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Album Review

The Chimaira that recorded The Age of Hell was, in a very real sense, half a band. Drummer Andols Herrick, keyboardist Chris Spicuzza, and bassist Jim LaMarca left the Ohio metal band in the preceding months, leaving vocalist Mark Hunter to cover keyboards and guitarist Rob Arnold to take over bass duties while producer Ben Schigel deputized on drums. What's remarkable is how little an effect the stated departures had on the sound of the album. It's a very smooth and seamless transition from 2009's The Infection — so much so that it's not immediately obvious that anything has changed. Chimaira have a solid sound that mixes up the rigid groove metal formula of funky Pantera-influenced riffs, squealing solos, and blastbeats with subtle electronics and layered melodic vocals clearly influenced by Alice in Chains. The Age of Hell does little to break from that blueprint, but they do manage to be inventive within the framework, such as the Eastern-sounding melody of "Year of the Snake," which evokes the music of a snake charmer, or the slick crescendos that precede guitar solos on "Clockwork" and the title track. However, while there is plenty of good on the album, there is very little that is great: lead single "Trigger Finger" is pedestrian and "Born in Blood," which features guest vocals from Whitechapel's Phil Bozeman, is not nearly as explosive as the billing suggests. Nevertheless, for half a band, Chimaira come out of the experience in good shape with another solid but unspectacular album.

Customer Reviews


This is 9.99, the Deluxe Album is 7.99 and you get 2 additional songs. COMMON SENSE PEOPLE


First off, I am a fan of Chimaria. But this album is just plain BORING. No energy,no memorable riffs etc.. Seems like they just made this album cause the record company wanted them to. Hopefully thier next album will be better. C'mon guys!


They had a keyboardist? When? On which tracks?


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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