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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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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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Chimaira Comments On Departure Of Chris Spicuzza

Chimaira has posted the following statement online in response to keyboardist Chris Spicuzza leaving the band:

"As we know this news sucks… hopefully this cheers you up a little.

"There are definitely samples, keys, electronics, and all sorts of other wizardry on this record. we’ve spent the past 12 years creating the atmospheric side of chimaira, and we can’t imagine listening to us without those cool bits either. each album brought new noises and a vibe to accompany that particular record. nothing has changed in that regard. this has always been an evolution. while it may seem like the end of days, we see this as another chapter. chimaira developed our sound together with chris, and although he is gone, his spirit, class, and the foundation he helped lay, will always remain.

"You know us. we don’t drive our cars looking through the rearview mirror. never have, never will. keep the glasses half full, amigos. it makes for a much more interesting ride….and we’re just getting started. yes, rob is still in Chimaira. Six Feet Under is a side project. Maynard James Keenan sings for 3 bands. Rob plays guitar for 3. It’s all gravy. Thanks for your continuous support."

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Just For Fun

Chimaira Covers "Wild Thing" For Charlie Sheen

American metal act Chimaira has posted a cover of the classic rock song "Wild Thing" from The Troggs. According to the band, the song is a tribute to the recent escapades of Hollywood TV actor Charlie Sheen, known for his work on the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. The band commented on the cover by saying:

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Having fun with the current Charlie Sheen phenomenon. Don't take this too seriously. Enjoy!...we're going back to work on the new record...winning!"

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Chimaira Guitarist Comments On Six Feet Under

Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold has posted the following statement online, following the announcement of his new duties with Six Feet Under.

"Its been an amazing honor and opportunity to have been called upon by one of my biggest idols, Chris Barnes!! Six Feet Under and the Barnes era Cannibal stuff had enormous effects on me as a young musician, and still do to this day. In 1996, I was a kid in the front row screaming my head off to Lycanthropy and Torn to the Bone… And now here I am, being asked to play the songs on stage with the band! Dreams do come true!!! And the stuff we’ve been writing absolutely RIPS! Watch out!!"

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Chimaira Guitarist Joins Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under vocalist Chris Barnes has posted the following update online, announcing the addition of Chimaira's Rob Arnold to the group as its new rhythm guitarist.

"Just wanted to give you a Six Feet Under band update and let you all know that we would like to announce our good friend Rob Arnold will be joining Six Feet Under as second rhythm guitarist for upcoming touring duties, as well as collaborating on the new CD. I couldn't be happier about the new songs and lineup! Rob and myself have been collaborating on new songs along with the band's new drummer, Kevin Talley, for the past few months. We are all feeling really excited about the band's future, and the raw intensity of the songs that we have created together so far. This is the heaviest most exciting material that I've worked on since 'The Bleeding' [1994 Cannibal Corpse record], and I'm stoked that Rob will be helping out creating this CD with us! We've all known each other for a while and we're really looking forward to continue writing the new CD and future tours. We are committed to taking Six Feet Under to the next level of brutality!"

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Chimaira Signs To eOne Music

Cleveland, Ohio heavy metal outfit Chimaira has announced that they have signed a new record deal with eOne Music, who will be releasing their future albums in North America, South America and Japan. A message from the band's singer Mark Hunter reads as follows:

"We would like to thank Scott Givens and eOne. We are excited to start the new decade with a team that believes in our music, has our back and thinks outside the box. eOne are one of the very few labels out there who still give a damn about the genre and Chimaira are proud to be a part of that. Expect great things in 2011."

The band are currently in the studio writing their first album for eOne, which is expected to be released later this year.

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Chimaira Video Interview Available

PCM recently sat down with Chimaira before the band's show at Crocodile Rock, in Allentown, PA earlier this month. Footage from the interview can be found in the video clip below.

