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The months following the release of the band's self-titled third album, despite the record's blistering and undeniably killer content, were a dark time. Band members threatened to leave. There were face-to-face arguments. Problems stacked up with their record label. In Cleveland, it seemed like the sky was falling.
"We had a wall in front of us. The question became: 'Are we going to just stare at it, or get over it?'" recalls Chimaira singer Mark Hunter. "We kicked ourselves in the ass. And now, we have life again."
The sound of that life is nothing less than a sledgehammer to the face.
An album cooked up in the rehearsal room with no pretenses beyond "making the heaviest music possible," like when the band began back in 1998. From the anthemic momentum of the title track to the epic experimentation of "Six" through the album's fist-pumping, breakneck-speed closing track, "Empire," Resurrection - Chimaira's first album for Ferret Music - is the sound of a band reborn.
"When we began writing we said, 'Let's just have fun writing this record. Let's not over-analyze anything,'" Hunter explains. "It felt like it did when we first started. After getting everyone in a circle, telling each other to fuck off, and getting all the demons out, we're all the best of friends again."
Resurrection is an electric charge through the world of metal and hard rock. Had the band decided to call it quits, they would have left behind a legacy their friends and peers could scarcely duplicate.
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. Their debut album, Pass out of Existence, followed in 2001. But The Impossibility of Reason blew the lid off, putting the band on the road with Slipknot, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Ozzfest. And then 2005's Chimaira raised the bar again.
But it was a hard record to make. "We were overly-analytical. We were studying how each person was picking a part!" Hunter laughs, looking back. "I'm proud of that record, but it sucked the life out of us."
This time around everything changed. For starters, guitarist Rob Arnold wrote nearly all of the last album by himself. Resurrection was a group effort. "We rejoined as a band, instead of a one-man show. Rob had a 'hot' hand on the last album, that was cool. But this time, everyone seemed to have a hot hand. The album is more of a roller coaster. It's a good mixture of our last two records, but it's all on steroids."
The biggest evidence of the newfound teamwork comes in the form of "Six," a song that began as a strange experiment. Guitarist Matt DeVries came up with three minutes of riffs on his own while Arnold and Hunter did the same. Next the entire band hit the practice room and mashed it all up.
"We took each other's riffs and built one of my favorite songs we've ever written in a matter of a few hours," Hunter exclaims. "It's so fun to listen to because it's so all-over-the-place. It really shows all of the sides of this band. Especially the stuff [drummer] Andols [Herrick] came up with. People will have aneurysms trying to figure out the time signatures at the end!"
Another big change is in the outro. Chimaira is known for having long, slow, nearly all-instrumental album closers. Resurrection goes out with a bang. "'Empire' is borderline black metal in parts," Mark laughs. "We really challenged ourselves on that one. We wanted to make something atypical of us."
Unsurprisingly it's the album's title track that best sums up the reborn Chimaira. "It's a document of the last five years. We're saying 'fuck all the bad times' and that we're in a much better place now," says Hunter. "That song kind of sets up the theme of the entire record, really."
Crushingly positive self-image? Check. Strength through perseverance? Yep. Album of their career? Duh. So, with their insides all stitched back together and ready for war, where does Chimaira see themselves within the greater heavy metal landscape?
"We're the kids that aren't allowed to play on the playground. We've always set out to do our own thing. The fact that we push ourselves and make different kinds of records all the time and still stay true to who we were when we started, I think that's why our fans are so loyal."
And so it is that Chimaira enters 2007 with a clean slate and a work of art that's more of an arsenal than album, full of their hardest hitting bombshells. The ceiling is gone. There are no lofty expectations, which ironically, further ensures that the sky is the limit. "I just want to go out and have fun with it and see the reaction for ourselves. We're humbled now. Compared to maybe where we were two albums ago," Hunter laughs. "The fact that I don't have to deliver pizzas on the side, that's great. We just want to go out, see what this album can do, and be surprised."
Top Customer Reviews
The opening title song "Resurrection" is a very fast heavy song with great killer headbanging riffs, a careening solo from Rob, and some pummeling yet forceful double bass kicks especially during the chorus. This is no doubt my favorite song on the album. Antother one of my favorites track three "Worthless" is another fast blistering track which included a great catchy chorus in which Mark growls in as well as some fast pounding drumwork, cascading riffs, and a killer solo.Read more ›
albums show progress more from the last. That is why i am never disappointed,they always amaze me they always keep it heavy and fresh. I got the special edition of Ressurrection with the bonus dvd,which is 1 hour making of the album as well as discussing why they switched labels & went with Ferret/Nuclear Blast. Mostly in part because their self titled album was excellent but got marketed poorly & Chimaira were being treated unfair,so they came to Nuclear with a whole new set of songs filled with rage. This is 1 of their best,heaviest & most cohesive albums to date. Every song is amazing & the guitars & samples shine here,just listen to Six & Black Heart,No Reason to Live,Worthless & Empire. They all are killer. But if u have their Coming Alive 2dvd/1cd album it comes with the Ressurrection documentary on disc 2 where the concert is located,so if u have the original album but want the making of go get Coming Alive,it is loaded with about 6 hours of bonus stuff as well as the full length concert & the concert on cd. Buy it !
I give the cd a 4/5
and the dvd 5/5 so i just made it 5 stars.
The album starts off full blast with the title track "Resurrection," the pounding "Pleasure in Pain," followed by the crushing assault, "Worthless." Early Metallica comes to mind when they get more experimental with the 9 minute epic "Six." The solos are very memorable and its definitely much slower than their old work, well worth listening to . Then things get more intense with the thrash-like "No Reason To Live."
The second half of the album tends to slow down more, but picks up toward the end. The slowest song "Killing The Beast," is personally my least favorite song, I typically skip it, but listen to it once in a while. Mark Hunter experiments more vocally on this song, it works but not to the extent you'd expect from Chimaira (no "Salvation"-like screams here). Then the slightly faster "The Frame" ensues. Its a great metal song, but not up to Chimaira's standards. The last part of the song sounds similar to how "Inside The Horror" ends. Then things really pick up with "End It All." Andols Herrick's hammering drums are at full throttle throughout the song, especially during the chorus. It's then followed by the heavy "Black Heart," and the mind blowing "Needle." Herrick's drums on "Needle" alone should put Chimaira up for a Best Metal Performance Award. Then lastly, we get to "Empire." The orchestra work really gives it a dark, atmospheric sound.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chimaira may have gotten pretty popular for a while when this album came out, which will always lead elitist snobs to dismiss them or any popular band as mere teenage music to be... Read morePublished on October 27, 2010 by Kingcrimsonprog
I have a hard time believing this album has so many bad reviews when it is easily Chimaira's best. Is it to thrashy and heavy for all the teenage headbangers; to groovy, with too... Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I had been looking for some NEW music - something with 'bite' - something ORIGINAL (all I hear now is rip-off artists and crap) - and I found it in Chimaira. Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by Robert Hughes
Every time I listen to a new album from Chimaira, I always ask myself in what direction can they take their music now? Read morePublished on August 13, 2008 by H. Mahmood
I lost interest in Chimaira just after "The Impossibility of Reason" came out. Not because I didn't like the album but more so because my taste in music was changing. Read morePublished on August 6, 2008 by Derek Jones
In this CD you can tell Chimaira is done experimenting. They have found what is most fun for them to play, and what they sound best doing, and that was Resurrection is all about. Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by S. Baxter
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