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Cleveland's premier heavy metal band since 1998. Chimaira is Mark Hunter (Vocals), Emil Werstler (Lead Guitar), Matt Szlachta (Guitar), Jeremy Creamer (Bass), Austin D'Amond (Drums), and Sean Z (Keys/Backing Vocals).
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  • Audio CD (August 16, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entertainment One Music
  • ASIN: B0058U80F4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To live in Cleveland, Ohio, more of a sunken hole than a driven notch in the Midwest rustbelt, is to not only encounter, but embrace the crippling winters, the broken jawed economy, and the expectations of defeat. None of this is lost on Chimaira. After twelve years of defining what Cleveland metal and brutal music should sound like, Chimaira advances their trademarked brand of heavy with their latest monster, The Age of Hell.
As with most Chimaira records (and everything Cleveland) the composition of the record was fraught with adversity. Longtime drummer Andols Herrick, bass player Jim Lamarca and electronic knob twister Chris Spicuzza had fallen away from the band. This left Chimaira s flagship member and singer Mark Hunter and guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt Devries with an album to record for their debut on eOne Music / Long Branch with no rhythm section or an effects specialist. The splintered Chimaira could have stared at the sun dissecting separate fires then converging into a singular sphere of blinding defeat. Most bands would have. But most bands aren t from Cleveland. The eponymous opening track summons the ferocity of a band hungry and disgusted. Mark Hunters guttural barks declare a twisted war while the guitars shift from ravenous chugging to soaring leads. Clockwork, a song that refuses to grow stale after countless plays provides a chorus that sees the band tastefully using layers of clean
vocals while not sacrificing Chimaira s severity, a theme throughout the album. Tracks like Losing My Mind and Time is Running Out lyrically reflect the tribulations of a group under the gun and both include the band s signature groove that is utterly crushing. But its songs like Trigger Finger, Born in Blood, and Scapegoat that will leave janitors mopping up blood from venue floors across the world. Throughout the record the sonic layers are far from trite ear candy, giving an oceanic depth to each track. Solos and leads by Arnold confirm his status as the next shredder to beat. Schigel on drums goes from syncopated to bar room brawler and back again with no regrets for the jaws he dropped along the way.

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Too bad too, they had some amazing songs.
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The album itself does what all Chimaira albums do by creating a different, yet distinctly Chimaira sound, ensuring each and every album is unique and fresh.
Rob
One would frequently hear people say things like they though Chimaira had broke up, or that they only made one good album anyway.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gentlegiantprog on August 16, 2011
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Chimaira have had a rough time; it seemed as though the world was at their feet in the wake of their zeitgeist grabbing second album The Impossibility Of Reason which was released in 2003, but after that album had passed the press never kept up the same level of interest in the band.

In 2009; Chimaira released possibly their strongest album to date, `The Infection,' and no one seemed to actually notice outside a circle of existing fans. One would frequently hear people say things like they though Chimaira had broke up, or that they only made one good album anyway.

This was quite unfair as Chimaira have been one of the most consistent bands in the entire genre; continually churning out extremely strong albums, constantly improving as musicians and songwriters and genuinely putting in huge amounts of effort live and in relations with their fans.

Now it is 2011 and the band have lost three members (Jim La Marca, Chris Spicuzza and Andols Herrick) but returned to the studio with long time collaborator Ben Schigel, who has both produced the album and performed as the drummer as well to create their sixth studio album, The Age Of Hell.

As always vocalist Mark Hunter and lead guitarist Rob Arnold form the core songwriting unit, so the album still retains the overall Chimaira sound. Rob's guitar style anchors the album; Mark's vocal range has always expanded slightly with each new record and The Age Of Hell adds a few new dimensions to the man's repertoire.

