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.
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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
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Label: Ferret Music
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
2007 finds former Roadrunner Records artist Chimaira armed with a new label, a toughened resolve and firm perspective as they offer their following a “Resurrection”. Now as a part of the Ferret Music family the band can get back to the business of auditory assault once again. As soon as the CD begins it finds the band slamming it down and feeling so in-synch with each other that the listener can feel it on almost every track. It opens with “Resurrection”, which is a powerful number and this will set the pace for that which is experienced on the rest of the album. Lead singer Mark Hunter speaks of the album as being the “most-together” that the band had ever been in their history and this would be an album about rebirth. You will find that Chimaira is still holding true to their Metalcore roots and there is a lot of the Groove Metal that they became widely known for present here as well. They also feel that this is their heaviest and most technical piece to date and I tend to agree with that statement from the moment that songs like “Six” begin to play. This number is an epic, and runs a full nine minutes in length – its not often the kind of track one finds a band like this delivering for once you surpass the five minute mark you are pushing the limits of personal punishment. This contribution to the release surely shows that one of Metalcore’s purest contributors have really grown in style over the years. They change things around with the elements found in “Black Heart”, one of the better tracks here which has an almost Middle Eastern guitar vibe intro that’s more suitable to bands like Melechesh. The production on the release is also quite strong which works when it is a band of this caliber and had the finesse of Jason Suecof (Trivium, God Forbid) while additional production came care of Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). Overall the album shows very clearly that the Metal fury is still beating strong in this band.
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