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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.

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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 Cancels Melbourne Show

Chimaira has cancelled their Melbourne all-ages show of the band's Australian tour. No reason was given for the cancellation. The show in question was set for:

16 Jan 2010 – Billboards U/18’s, Melbourne

The following shows are still on schedule as of now:

13 Jan 2010 – Capitol Theatre, Perth
14 Jan 2010 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
15 Jan 2010 – Billboards O 18’s, Melbourne
17 Jan 2010 – Hifi Bar, Brisbane
18 Jan 2010 – Metro, Sydney

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Evile Covers Pantera, Last Recording w/ Bassist

British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.

The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.

Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.

A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.

EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.

"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.

"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:

"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.

"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."

The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:

01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"

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Chimaira Video Interview Available

Domination TV has posted a video interview online with Chimaira front man Mark Hunter and lead guitar player Rob Arnold discussing their latest album "The Infection." The video clip can be viewed below.

Chimaira interview

DominatioN - Myspace Metal Finland | MySpace Video

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Kevin Talley Launches Website and Guitar Giveaway

Drummer Kevin Talley (Chimaira, Dying Fetus, Daath, Misery Index) has just launched his website DrummerKevinTalley.com along with an awesome DYING FETUS competition for bass and guitar players. You can download his DYING FETUS "Praise The Lord" drum tracks (free) and record your guitar or bass for a chance to WIN his Jackson guitar autographed by James Murphy and one of your favorite musicians (you name the musician and he'll try to get the autograph).

The site also includes information on his studio services, musician management, drum production, and also provides free drum instruction clips, and many other goodies.

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Trivium Drummer To Miss Upcoming Tour

Trivium has announced that drummer Travis Smith will be unable to join them on their upcoming North American tour with Chimaira, Whitechapel and Dirge Within. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Travis Smith will not be joining us on this leg and is home taking care of some personal business. Filling in on drums for the tour will be south Florida’s Nick Augusto. Nick is a former Trivium drum tech and is a member of the band Maruta (Willowtip Records)."

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Chimaira To Support Trivium On U.K. Tour Dates

Chimaira have announced that they will be supporting Trivium on their March 2010 U.K. tour. Whitechapel and another band to-be-announced will also be supporting. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/5 2010 University Cardiff, UK
3/6 2010 Rock City Nottingham, UK
3/7 2010 Victoria Hall Stoke, UK
3/8 2010 Metropolitan University Leeds, UK
3/10 2010 Academy Newcastle, UK
3/11 2010 Ironworks Inverness, UK
3/12 2010 Barrowlands Glasgow, UK
3/13 2010 Academy Manchester, UK
3/14 2010 UEA Norwich, UK
3/16 2010 Pyramid Centre Portsmouth, UK
3/17 2010 Koko London, UK
3/18 2010 Koko London, UK
3/20 2010 Academy Oxford, UK
3/22 2010 Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone, UK
3/23 2010 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UK
3/24 2010 Academy Bristol, UK

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Saw VI Soundtrack Video Teaser Posted Online

A 30 second teaser for the Saw VI soundtrack has been posted online and is viewable below. As previously reported, the soundtrack available everywhere October 20 features new and unreleased music from Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Suicide Silence, Shadows Fall, Mushroomhead, Converge, It Dies Today, Kittie, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, and more more.

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Chimaira Posts Live Footage Online

Chimaira has posted a live video clip online of their performance of the song "The Venom Inside," which can be viewed below. The recording took place on September 22nd at Nosturi, Helsinki. More...

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Chimaira Announces Christmas 2009 Show

Chimaira has announced the details for thier tenth annual Christmas gig. This year's show will take place on December 27th, 2009 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets are on sale now.

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Saw VI Soundtrack Final Lineup Revealed

The line-up and tracklisting for the Saw VI soundtrack has been revealed. The soundtrack features brand new and unreleased music from Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Suicide Silence, Shadows Fall, Mushroomhead, Converge, It Dies Today, Kittie, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, and more.

The Saw VI soundtrack will be available October 20, 2009. The official website and pre-order has been launched at saw6soundtrack.com.

In Saw VI, Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.