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Daath Checks in From European Tour

DAATH recently completed a North America run with Chimaira and Impending Doom. The band will be heading on another European tour soon with Fear Factory. A fan filmed video capturing the impressive Kevin Talley drum solo and the band's performance of the new track, “Double Tap Suicide,” can be seen here.

Levi comments, “DAATH is in Europe for the second time this year. We’ve been so busy making records that we haven’t been able to tour much; but what we’ve done so far counts like a motherfucker: Slayer and Festival dates this summer, Fear Factory/High on Fire tour this winter. The best part for us is that we didn’t just fly over here to start a tour cold. We kicked ass across the Northeast with Chimaira, Impending Doom and This or The Apocalypse this past November. It was some of the best fun we’ve had on any tour ever. On top of the fact that Chimaira is an extremely cool band to tour with, this was a very big one for us on multiple levels. As a band we are the most gelled live that we have ever been. We’re tighter than ever and goddamn; Kevin’s drum solo is badass. Whoever saw us on that leg got the chance to see the production we’ve added to the show as well. We’re always adding to it. As if blinding you guys wasn’t enough, let me just say that we’re going beyond just the lights."

“I’m writing to you guys from my Hotel Room in Luxemburg, exhausted. We finished the Chimaira run, drove to the airport, hopped on a plane to Europe and immediately met up with Fear Factory & High on Fire. It was a hell of a lot of traveling and of course with all that comes a lot of bullshit these days. Though as soon as we hopped up on stage and started playing it was all forgotten and the bullshit just melted away. The show was killer, the bands are killer, we’re just stoked to be bringing it to Europe yet again! Look for more updates on some upcoming tour videos we’ll be doing. I hope you are all doing well and I will check back in with you soon.” More...

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Chimaira Profiled On BodyBuilding.com

Bodybuilding.com recently profiled Chimaira to find out how they stay pumped up amidst a rigorous tour schedule. Watch the video as they check out Mark and the boys' tour bus, their supplement regimens, and their unique Layne Norton designed split workouts.

Check out a short video below or the full article here.

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Former Chimaira Bassist Comments On His Departure

Former Chimaira bassist Jim LaMarca has issued the following statement regarding his decision to leave the band:

"I would like to thank the Chimaira fans world wide for their endless support. Those who have met me in person and or online know that I have tried to make contact with as many of you as I possibly could. I can’t express enough how much it was a pleasure for me to meet all of you.

"I started playing in bands over 22 years ago starting with Sacrifix, then Skipline, to Not So Blah (N.S.B.), Switched and getting an opportunity of a lifetime to join Chimaira. I had an incredible time being a part of Chimaira. This experience has provided me to live a lifestyle that I always dreamed of having.

"The band Chimaira has meant a great deal to me. I made a promise to my dear friend Matt Nemec after he passed away, that I would never give up on pursuing my dreams, and because of Chimaira I was able to do that. For that I will always be in debt to this band.

"I would like to thank a few important people that have been so supportive of my musical ventures. My parents gave me the tools to be successful, Mom and Dad without you guys I would have never been able to do any of this. My brother Michael P. LaMarca, thank you for selling Sacrifix Merch and throwing up on the display. My brother Anthony, thanks for the most beautiful nieces. Ed Gandolf for having the patience to see that I at least had rhythm and that I had the balls to play that first show in your parents basement on New Years Eve. Matt Vasiliou and Matt Nemec (R.I.P.), thank you for sharing the good old days with me.

"I am excited to now be able to focus my efforts on my company, Straight Razor Entertainment, which will be focus on developing bands and artists. Look for further details either facebook.com/jimlamarca or on Twiiter @jimlamarcatwitt.

"The future is uncertain for me with the touring lifestyle, 22 years of playing music and I am still not done playing. You will be able to see me perform with Tenafly Viper, which will be playing shows regionally.

"Last, thank you Alayna (my wife) for supporting me with all my decisions and now having to put up with me being home now.

Peace and love."

