Okay so please let me first beseech your forgiveness about getting this news online a few days after it started making the rounds. This was not an intended oversight but more based on my limited time at the Metal Command HQ while participating in and devoting my time at some other events during the evenings for the past several days. That said here is where we stand. A few days ago it was reported that every single member of the band Chimaira had quit the group with the exception of singer/founder Mark Hunter. Two days later, Hunter himself announced that the band would be dissolving and their official website now shows the following announcement directly from Hunter.
The Details: Chimaira is a Metal force for brutality and they will be delivering some intensity with their latest album “Crown Of Phantoms” at the Gramercy Theatre with the help of supporting acts Threat Signal, The Browning and Dark Sermon. Thanks to the fine folks at Livenation, some of the loyal PiercingMetal readers are going to get to enjoy this head banging night for free. Read below on how to participate.
Continue reading Win To See Chimaira In NYC On 8/21/2013
One of the things I love most about having the blog for the website is the ability to easily share these touring announcements and while this one came a couple of days ago, I had a stockpile of content lined up so here we are now with the latest from Chimaira. Dig in. I’ll return at the close.
The Press Release:
CHIMAIRA ANNOUNCE HEADLINING TOUR; “Crown Of Phantoms” Available July 30th! CHIMAIRA has announced the “CROWN OF PHANTOMS” tour surrounding their highly anticipated new LP of the same name. Dates will stretch coast to coast in the U.S. with support from THE BROWNING, THREAT SIGNAL and label-mates DARK SERMON.
The Tour Dates:
7/26/13: Springfield, VA @ Empire
7/27/13: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
7/28/13: Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/29/13: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
7/31/13: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
8/1/13: Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/2/13: Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
8/3/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
8/4/13: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
8/6/13: San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
8/7/13: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
8/8/13: Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
8/9/13: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
8/10/13: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
8/11/13: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/13/13: CO Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
8/14/13: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
8/15/13: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
8/16/13: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
8/17/13: Columbus, OH @ Frontier Ranch
8/18/13: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
8/20/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of The Living Arts
8/21/13: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
8/22/13: Boston, MA @ Middle East
8/23/13: Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
8/24/13: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
8/25/13: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Continue reading Chimaira Announces Headlining Tour
Hello again, and welcome back to the continuing “Best Of” 2009 lists. This is chapter two of my favorite albums for the year since I had so many. Don’t worry, I loved a lot of concerts, books and videos but those will have to get their own chapter as well. With this installment I have also featured those releases which were older albums that found a re-issue. I’ve never minded reviewing back catalog here on the website and as we head towards out fifth year in 2010 can only see that process continuing. Okay let’s take a look at the picks.
The Best Albums Of 2009 Continued:
Immortal “All Shall Fall” (Nuclear Blast Records): The Dark Gods of the frozen wastelands are back and shall take no prisoners. Welcome back gentleman, we’ve been waiting for this one for awhile.
Nile “Those Whom The Gods Detest” (Nuclear Blast Records): This angry little title only briefs you on the massive sound delivered by Nile on their latest. Could this be the bands magnum opus, one might think so after hearing it a couple of times. That’s good for the genre all around.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Night Castle” (Lava Records): It’s finally here and offers fans of the Symphonic Hard Rock orchestra a lot of cool treats. There are some covers and remakes on this one for the old Savatage crowd and a lot of new instrumentals and lyrical pieces that both amaze and inspire. Nice work.
The Smithereens “Tommy” (E1 Entertainment): Classic rockers re-do most of the amazing Rock Opera by The Who. Their renditions were solid and worthy of praise. Cool.
The Gathering “The West Pole” (Season Of Mist Records): Another band with some history and yet another new lead singer. Did it work out, well, yes it did indeed.
Chimaira “The Infection” (Ferret Music): Brutal, powerful and very, very heavy. This bands name breathes Metal and the music on this release is the proof in the pudding.
Them Crooked Vultures “Them Crooked Vultures” (Interscope Records): Another super group but this one features John Paul Jones…….JOHN PAUL JONES!!!!! Awesome stuffs.
Shadow’s Fall “Retribution” (Shadows Fall Records): Solid effort from these original leaders in the Nu-Metal field.
The Last Vegas “Whatever Gets You Off” (Eleven Seven Music): Really enjoyed the Trash/Sleaze Rock of these winners of the Guitar Player contest. I sense good and big things a coming for these boys.
White Wizzard “High Speed GTO” (Earache Records): Kicking it Old School never sounded so good.
Continue reading PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2009: The Music Part 2
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Chimaira, Whitechapel, Dirge Within
Label: Roadrunner Records
I was out in New Jersey at The Starland Ballroom which at that time I had only been to once or twice before and the gig I was attending was the second round of visiting by a “Ripper” Owens fronted Iced Earth. My friends and I got there nice and early because we wanted to see Beyond The Embrace but when we arrived we learned that the band had swapped the spot with another group and had just finished. The band now hitting the stage was called Trivium. I bring this little musing up because I had to say that they were impressive way back then and apparently had just signed on to Roadrunner Records at the time. Since then the band has released three albums on the label and grown both musically and technically while all along building a very strong support base from their fans. When you think about it they have come a long way in not that long a time. Tonight they would be continuing what they called the “Into The Mouth Of Hell We Tour” tour and they would be bringing along with them Chimaira, Whitechapel and Dirge Within. A sound bill for sure and one that I made sure to get inside early enough to catch all of the groups. Here is how the evening took place for those who might have missed it.
Continue reading Trivium @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (11/5/2009)