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Album Review

There was a period of time during the early 21st century when it seemed like the only up-and-coming metal bands were ones that fit under the "nu metal" umbrella. But thanks to bands like Chimaira, headbangers looking for some brutal, straight-ahead metal could find some much-needed refuge. On the fifth album overall by this Cleveland-based six-piece, 2009's The Infection, the group has united once more with producer Ben Schigel (who has worked with the band on its last few albums), and the result is exactly what you'd expect from the band — in other words, rubbery/detuned guitar riffs, properly placed vocal growls, relentless drumming, etc. Chimaira stick largely to the same sonic path that they've followed thus far but have focused their attack, especially on such selections as the album-opening "The Venom Inside," "Secrets of the Dead," and "Destroy and Dominate." Chimaira continue to scale the modern metal mountain, and they're reaching the upper region at a rapid and steady pace — as evidenced by such releases as The Infection.

Customer Reviews

AWSOME, this album is SICK

This is Album is sick, the riffs are deeper and heavier, the drum beats are intense, tops songs secrets of the dead, 5 stars the dissapearing sun that songs intense, this album is kick a*s and perfect for the year 2009. to me personally 2009 has been a pretty poor year for nu-metal/metalcore/deathcore bands such as linkinpark and trivium really changed there styles to a more suit everyone style. culture was changing,,,, emo culture took over,,, we need bands like this, and about time to might i add, thankyou chimaira, respect

Slightly disappointing.

The fifth outing for Chimaira, but those expecting Resurrection part 2 will be in for a shock. In comes a slower and more lumbering sound, despite some brief bursts of speed and the excellent vocals of Mark Hunter. A lack of solos from lead guitarist Rob Arnold will prove a let-down to many. Come on, Chimaira, you can do much better than this. As much as i love the previous 3 albums, this is a case of the band going through the motions.

Chimaira make a welcome return

Having been a Chimaira fan since day one, I always look forward to every new release from them as they never dissapoint. With "The Infection" Chimaira have taken elements from all of their back catalogue and produced another awesome album. From the epic intro of opener "The Venom Inside" the mood is then smashed into a million pieces as Mark Hunter unleases his ferocious roar, and the chainsaw like guitars and sledgehammer grooves erupt from the speakers. Those expecting the usual fast thrashy Chimaira sound maybe disapointed, as they have adopted a slower pace, which recalls the albums "This Present Darkness" and Pass Out Of Existence" There are moments of speed,but these are kept to a minimum. Mark Hunters vocals have also become even more brutal than ever before. There are not as many solo's as on previous release's, but there are moments where Rob Arnold pulls out some shredtastic solo's. In my opinion Chimaira are the most underated band in modern metal,and deserve much better.


Formed: 1998 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1998, the Cleveland, Ohio-based hardcore sextet Chimaira consists of singer/screamer Mark Hunter, guitarists Matt DeVries (who replaced Jason Hager in mid-2001) and Rob Arnold, bassist Jim LaMarca, drummer Andols Herrick, and electronic specialist Chris Spicuzza. The band's mixture of hardcore, metal, and electronics proved to be a big hit back home, as they sold 10,000 copies of their independently issued debut EP, This Present Darkness, leading to an appearance on the now-defunct USA...
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