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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

Chimaira does it again

Both Metallica and Chimaira have done something great for their current releases, they both did an awesome job of building excitement for their new albums. Chimaira did this by having the spread the infection website with unlock codes to see hear clips of songs. Plus nothing got really leaked out so it really built up to the release date. I got mine a few days ago from preorder and I have to say that it really kicks some a*s. Listening to it you will know its a Chimaira album but it does have something new and different about it. While being very heavy it also has alot more groove and melody to it too. Every song has a riff or chorus that sticks in your head. Think of the riff from The Flame from Resurrection and thats where it seems to go towards. My favorites are The Dissappearing Sun, Impending Doom which is just an awesome song and On Broken Glass.


this is another incredible album from chimaira. it might take a while to get used to because of the pace being a little bit lower but will still rip you to shreads. this album is definitely worth the money. chimaira is the best!

Um... Chimaira?

Like many other fans of the band, I could wait for the release of this album. I just knew that it would be just as good as or better as the last one or the self titled one, but... NO. Again, like a few reviewers who wrote before me, all of the songs are REALLY slow and they all sound the same. WHAT THE F**K. It seems like they've completely lost it, I couldn't even muster up a headbang while listening to any of these songs. I guess I kinda like On Broken Glass and The Heart of it All, but damn.... If you're just getting into the band, DO NOT get this. Check out Resurrection or their self titled album... Anything but this redundant record.


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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