Trustkill's Josh Grabelle said, "We are stoked about this soundtrack as we've managed to place songs from some of the most exciting hard rock and metal bands in the scene on this one. We are all huge fans of the Saw movies and are ready to knock this one out of the park!"

Artists' Addiction Soundtracks' Jonathan Platt says of the Saw VI Soundtrack: "We feel that we have put together a collection of songs that really mirrors the chaos onscreen. All of our acts are big fans of the Saw series and were excited to be a part of the soundtrack and I think that energy really comes across."

The Saw VI Soundtrack track listing is as follows: More...

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Kittie Song To Appear On "Saw VI" Soundtrack

Kittie has issued the following brief statement about their song "Cut Throat" appearing on the upcoming "Saw VI" movie soundtrack:

"Check it out boys and girls, the SAW VI soundtrack featuring a brand new Kittie song as well as many other wicked bands. Looks like it's gonna be a heavy one!!!"

Other bands to contribute to the soundtrack include Chimaira, Suicide Silence, Shadows Fall, Every Time I Die, Mushroomhead, Hatebreed, and Lacuna Coil.

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Double Dragon Confirmed As Slayer/Megadeth Support

Adelaide’s Double Dragon have been confirmed as the opening band on the upcoming Slayer/Megadeth Australian Tour in October.

The band will be appearing at all Australian dates. Vocalist Lee comments: “This is pretty much a dream come true for any metal head in a metal band, we thought we won the metal lottery last time SLAYER came through and we got to open in our home town, but to be offered the whole tour is just mind blowing, not only do we get to open for these two legendary acts, but we get too see them 5 times each! With a new album in the works, we really couldn’t be happier right now!”

Following the tour, the band will be hitting the studio to record the follup up to their debut album, "Devastator," released in Australia in 2008 through Truth Inc Records. Double Dragon will also be appearing at Australia’s premiere metal festival, "Against the Grain 5," and will be heading out on the road with Chimaira in January Australia wide.

Here are Double Dragon's opening slots on the SLAYER and MEGADETH 2009 NZ/Australian tour:

Monday 5th Oct @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland w/ Dawn of Azazel
Wednesday 7th Oct @ Riverstage, Brisbane w/ Double Dragon
Thursday 8th Oct @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney w/ Double Dragon
Friday 9th Oct @ Festival Hall, Melbourne w/ Double Dragon
Sunday 11th Oct @ Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide w/ Double Dragon
Tuesday 13th Oct @ Challenge Stadium, Perth w/ Double Dragon

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Hatebreed & Trivium Announce Two California Shows

Hatebreed and Trivium have teamed up for two shows in California in November:

Nov. 27 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Nov. 28 Los Angeles, CA - Palladium

Also on the bill are Cannibal Corpse, Chimaira, Unearth, Whitechapel, Born of Osiris, Hate Eternal and Dirge Within.

All bands will be on tour tour this fall. For a list of Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Unearth, Born of Osiris and Hate Eternal tour dates, visit this page. For Trivium, Whitechapel, Chimaira and Dirge Within tour dates, follow these links: first leg and second leg.

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Dawn of Azazel Announces New Shows in New Zealand

New Zealand metal band Dawn of Azazel has announced the following shows in New Zealand:

Oct 5 - Logan Campbell Center, Auckland With Slayer And Megadeth
Oct 30 - Transmission Room, Auckland With Suffocation, Winds of Plague, Human, Saving Grace, Akaname, Vixen Execution, Bloodletting, The Dauntless, Our Fallen, Anabyss, and Septicide
Jan 20 - The Studio, Auckland With Chimaira and Tainted More...

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Chimaira Postpones Russian Tour Dates

Chimaira has issued the following announcement about postponing their upcoming tour dates in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus:

"I know there are some rumors going around that we’ve canceled our Russian, Ukraine and Belarus dates. Part of that is true.

"There is a family related health issue that needs to be handled and requires an extra few days home in Cleveland. If this could have been avoided, it would have, but when it comes to health, there is no way to predict this. Please respect the fact that our private lives, especially concerning health, are nobodies business. This is not some vague excuse to not show up to work.
I know a lot of you will be upset that the shows will not happen next week, however, we have already rescheduled them for early next year! There is no way in hell we want to miss the opportunity to play for our fans in that part of the world. We have wanted to come over there for a long time and are extremely upset we can’t make it next week.

