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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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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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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.

Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.

A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...

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Chimaira Announces Tour Dates With Unearth

In addition the previously announced U.S. tour dates with Revocation and Impending Doom, Chimaira will also be heading out on the road for a round of dates with Unearth this fall for the "Jagermeister Presents" tour. The trek begins October 10th in Kent, Ohio and the band will be touring in support of latest record “The Age of Hell." Skeletonwitch and Molotov Solution will also be joining these bands on the road.

"We are extremely excited to hit the road with our old friends in Unearth,” says Mark Hunter. “Crazy to think that our bands have been playing shows for over 10 years but never headlined together in the states. A lot of fans have been waiting for this line-up and now the wait is over. This is going to be a blast! Our friends at Jägermeister will be supplying the fun, we'll be blasting the tunes, and you guys bring the ruckus! I guarantee you don't want to miss this!"

The upcoming Chimaira live shows are as follows: More...

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Chimaira Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Chimaira has announced a headlining tour this fall in support of the new record "The Age of Hell." Support duties will come from Revocation, Rise to Remain, and label mates Impending Doom.

Chimaira released the band's eOne debut yesterday, August 16th which is still available for streaming online.

The tour dates are as follows:

10/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10/14 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
10/15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
10/17 - Denver, CO - Summit
10/18 - SLC, UT - Club Sound
10/20 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
10/21 - Portland, OR - Peter's Room
10/24 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
10/25 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
10/27 - San Aantonio, TX - White Rabbit
10/28 - Dallas, TX - The Door
10/29 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
10/31 - Orlando, FL - Firestone
11/1 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
11/3 - New York, NY - BB Kings
11/4 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls
11/5 - Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa

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Chimaira Streaming Entire New Album

Chimaira is currently streaming the new record, "The Age Of Hell" in its entirety at AOL Music in preparation of the record's release tomorrow. Head over to this location to check out the album.

The band also recently debuted a brand new music video for the track "Year Of The Snake" which can be seen here.

Chimaira will release "The Age Of Hell" in the U.S. tomorrow, August 16th, 2011. "Words can't express what it took to create this album. We hope you love it as much as we do. Turn it up loud, this is Chimaira at it's finest." says front man Mark Hunter.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Age Of Hell
2. Clockwork
3. Losing My Mind
4. Time Is Running Out
5. Year Of The Snake
6. Beyond The Grave
7. Born In Blood
8. Stoma
9. Powerless
10. Trigger Finger
11. Scapegoat
12. Samsara

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Chimaira Posts New Music Video Online

Cleveland, Ohio based heavy metal outfit Chimaira has posted a new music video online for the song, "Year of The Snake." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "The Age Of Hell," which will be released on August 16th through eOne Music.

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Chimaira Posts "The Age Of Hell" Teaser

Chimaira has announced the band's new release "The Age Of Hell" will hit the U.S. this August 16th, 2011. "Words can't express what it took to create this album. We hope you love it as much as we do. Turn it up loud, this is Chimaira at it's finest." says frontman Mark Hunter.

The band has now posted a teaser trailer online for the album, which can be viewed below. Chimaira also recently posted the new song "Born in Blood" online. You can check out the track here.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Age Of Hell
2. Clockwork
3. Losing My Mind
4. Time Is Running Out
5. Year Of The Snake
6. Beyond The Grave
7. Born In Blood
8. Stoma
9. Powerless
10. Trigger Finger
11. Scapegoat
12. Samsara

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New Chimaira Song Posted Online

Another new Chimaira track has been posted online for streaming. The song, titled "Born In Blood," features a guest appearance from Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel and is to be included on the group's forthcoming new album "The Age Of Hell." The album is set for its North American release on August 16, 2011 through eOne Music. You can view the track listing for the effort below. Long Branch Records/SPV will be issuing the album in Europe on August 26, 2011.

1. The Age Of Hell
2. Clockwork
3. Losing My Mind
4. Time Is Running Out
5. Year Of The Snake
6. Beyond The Grave
7. Born In Blood
8. Stoma
9. Powerless
10. Trigger Finger
11. Scapegoat
12 . Samsara

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Chimaira Reveals New Album Details

American metal act Chimaira has new revealed details surrounding its forthcoming new album. The full length, titled "The Age of Hell," is set for its North American release on August 16, 2011 through eOne Music. You can view the track listing for the effort below. Long Branch Records/SPV will be issuing the album in Europe on August 26, 2011.

1. The Age Of Hell
2. Clockwork
3. Losing My Mind
4. Time Is Running Out
5. Year Of The Snake
6. Beyond The Grave
7. Born In Blood
8. Stoma
9. Powerless
10. Trigger Finger
11. Scapegoat
12 . Samsara

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Chimaira Posts New Album Teaser

Chimaira, who recently finished recording their upcoming new album, "The Age Of Hell," has posted a short teaser video online. The video is accompanied by the description of "August," which would presumably be when the album is targeted for release.

You can check out live video footage of a new Chimaira song, "Trigger Finger," here.

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Chimaira Drum Cam Footage Available

New drum cam footage has made its way online featuring Chimaira drummer Austin D’Amond performing the band's latest single "Trigger Finger." The track is to be included on the band's upcoming new album "The Age of Hell." You can check out the video in the player below.

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Live Video Of New Chimaira Song Posted Online

Live footage of a new Chimaira song, entitled "Trigger Finger" has been posted online. The footage was filmed on May 28th at Peabody's in Cleveland. "Trigger Finger" is off of Chimaira's upcoming album "The Age of Hell."

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Chimaira Announces Spring Tour Dates

Chimaira has announced a handful of tour dates this spring throughout Ohio and Michigan:

5/25/11 Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
5/26/11 Sandusky, OH - The Underground
5/27/11 Louisville, OH - The Carriage House
5/28/11 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
5/29/11 Geneva, OH - The Cove
5/30/11 Mentor, OH - Live Wire

The band is fresh out of the studio having completed an upcoming yet-to-be titled record due out later this year. After making headlines with recent member changes and Charlie Sheen related shenanigans, Chimaira is ready to get back to playing live shows.

Chimaira's latest lineup is Mark Hunter (vocals), Rob Arnold (guitar), Matt DeVries (guitar), Emil Werstler (Bass), Sean Zatorsky (Keyboards/Samples) and Austin D'Amond (Drums).

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Chimaira Parts Ways With Drummer

American heavy metal outfit Chimaira has announced that, in addition to the recent departure of keyboardist Chris Spicuzza, drummer Andols Herrick has also left the band. A message from Herrick reads as follows:

"Since Chris released his statement recently, I suppose its time that I do so as well since I have been dodging questions and comments for almost as long. I am no longer a member of Chimaira, and actually haven’t been since before Christmas. I did play at Chimaira Christmas 11, which was my last show. I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better and more memorable way to go out.

"I cannot stress enough how significantly different the circumstances are now than back in 2004. The short story is that the guys had taken issue with certain aspects of my role in the band. Nothing discussed was out of anger or anything personal, but I was definitely not expecting it and it was quite the spirit crusher for me. The decision was made that it would be in the band’s best interest to move forward without me. More...

Read the full article at The PRP.com.

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