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    1Painting The White To Grey lyrics
    2Satan's Wizard lyrics
    3Needle lyrics
    4Forced Life (Demo) lyrics
    5Secrets Of The Dead lyrics
    6Forced Life lyrics
    7Empty lyrics
    8Killing The Beast lyrics
    9Pass Out of Existence lyrics
    10Bloodlust lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1This Present Darkness [2000]
    2Pass Out of Existence [2001]
    3Chimaira [Limited Edition] [2005]
    4The Infection [2009]
    5Crown Of Phantoms
    6This Present Darkness [Re-Release] [2004]
    7The Impossibility Of Reason [Limited Edition] [2004]
    8Resurrection [2007]
    9Age Of Hell [2011]


    Mark Hunter - Vocals
    Matt DeVries - Guitars
    Rob Arnold - Guitars
    James "Jim" Samuel LaMarca- Bass
    Andols "Andy" Herrick- Drums
    Chris Spicuzza - Electronics

    If there is one band that possesses the essential elements necessary to break big in the heavy metal scene, it's Cleveland's Chimaira. With its blood-boiling new album The Impossibility Of Reason, Chimaira is postured to set a new standard: The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal.

    As any metal historian/critic/fan is well aware of, the 80s saw the invasion of British metal acts, Iron Maiden and Venom among them, deemed the "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal" or "NWOBHM." Chimaira will be leading the charge of NWOAHM on domestic shores with The Impossibility Of Reason, an album that is 100% trend free. Armed with an unflappable work ethic, and an album so kinetic and fevered that it blows away all past efforts, Chimaira has metal in its DNA.

    Chimaira, which takes its unique name from a mythological beast comprised of several disparate animals, has established a solid, dedicated, and vast fan base with 1999's This Present Darkness (East Coast Empire) and 2001's Roadrunner Records' debut, Pass Out Of Existence. A touring machine, Chimaira has hit the road with Slayer, Fear Factory, Machine Head, and Danzig. In addition to these great support slots, the band has also struck out on its own headlining tours, where the six-piece possessed the blue-collar wherewithal to support itself.

    Pass Out Of Existence is Chimaira's foundation, but the band hardly rested on its laurels when it came time to make The Impossibility Of Reason "This is a more mature record," says singer Mark Hunter. "But at the same time, it's more in your face. Whether it's the heaviest, or the most melodic, tame song, it's full on." Chimaira fans are going to get what they are looking for and then some with The Impossibility Of Reason. "It's everything our fans love, but with something else," offers Hunter. Whereas other bands balk at and fear change, Chimaira embraced it, on several levels, for The Impossibility Of Reason. "Look at some of the most notorious metal bands out there," says Hunter. "You can't put on any of their records without noticing a change from record to record. That is what we strive to do. We feel we've shown a lot of growth and musicianship." Lead guitarist Rob Arnold concurs, "We all had a certain motivation about the music we wanted to create. The fury. The speed. The aggression. We learned a lot from being the road."

    Sonically, Chimaira focused on crafting an album that ignores current metal trends such as rapping, guest appearances, and scoffs at any traces of "nu" metal. "The Impossibility Of Reason is less futuristic than the last record. The programming is more subsonic, and it's more of a dark synth style," Hunter explains. "The low sub tones make you feel you like you are inside the record. It's the darkest thing we have ever done. We changed tunings. We tuned to C, the darkest key." Further beefing up the new, improved Chimaira sound is the new voices Hunter used. On tour, he was able to hone his voice, and when recording The Impossibility Of Reason, he found voices he had never used before or even knew he had.

    Lyrically, while The Impossibility Of Reason is not a concept album, Hunter traces three prevalent themes: rejection, revenge, and repercussion. "Lyrically, we always try to have songs that our fans can relate to. Everyone has been rejected. Everyone has gotten revenge in some form or another. We know a lot of these lyrics will strike a nerve, especially with what is going on in today's society," admits Hunter. The Impossibility Of Reason is sonically a dark album, but Chimaira chose to represent the album's artwork in white tones. Since metal is often associated with black, Chimaira bucked the trend and drenched the artwork in blinding, stark, Kubrick-esque style tones, in an effort to let the music scream for itself.

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