"A lot of bands will promise that they will make it up and never do; we are not one of those bands. Here are the new dates:

March 26, 2010 – St. Petersburg – Gavclub
March 27, 2010 – Moscow – XO
March 28, 2010 – Minsk – Rclub
March 29, 2010 – Kiev – TBA

"Please accept our deepest apology and HOLD ON TO YOUR TICKETS because they will be valid. For now, the rest of our European dates WILL NOT be affected. Once again, please accept our apology and we will see you early next year."

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Trivium & Whitechapel Announce 2nd Leg Tour Dates

Trivium and Whitechapel have announced the second leg of Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour with special guests Chimaira and Dirge Within.

Second leg tour dates are as follows:

Oct. 29 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Oct. 30 Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Oct. 31 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
Nov. 01 Norfolk, VA - Norva Theatre
Nov. 03 Albany, NY - Northern Lights
Nov. 06 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Nov. 07 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Nov. 08 Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Nov. 09 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Nov. 11 Quebec City, QC - Imperial
Nov. 12 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
Nov. 13 Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargo
Nov. 14 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Nov. 17 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov. 18 Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
Nov. 20 Saskatoon, SK - Odeon Events Centre
Nov. 21 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Center
Nov. 22 Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall
Nov. 24 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 25 Seattle, WA - Showbox
Nov. 30 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Dec. 01 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Dec. 02 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Dec. 03 Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
Dec. 04 St Louis, MO - Pop’s
Dec. 05 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Dec. 06 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Dec. 07 Houston, TX - House of Blues
Dec. 10 Tampa, FL – State Theater
Dec. 11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Dec. 12 Orlando, FL - Club Firestone

The bands will be embarking on the first leg of the tour starting next Friday, September 11th, in Long Island, NY. Here are the tour dates: More...

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The Decimation of the Nation Destroys Lafayette

In the heart of Cajun Country in Louisiana is a small town called Lafayette. The town is not only famous for being the place of my birth and raising, but occasionally, it has some kick-ass concerts (I guess in honor of me.) But anyway, the latest in the series of great shows was a visit from the Decimation of the Nation Tour featuring an amazing lineup of Toxic Holocaust, Dying Fetus, Winds of Plague, Chimaira and Hatebreed. Anyone lucky enough to be in the vicinity of this tour could not help but go to the local bar and witness their town being decimated with some of the best metal musicians of our day. More...

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Toxic Holocaust Announces Extensive Tour

Toxic Holocaust announced that in addition to their supporting tour with The Black Dahlia Murder they will be playing extensively through September and October with Dying Fetus, Winds of Plague, Bleeding Through, and Hatebreed. The latest Toxic Holocaust tour dates are as follows: More...

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Chimaira To Tour Australia In 2010

Chimaira is set to return to Australia in January, 2010 once again. This is Chimaira’s first headlining Australian tour, having supported their peers In Flames, Biohazard and Korn on their last two trips Down Under. Chimaira is expected to have specials guests support them each night, but no further details have been revealed at this time.

The Infection was released in April via Riot Entertainment and entered both the Aria & JB Hi Fi Charts.

Here are the "Infection" Australian tour dates:

Wed, January 13 - Capital Perth
Thurs, January 14 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide, Licensed All Ages
Fri, January 15 - Billboard The Venue, Melbourne, Over 18’s
Sat, January 16 - Billboard the Venue, Melbourne, Under 18s Afternoon Show
Sun, January 17 – The Hi- Fi, Brisbane
Mon, January 18 - The Metro, Sydney, Licensed All Ages
Wed, January 20 - The Transmission Room, Auckland NZ, Licensed All Ages

Tickets go on sale, Monday, August 17 for all dates

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Hatebreed Bassist Speaks On Upcoming Tour

Hatebreed bass player Chris Beattie has posted a message regarding the bands upcoming tour with Chimaira. The message reads as follows:

"The Hatebreed tour machine is back on the road this summer with our good friends in Chimaira to bring you the first leg of the Decimation Of The Nation Tour. You're not going to find anything heavier than this tour in 2009, unless we're on that too! Get there early and check out all the bands. There is enough mosh to go around! Bring your ass to the show and you will not be disappointed!"

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