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This Or The Apocalypse Updates Tour Schedule

Lancaster, PA’s This Or The Apocalypse has announced a headlining U.S. this December and January. The first section of the tour (Dec 26th-Jan 4th) also features An Early Ending, Deception of a Ghost, and Where the Ocean Meets The Sky. The second portion of the tour (Jan 5th-Jan 16th) includes Destruction of a Rose, An Early Ending, and Deception of a Ghost.

The band is currently on the road with Chimaira's "Blue Collar Brawler Tour." Other bands supporitng the run are Impending Doom and Daath. "This or the Apocalypse is going to be playing a lot of new crowds and we couldn't be any more excited about it,” states vocalist Ricky Armellino. “This tour is a really cool mix of bands that we've been familiar with and fans of for a long time; definitely an incredible way to end the year for us. See you all out there!”

The band's upcoming shows are as follows: More...

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Chimaira Bassist Leaves The Band

Cleveland, Ohio based metal outfit Chimaira has announced that bass player Jim LaMarca has decided to retire from his position in the band. Their message reads as follows:

"After a decade of good times and achievements, our friend and band mate Jim LaMarca has decided to retire from Chimaira. We wish him nothing but the best as he settles in and starts a family.

"As for seeking a replacement… we’ll cross that bridge down the line. In the meantime, consider it 'business as usual' with the Chimaira you know and love.

"Emil Werstler (Daath guitarist) will be handling the bass duties for the rest of the year, and we’ll see you on the road!"

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The Elite Posts Second Part of "WW3 Mini Movie"

The Elite, featuring Chimaira's Rob Arnold, and Bleed The Sky's Austin D'Amond, has posted the second part to their "The Elite WW3 Mini-Movie" series. The video acts as an introduction to the band and an in-depth look at the creation of their "WW3 EP."

You can watch part 1 at this location.

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Chimaira Posts Unreleased "Coming Alive" Video

Chimaria has posted an unreleased clip from the "Coming Alive" DVD. In this clip, Rob Arnold takes you on a tour of industrial Cleveland while singing along to his favorite Six Feet Under song, "Remains of You."

This clip was recorded for Chimaira's recent dvd, Coming Alive, which is available here.

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Chimaira Guitarist Starts New Project, The Elite

Chirmaira guitarist Rob Arnold is in a new side project dubbed The Elite. The band has posted a new video, Part 1 of "The Elite WW3 Mini-Movie" series. The video acts as an introduction to the band and an in-depth look at the creation of their "WW3 EP." The Elite features Chimaira's Rob Arnold, and Bleed The Sky's Austin D'Amond.

You can stream what appears to be the entire "WW3 EP" on the band's MySpace page.

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Daath Announces Tour Dates With Chimaira

Alternative thrash metal act Daath has revealed the dates for its forthcoming North American tour. The tour is in support of Daath's forthcoming self-titled album, which is set for release on October 25, 2010. Support on the tour will come from co-headliners Chimaira, Impending Doom and This Or The Apocalypse.

DAATH w/Chimaria, Impending Doom
11/24 Chicago IL – House of Blues
11/26 Columbus OH – Al Rosa Villa
11/27 Detroit MI – Harpos
11/28 Pittsburgh PA – Mr. Smalls Theater
11/29 Toronto ON – Opera House
11/30 Montreal QC – Club Soda
12/01 Poughkeepsie NY – The Chance
12/02 West Springfield VA – Jaxx
12/03 Allentown PA – Crocodile Rock
12/04 Lancaster PA – Chameleon Club

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Chimaira Working On New Album, Mini-Tour

Chimaira is reportedly working on a new album and is planning a short headlining tour. The band posted the following on their facebook page:

"We've been hard at work on the new album. We booked 10 day headline tour to get ourselves out of Chimaira HQ. Dates will be announced VERY soon."

The band canceled their U.K. tour late this summer as a result of illness.

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