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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 Reveals New DVD Details

Ohio based metal outfit Chimaira has announced that they will be releasing a new DVD/CD set entitled, "Coming Alive" on July 20th through Ferret Music. The DVD features a four part documentary which features footage of the band recording their latest studio album, "The Infection," as well as showing fans what life on the road is like. The DVD also contains the bands Chimaira Xmas concert, which was filmed in their hometown of Cleveland on December 30th 2009 as well as two bonus documentaries which look at the making of "Resurrection" and home movies. A bonus CD will also come with the DVD, which features the Xmas concert.

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Chimaira Announces U.K. Tour

Cleveland based heavy metal band Chimaira has announced that they will be heading back to the United Kingdom this autumn for a string of headlining shows. A message from the band reads:

"Well I hope that you UK fans are as excited to see us as we are you this coming October! Our last trip over with Trivium was absolutely fantastic, and we can't wait to do it again while holding the reigns. This time around we'll be playing a longer set with beefed up production, and we'll treat each show as our last as we close out The Infection touring cycle. Its been a crazy ride over the last year, and we're happy that our last stop will land with our loyal friends in the UK. Grab your tickets NOW, and don't forget to let everyone know that Chimaira is coming back to terrorize this October!! See you soon!"

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Shadows Fall To Play Three Shows With Chimaira

Shadows Fall has issued the following brief announcement about performing three upcoming tour dates alongside Chimaira: "Before we head out on this summers Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival we will be doing 3 dates with our good friends in Chimaira. Below are all the dates and details. Hope to see you in the pit."

The dates are as follows:

7/6 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
7/7 Chico CA Senator Theater
7/8 Reno NV Knitting Factory

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Chimaira Denied Entry To Russia, Cancels Tour

Chimaira has announced the cancellation of their Russian tour and issued the following update about it:

"Much to our despair, we’ve been denied entry into Russia to perform for our patient and metal starved fans. After having to postpone the original dates from October 2009, we’ve had plenty of time to prepare for this trip. Everything has been in place for weeks now…The gear has been ordered, the flights have been booked, and we’re HERE, on the European continent, ready to depart for St. Petersburg tomorrow morning. But to our absolute dismay and MASSIVE financial burden, the Russian Embassy has refused to issue us our visas. Nice timing right? And after our road manager spending three days at the Embassy searching for answers and resolution, we’ve basically been given the middle finger, and there’s nothing further we can do. Our biggest regret is for the fans who have been waiting months for this weekend to come, and we hope they can understand that we’ve exhausted every option to correct the situation. Please accept our deepest apologies, we’ll try to make it up to you all one day."

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Mayhem Festival 2010 Lineup and Tour Dates

The organizers of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival have announced another blockbuster lineup for the third edition of the travelling hard rock and metal event, including co-headlining performances from shock rock rocker Rob Zombie and nu-metal pioneers Korn. Also on the bill will be Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Five Finger Death Punch, Chimaira, Winds Of Plague, Shadows Fall, Atreyu, Norma Jean, In This Moment and 3 Inches Of Blood.

The latest tour dates are as follows:

Sat Jul 10 San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
Sun Jul 11 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Tue Jul 13 White River Amphitheater – Southeast Auburn, WA
Fri Jul 16 Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Sat Jul 17 Journal Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
Sun Jul 18 Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre – Englewood, CO
Tue Jul 20 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO
Wed Jul 21 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Fri Jul 23 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Sat Jul 24 The Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
Sun Jul 25 Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC
Tue Jul 27 Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Wed Jul 28 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Fri Jul 30 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Sat Jul 31 Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
Sun Aug 01 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
Wed Aug 04 Virginia Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
Fri Aug 06 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
Sat Aug 07 Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake – Pittsburgh, PA
Sun Aug 08 Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge – Bristow, VA
Tue Aug 10 Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Wed Aug 11 Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL
Fri Aug 13 Superpages.com Center – Dallas, TX
Sat Aug 14 Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK

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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"
04. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Walk"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
06. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "A New Level"
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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