The songs are all a lot shorter and more direct than on previous Chimaira albums and mostly faster than on The Infection, which focused more on the band's groove side, you almost get the sense that the band seem to have made a concerted effort not to repeat The Infection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Ruiz on October 5, 2011
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this cd is awesome I was not expecting it to be as good as it is but it's just as good as thier last if not better
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bitter Old Man on August 25, 2011
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Somewhat pains me to say this....I am a longtime Chimaira fan...even have their chaos logo incorporated into my sleeve....but this album is incredibly average. It has it's moments...I guess I'm just let down that the single "Year of the Snake" is possibly the most solid song on here. Usually the single ain't the most standout song. Yes, the album mostly retains the signature sound with the creative center of Mark and Rob still doing nearly all the work. The main thing here is they have just flat out abused the whole layered clean vocal thing. They've done it here and there in the past successfully, but it's ALL OVER this album. And I also love Alice in Chains, but let's leave the crooning to them. When I want that, I'll listen to Alice in Chains. Are the songs good? Yes. It's just not the brutal Chimaira that we've come to know so well.
They've been on a slow decline ever since the "Impossibility of Reason" masterpiece. I give that album a 5/5, the next self titled album a 4.5/5, Resurrection a 4/5, The Infection 3.5/5 and this a 3/5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on November 13, 2012
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Cleveland thrash/groove metal bashers Chimaira lost four-sixths of their band before the recording of their sixth full-length studio album, 2011's "Age Of Hell." Indeed, longtime rhythm guitarist Matt Devries, bassist Jim LaMarca, drummer Andols Herrick, and keyboardist/electronics manager Chris Spicuzza, all left the fold at some point during the two-year period that passed since 2009's "The Infection."So how did Chimaira respond to losing so many members? Simply by replacing them. In addition to his usual post of lead-guitar, Rob Arnold also takes over on bass and rhythm guitar. And frontman Mark Hunter enlists the use of a small army of guest musicians to replace the other vacant spots in the band, including a new drummer, and a total of five guest keyboardists - Emil Werstler, Patrick Finegan, Lauren Dupont, Vincent DiFranco, and Kalam Mutallib (who also plays saxophone on the song "Clockwork"). In addition, there is one guest bassist (Tony Gammalo), and one vocalist (Phil Bozeman) who both play on only one song ("Beyond The Grave" and "Born In Blood," respectively). All in all, Chimaira emerge from the experience of losing more than half of their band in good shape. This is especially true when considering the fact that most groups probably would have just simply dissolved if they were in Chimaira's shoes.

The album opens with the blistering title track, which has a fiery pick slide in the intro before erupting into an onslaught of scorching thrash riffage, big, bullying grooves, deft blast beat drumming, and raging -- and, at times, almost Lamb Of God-esque -- vocals. Later on, the song adopts an unorthodox, but still quite ripping guitar solo, and an awesome chorus with instinctively memorable and extremely cool vocal patterns (including a shout of the title phrase).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chaosisthename on October 3, 2012
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Chimaira never cease to amaze me, and this album is no exception. Age of Hell is a mind blowing album that is practically an eargasm the whole way through. I would highly recommend this to any metal fan as it is just an amazing record. Mark Hunter is at his best in this and shows his dedication to greatness and growth!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D'Ann on October 16, 2011
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Nothing, it seems, can stop Chimaira. Not a bus wreck; not video shoots that literally go up in flames; not being dumped by their record label--twice (after stints on Roadrunner and Ferret, they're now on E1); not even losing half their lineup. Drummer Andols Herrick, who left the band in the middle of a tour in 2004 and returned two years later, split for good earlier this year. Around the sane time, bassist Jim Lamarca and keyboardist/sampler/backing vocalist Chris Spicuzza also walked. Left with just three members--vocalist Mark Hunter and guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries--no one would have blamed Chimaira if they decided to call it quits. Instead, they retreated to a studio in their hometown of Cleveland to lick their wounds, called on some talented friends, and turned out an album that, in spite of everything, still slays.

In some ways, "The Age Of Hell" harkens back to Chimaira's past. The band got artist Garett Zunt, who did the artwork for their early discs, to design this CD. The Age Of Hell was produced by Ben Schigel, who worked on past Chimaira albums like "The Infection" and their self-titled third disk (Schigel also plays drums on this record, and does an outstanding job.) Many of the standout tracks, like "Trigger Finger," "Year Of The Snake," "Born In Blood" and the title song have echoes of the nu-metal-meets-thrash sound that defined Chimaira's early work. But Chimaira also takes some big creative leaps on The Age Of Hell and manages to land on their feet, like the ambient touches on "Clockwork" (including a saxophone solo - yes, you read that right) and the Alice-In-Chains-esque clean vocals found on several tracks, particularly (dare I say it) the almost-radio-friendly songs "Time Is Running Out" and "Beyond The Grave.
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