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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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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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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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Mark Hunter Posts Unreleased Chimaira Demos

Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter has posted two unreleased demos from "The Age Of Hell" recording sessions. You can stream or download them below below. Of the first, he comments, "I had no idea what I'd do vocally and recall wanting to work on other songs instead. shelved."

Additionally, he has uploaded demo recordings of other songs off the album, including "Scum of the Earth" and "Clockwork" on his Soundcloud page.

Chimaira recently announced the addition of Matt Szlachta and Jeremy Creamer to replace Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries.

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Chimaira Recruits New Bassist And Guitarist

Chimaira, which split with Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries, has now issued the following announcement about recruiting new members:

"We are proud to announce the addition of Matt Szlachta and Jeremy Creamer to Chimaira.

"The plan was to build an undeniable string section and we have done just that. Jeremy will be pounding on the bass, and Matt shredding alongside Emil on guitar.

"As a way to say hello to the Chimaira fans, Jeremy recently remixed a couple of tracks from The Age Of Hell.

"Go here and download the FREE EP and listen to the Allinaline mixes. (We’d also like to thank Dubba Jonny for remixing Year Of The Snake!)

"CCXII marks the end of an era, but it’s also the start of a new chapter. We look forward to 2012. Thank you all for your overwhelming, and continuous support."

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Unearth, Skeletonwitch Stole Show in Austin

Co-headliners Unearth and Chimaira, two bastions of the breakdown, threw down a modern-metal clinic at Emo’s East in Austin, Texas. Molotov Solution, a promising newcomer to Metal Blade Records, opened the show in fitting ground-and-pound deathcore fashion. Skeletonwitch seemed the odd man out, although their searing blend of blackened thrash proved a needed diversity. The package came sealed with a black licorice-tasting inebriation courtesy of Jägermeister music. More...

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Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries To Part with Chimaira

Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter has issued an update from the road, announcing that Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries will both be leaving the band as well. Their final shows with the band will be at the annual Christmas show in Cleveland, Ohio. Here's the update from Mark:

I would like to start off by thanking our fans for a great tour. This last run was a blast, and truly the most fun we’ve had in a long while. The energy from the audience was exactly what we needed, and a welcoming return. Thank you guys!

Unfortunately, as much fun as we were having, behind the scenes we were aware of some unfortunate realities that prevented us from “living the dream” and having the time of our lives. We had another bomb to drop on the fans.

Early in July we were informed that Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries would be leaving Chimaira at the end of 2011. Of course this was a huge blow, but there were no hard feelings. We understand that life invades art, everything runs its course, and we have to take different paths.

We respect their decision and wish them only the best. We made heavy metal history together and that is all that matters at the end of the day.

Chimaira Christmas 12 will be their last show, and we’ve been preparing to make it one that you’ll never forget.

I would personally like to thank Rob and Matt for all of their hard work, years of service to Chimaira, amazing songs, and for their friendship. Together we built something special that will remain for generations to come. I’m looking forward to spending another 5 weeks on the road with two of the best (and criminally underrated) guitarists in modern metal.

What’s next for Chimaira in 2012? More on that very soon.

Rather than try and make light of unpleasant news, or downplay this by hyping up a new line-up, let’s take a few to honor Rob and Matt.My favorite solo of Rob’s is on The Heart Of It All and my favorite riff of Matt’s is The Dehumanizing Process. I’ll be cranking those today. What about you?

See you in Detroit. - Mark

Chimaira parted with keyboardist Chris Spicuzza and then drummer Andols Herrick earlier this spring.

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Molotov Solution Announces Shows With Chimaira

Molotov Solution will be hitting the road on the 11th supporting Chimaira and Unearth. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Nov 11, 2011 - Detroit, MI (US) @ Harpos entertainment Theater
Nov 12, 2011 - Rochester, NY (US) @ Montage Music Hall
Nov 13, 2011 - Toronto, ON (CA) @ The Opera House
Nov 14, 2011 - Montreal, QC (CA) @ Club Soda
Nov 16, 2011 - Hartford, CT (US) @ The Webster Theatre / Webster Underground
Nov 17, 2011 - Poughkeepsie, NY (US) @ The Chance Theater
Nov 18, 2011 - Sayreville, NJ (US) @ Starland Ballroom
Nov 19, 2011 - Hampton, NH (US) @ Wally's Pub
Nov 20, 2011 - West Springfield, VA (US) @ Jaxx
Nov 21, 2011 - Asheville, NC (US) @ The Orange Peel
Nov 22, 2011 - Raleigh, NC (US) @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 23, 2011 - Myrtle Beach, SC (US) @ House of Blues Myrtle Beach
Nov 25, 2011 - Fort Lauderdale, FL (US) @ Revolution
Nov 26, 2011 - Saint Petersburg, FL (US) @ The State Theatre
Nov 27, 2011 - Jacksonville Beach, FL (US) @ Freebird Live
Nov 28, 2011 - Mobile, AL (US) @ The Indie Spot
Nov 29, 2011 - Austin, TX (US) @ Emo's East
Nov 30, 2011 - Oklahoma City, OK (US) @ Diamond Ballroom
Dec 1, 2011 - Albuquerque, NM (US) @ Sunshine Theater
Dec 2, 2011 - Grand Junction, CO (US) @ Mesa Theater & Club
Dec 3, 2011 - Colorado Springs, CO (US) @ The Black Sheep
Dec 4, 2011 - Farmington, NM (US) @ Top Deck
Dec 5, 2011 - Phoenix, AZ (US) @ Marquee Theatre
Dec 6, 2011 - Murietta, CA (US) @ Galindos
Dec 7, 2011 - Pomona, CA (US) @ The Glass House
Dec 8, 2011 - Reno, NV (US) @ Knitting Factory
Dec 9, 2011 - Boise, ID (US) @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Dec 10, 2011 - Spokane, WA (US) @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Dec 11, 2011 - Calgary, AB (CA) @ The Republik
Dec 12, 2011 - Edmonton, AB (CA) @ The Starlite Room
Dec 14, 2011 - Winnipeg, MB (CA) @ Pyramid Cabaret
Dec 15, 2011 - Saint Paul, MN (US) @ Station 4
Dec 16, 2011 - Cedar Falls, IA (US) @ The Wheelhouse
Dec 17, 2011 - Madison, WI (US) @ Barrymore Theatre
Dec 18, 2011 - Grand Rapids, MI (US) @ The Intersection More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.

Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."

A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...

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Revoker To Support Chimaira

Welsh ruffians Revoker will be supporting Chimaira on an upcoming March 2012 tour. No strangers to the road, Revoker has been honing the band's chops already with Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Rob Zombie, and at the Sonisphere and Bloodstock festivals.

Come Spring time, Revokerand Chimaira will be laying waste to no less than seventeen venues up, down, and across the UK. Currently announced dates are as follows:

Thu 8 Mar - GLASGOW King Tuts
Fri 9 Mar – DUNDEE Fat Sams
Sat 10 Mar – ABERDEEN Tunnels
Sun 11 Mar – NEWCASTLE Academy 2
Mon 12 Mar - YORK The Duchess
Tue 13 Mar – LEEDS Cockpit
Thu 15 Mar - NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
Sat 17 Mar - WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Sun 18 Mar - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Mon 19 Mar - NORWICH Waterfront
Tue 20 Mar - COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Thu 22 Mar - OXFORD Academy 2
Fri 23 Mar - EXETER Lemon Grove
Sat 24 Mar - CARDIFF Great Hall 2
Sun 25 Mar - SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads
Mon 26 Mar - MARGATE Westcoast Bar
Tue 27 Mar - LONDON Islington Academy

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