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Since they're signed to a major label (and their last album was their most popular), it would not be very surprising if Chimaira had record sales on their minds when they wrote their fourth album. They could have easily made a few MTV ready hit singles on here, or they could have been lazy and made this C.D. (which is simply entitled "Chimaira") just a rehash of a past one.
Fortunately, this Cleveland metalcore sextet decided to take a pretty big risk; "Chimaira" is an "epic" album. Chimaira's last album, 2003's "The Impossibility of Reason," was only a small step forward from their sophomore outing, "Pass Out Existence.". But "Chimaira" is a big leap ahead of both of those albums. It is more inspired, catchier, and has overall much better songwriting.
Even though I don't entirely agree that it is "epic" (which is what the band described it as), this album is definitely mature and complex. It has a new, heavier sound (in some places, it sounds like a completely new band). Some of the album's innovation is due to the songs' length (every song is at least five minutes) and this is also the first Chimaira album to feature a guitar solo on every track. Plus, even though the solos aren't really anything special, the musicianship is also improved. Matt DeVries and Rob Arnold's guitar work borders on greatness; their riffs are bigger, more professional, and all around a lot better. Add some quick, deft drum work and the final result is a bludgeoning album which is mighty catchy and even more contagious.
Mark's vocals are the only drawback.Read more ›
This time, Chimaira's new album "Chimaira" is an album that really cannot be compared to other bands because, well, it doesn't sound like any other band. It is an album that is so unique that the sound can only be Chimaira's. "Chimaira" combines genres like thrash, metal, industrial, death metal, and metalcore into one CD, and the result is a beast of a record that is sure to give them even more attention they have been receiving.
As singer Mark Hunter has said about this record, it is not a "first-listen" record; it takes a few listens before you can fully grasp just what this album is about. This is not "The Impossibility Of Reason" Part Two, and I'm sure that that fact right there will probably turn off some Chimaira fans at first. It's really hard to praise this album upon first listen because there is just so much going on that you can't take in everything at once. At first, I'm sure some of the songs will sound the same. However, with each listen, and as you get more acquainted with all the songs, the CD get's progressively better.Read more ›
Chimaira are back and better then they ever were. I've always been a fan of Chimaira, even back to Pass Out of Existance/This Present Darkness. I have their DVD, which is awesome, and now i have their new self-title CD. These guys are raw, straight-forward metal, and i wouldnt want it any other way. I'll admit the only possible flaw might be Mark's lack of diversity with the singing compared to past CD's, but he's still amazing and has written much better lyrics for this CD, which i think evens it out. This CD is much more raw and brutal then any of their other stuff, so if you're into full blown ass ripping metal, this is your gem! I love all the songs, the stand out ones for me are Lazarus, Save Ourselves and Inside The Horror. In the end it's all about opinion, but i have the highest respect and admiration for Chimaira. Buy this album.
Nothing remains 10/10. First song heard off the disc, and still good
Save ourselves 10/10. 2nd best song on the cd and my personal follow up to Power Trip
Inside the Horror. 10/10 not even as unique as the rest, but still just makes the album better and better
Salvation. 11/10 Best track on the cd, best song of the year, GREATEST SONG EVER. I creamed myself big time when i first heard this!!! worth the price of the cd alone
Comatose. 10/10 love the "i.....i am inside" bit
Left for dead. 10/10 3rd best song on the cd..but GREATEST SONG INTRO EVER!! this is seriously like...the next smoke on the water as it comes to a world-known riff. Absolutly amazing. 3 sols in the song too
Everything you love. 10/10 yup...this song is EVERYTHING I LOVE about Chimaira
Bloodlust. 10/10 Outstanding song, amazing solo, killer chours...need i say more?
Pray for all. 10/10 most unique song outro ever!!
Lazarus. 10/10 longest track and was a personal fav for a while. Awesome closer
All in all, the entire album can be summed up in a few words
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Chimaira and tbeir self titled album to me is a masterpiece
Seems it was overlooked and never got recognitiion. Read more
Chimaira fan for over 12 years, seen live over a dozen times all over the north and southestern US. They're phenomenal everytime. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by phlacker
Chimaira's self titled third album is a monster, their heaviest and most progressive album to date, with a solid collection of classic material and a great production. Read morePublished on October 27, 2010 by Kingcrimsonprog
When I first heard this album, I thought it was garbage. The grating vocals seemed to ruin every song with monotony. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by Jcase187
The first time I heard this cd I almost totally dismissed it. However it was being heavily played on Sirius Hard Attack at the time and after a while I pulled it out, dusted it... Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Deerdoor