a fan of the title track on “Resurrection”).

It's hard to look at yourself after talking shit about music that you were completely ignorant about. Eventually, I moved on to "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “Resurrection,” and “Steal This Album” and realized that I was talking out my ass and sounded like one of those guys who calls eurodance “techno” but has never listened to speedcore or confuses hip-hop with R&B. More...

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Chimaira Releases New Music Video

Chimaira has debuted a brand new music video for the single "No Mercy" today. Vocalist Mark Hunter weighs in on the video:

"We are pumped to present the first official video for our new album 'Crown of Phantoms.' Directed by Cleveland native Patrick Finegan, 'No Mercy' is a ferocious, twisted, cerebral ride through hell and back. Enjoy the trip!"

"Crown of Phantoms" is due out July 30th, 2013. The album's track listing is:

1. The Machine
2. No Mercy
3. All That's Left Is Blood (streaming here)
4. I Despise
5. Plastic Wonderland
6. The Transmigration
7. Crown Of Phantoms
8. Spineless
9. Kings Of The Shadow World
10. Wrapped In Violence
11. Love Soaked Death More...

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Chimaira Announces New Tour Dates

Chimaira has announced the "Crown of Phantoms" tour surrounding the band's new LP of the same name. Dates will stretch coast to coast in the U.S. with support from The Browning, Threat Signal, and label-mates Dark Sermon.

Dates for the run are available below. Chimaira will release the new "Crown Of Phantoms" album on July 30th, 2013. More...

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Chimaira Posts "Crown Of Phantoms" Teaser

Cleveland's Chimaira has posted a video that reveals the album artwork, track listing, and 30 second song clips from forthcoming album "Crown of Phantoms," due out July 30th, 2013. Check it out below. The album's track listing is:

1. The Machine
2. No Mercy
3. All That's Left Is Blood
4. I Despise
5. Plastic Wonderland
6. The Transmigration
7. Crown Of Phantoms
8. Spineless
9. Kings Of The Shadow World
10. Wrapped In Violence
11. Love Soaked Death More...

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Chimaira Streaming New Single

Chimaira has debuted a brand new single called "All That's Left is Blood," taken from the upcoming new LP "Crown Of Phantoms." Check it out below.

Vocalist Mark Hunter weighs in on the single: "'All That’s Left is Blood' is an exercise in musical evisceration. One almost feels guilty for screaming along to such audio violence. Here, Werstler’s soloing lays a daring fluidity over the riot-inciting main riff. It’s immediately recognizable as being another classic Chimaira track, trademarked territory yet radical with growth."

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Chimaira Announces New Album Details

Chimaira has announced a massive crowd funding campaign surrounding the release of brand new LP, “Crown of Phantoms.” The album will be released on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013.

The band is seeking support for a special fan edition CD/DVD. This edition and its perks will only be available to campaign supporters and will not be sold anywhere else. Specifically, supporters will be contributing to the following:

-Two narrative music videos
-A behind the scenes, "Crown Of Phantoms" making-of documentary
-Seven additional tracks exclusive to the fan edition
-Various behind the scenes videos
-Expanded version of "Dr. Z" with fan determined ending
-Full length album commentary from all the band members as they listen to the record
-Graphic art storyboards created for the music videos included in the fan edition booklet
-Original artwork & packaging exclusive to the fan edition

Full details on the campaign can be found here. Check out a video update from the band below. More...

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Asking Alexandria Posts Tour Trailer

Asking Alexandria has just posted a new teaser trailer for the band's upcoming "Don't Pray For Us" tour with Motionless In White, Whitechapel, Chimaira, and I Killed the Prom Queen.

The clip, available below, also features a preview of an upcoming new Asking Alexandria song.

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Chimaira Reveals Only U.S. Show Of The Year

Cleveland's heavy metal beast Chimaira will return to the stage for the band's first and only U.S. appearance of 2012 on December 29th. The 13th annual Chimaira Christmas will take place at Cleveland's House Of Blues. Commented frontman Mark Hunter:

"Cleveland's had Chimaira's back since the beginning - they've weathered the storms- now it's time to celebrate!"

A special pre-sale for fans will take place through the band's Facebook page this Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale through Live Nation on Friday. More...

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Chimaira Comments On Keeping Band Name

Chimaira has issued the following statement about keeping the band name after several lineup changes and announcement about working on new material:

"The last few years have been bizarre, to say the least. Chimaira went through an insane amount of changes that would have killed 99% of the bands out there, and all things considered, probably should have killed us, too. Since 2009, we’ve switched labels, management companies, booking agents, merchandisers, and unfortunately, band members.

"Like many bands, we were tested in order to survive an ever-changing industry. There were various suggestions implemented to try and improve our situation; some methods worked, some not so much. Regardless, we all had different ideas and life goals that ultimately led to where we are today.

"For over a year, we’ve been working incessantly to assemble a solid team that would represent Chimaira moving forward, all the while rebuilding the entire infrastructure. With the music industry being in a transitional period, it was imperative to align ourselves with the right people.

"Thankfully, a new balance has been found and goals have been met. Though the past few years have been difficult (with actual blood, sweat, and tears), today I’m excited to announce that the machine is running stronger than ever.

"I want to thank all of our dedicated fans for understanding that every change made was to keep Chimaira alive. A harrowing journey, the humility that accompanied each step of the path is a blessing, and your loyalty speaks volumes that will not go unrecognized. More...

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Chimaira Releases Video For "Losing My Mind"

The new video for Chimaira's single "Losing My Mind" is available on the band's official Youtube channel. This marks the sixth single that Chimaira has released for the album "The Age of Hell." The lyric video can be seen below:

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Full Chimaira Show Footage From Age Of Hell Tour

Chimaira's full live show from the O2 Academy, Oxford on their "Age of Hell" tour has been posted online. You can watch the video below. (Note that camera audio begins at 1:46.)

Chimaira O2 Academy Oxford - The Age of Hell Tour:

The band, which underwent major lineup changes last year, recently posted a rehearsal video with the new bassist and guitarist.

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Chimaira Posts Rehearsal Footage

Chimaira, which recruited a new bassist and guitarist late last year, has now released a behind the scenes video online. Check out the footage below of the band rehearsing for an upcoming appearance at Australia's Soundwave Festival and European/UK tour dates to follow after.

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