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Album Review

When they recorded their last album, Chimaira was a band that seemed up against the ropes, with most of its members either having left or being on the way out. Returning with a fresh new lineup, Mark Hunter (the band's only founding member) shows why these guys are one of the most resilient bands as they release their seventh album, Crown of Phantoms. If there's a feeling that courses throughout the record, it's one of reinvigoration, with Chimaira bouncing back from a rough couple of years with a rock-solid album of stomping metal. Though the band is named for the chimera of myth, they seem more like the hydra, always returning angrier no matter how many heads get cut off.

Customer Reviews

YES!!

Man, I'm gonna be honest, I was really worried about what direction they would move forward in after losing so much of their core. I was PLEASANTLY surprised to hear this. Sounds like it will be SUPER heavy, but still have those electronic and slightly melodic elements that made me a fan of theirs so long ago.

Better than the last couple of albums

Mark Hunter has breathed new life into a band that had run out of ideas.

Cheers!

Here's to Crown of Phantoms!! The new sound with the new band members is unbelievably awesome!!! No question and no doubt that Chimaira can keep themselves a solid title in metal community! Already listened to this album twice all the way through, definitely MUST GET THIS ALBUM!! CHEERS CHIMAIRA!!

Biography

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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