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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 (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ferret
  • ASIN: B001TT7UAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Venom Inside
2. Frozen In Time
3. Coming Alive
4. Secrets Of The Dead
5. The Disappearing Sun
6. Impending Doom
7. On Broken Glass
8. Destroy And Dominate
9. Try To Survive
10. The Heart Of It All

Editorial Reviews

With their groundbreaking blend of metal, hardcore and electronic elements, Chimaira made a splash with a self-released EP that sold nearly 10,000 copies. But it was "The Impossibility Of Reason" that blew the lid off, putting the band on the road with Slipknot, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, and Ozzfest. 2007 saw the release of their first album for Ferret Music, "Resurrection." Now comes "The Infection". Limited edition version includes a bonus audio track and a bonus DVD with making of, behind-the-scenes interviews, and more.

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite albums by Chimaira!!!
Herbie n evans
I was very impressed with resurrection but I thought impossibility of reason was a fairly weak sophomore effort.
Matthew Siebert
If you are a fan of Chimaira, do not hesitate, order this as soon as you can.
Gentlegiantprog

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Mattes on April 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Chimaira since The Impossibility of Reason was released and I've loved everything they've done since then... But here, we have The Infection: over half the songs on this album have painfully slow tempos, and they've dropped their tuning again ("Pass Out of Existence" low).

There are many aspects of The Infection that are similar to their previous releases, such as the musical part; it's often very predictable, such as in "Secrets of the Dead" the last bar after the first chorus, before the second verse, they return with the tuplet theme that is matched by the drums on the snare... Very Chimaira. Rob's solos on The Infection are very reminiscent of the solos on Resurrection, as well (which is not necessarily a bad thing!)

The only other negative comment I have about this album is that there are several very awkward tempo changes in various songs, for example at a couple points in "The Venom Inside," the tempo changes are almost jolting to listen to; it's like someone is shaking you and turning you in the opposite direction unexpectedly.

Negative comments aside, I absolutely love Rob Arnold's style of guitar-playing. He creates the feel for the entire band, and it's certainly present on The Infection. Mark Hunter has taken some new approaches to his vocals, mixing the low-end vocals with his normal high's, and he even takes a whispering-singing approach on "Impending Doom," which is very, very eerie. Andols Herrick has further proven himself as the master of the double bass, which seems to be his main focus, although on this album he does dip his toes a little more into blast beats and several other techniques that have been used scarcely in Chimaira's past.

Overall, this album is good- not great. It takes some conditioning to get used to it, but songs like "Coming Alive" and "On Broken Glass" definitely save The Infection being tossed aside.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Siebert on September 16, 2009
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This is my third Chimaira CD. My first one was resurrection and my second one was impossibility of reason. I was very impressed with resurrection but I thought impossibility of reason was a fairly weak sophomore effort.

Now for infection; I have to say, this is the first CD I bought in 2009 that I wasn't disappointed by. The first thing i noticed is that all the songs were alot slower and alot heavier from the other two CD's i listened to. After one play through I wasnt sure what to think, it caught me off guard. Upon subsequent playthroughs i started to really like the CD, its a refreshing new direction and style compared to previous CD's and its definitely heavy as can be.

Now all I have to do is listen to "pass out of existence" and "chimaira" which i look forward to with great anticipation and hope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gentlegiantprog on October 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Chimaira are certainly not a band to rest on their laurels. I got into Chimaira back when Nu Metal was still popular, back with `Pass Out of Existence,' which may be seen as almost embarrassing by modern standards, but Chimaira have since become one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and have proven time and again their artistic prowess while never sacrificing their core metal qualities.
After The band became the darlings of the metal community with `The Impossibility of Reason,' Chimaira have set out on a path to create the perfect metal album, with their very progressive and dense self titled album they proved they could be artistic as well as brutal and with `Ressurection,' the band mixed super slow numbers with break neck speeds to create a varied and interesting listening experience.
With `The Infection,' it almost seems like Chimaira are fearlessly taking the parts of their debut album that did work (Think `Severed,' and parts of `Sphere,' or `Painting the White to Grey,') mixing them with the slower moments from `Resurrection,' (Think `Killing the Beast,' and `The Flame,') and making the whole mix both fun and relevant to modern metal.
The whole album forges along at a mid tempo pace, sounding for the most part like the breakdowns from your average NWOAHM song turned into an entire song. The emphasis, for the entire album is firmly on `Groove.'
This is by no means a bad thing, as The Infection is one of the most intricate, fun and heavy releases modern metal has to offer. Chimaira fearlessly seek groove after groove without once resorting to killer speeds just for the sake of balance, a refreshing attitude by any band.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Thomas on May 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Was a little skeptical when they put up Secrets of theDead on their myspace. Liked it, but wasn't crazy about it. Was stuniily suprised to hear how bada$$ the rest of it is. It crushes in every aspect. Yeah like people said in prior reviews, less solos... So what! Rob Arnold has to prove nothing. He's 1 of the best up and coming guitarists out there, and his performance in "the heart of it all" alone makes up for the lack of solos. Less solo's but they made effective use of C. spicuza on synths and programs. He, with the guitarists gives the album the dark, errie feel. Ilove this album. As a whole it might be the best batch of songs they released as a whole. like others have mentioned, maybe slower easier songs but sometimes simpler is better... This cd grooves like a mother and slams like a 10 ton hammer so put on your knee braces before u listen or u may go cripple... Best songs- dissapearing sun/ try and survive/ the heart of it all
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