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Formed in 1998, the Cleveland, Ohio-based hardcore sextet Chimaira consists of singer/screamer Mark Hunter, guitarists Matt DeVries (who replaced Jason Hager in mid-2001) and Rob Arnold, bassist Jim LaMarca, drummer Andols Herrick, and electronic specialist Chris Spicuzza. The band's mixture of hardcore, metal, and electronics proved to be a big hit back home, as they sold 10,000 copies of their independently issued debut EP, This Present Darkness, leading to an appearance on the now-defunct USA Network TV show Farmclub. The band opened for the likes of Soulfly, Hatebreed, Spineshank, and Snapcase and was eventually signed to Roadrunner Records, issuing their 14-track debut full-length, Pass Out of Existence, in August 2001. The Impossibility of Reason followed on Roadrunner in May 2003, and Chimaira supported the effort with extensive touring, including dates with In Flames and appearances at Ozzfest 2003. After the release of the DVD collection The Dehumanization Process and addition of new drummer Kevin Talley (ex-Misery Index) in 2004, the band unleashed its third album, Chimaira, in 2005. Though a strong record, internal problems and ones with their label threatened to tear the band apart in the months following its release. They soldiered through it all, however, and by fall 2006 Chimaira had moved on from Roadrunner, inked a new deal over at Ferret, and began work on new material. Earlier that year, the band also welcomed back original drummer Andols Herrick. More of a team writing effort than their last album, the resulting Resurrection appeared in early March 2007 courtesy of a rejuvenated band, and Chimaira supported its release on the road with Killswitch Engage and Dragonforce. In 2009, the band released its fifth album, The Infection. The album did well, hitting number 30 on the Billboard chart, but the news was quickly dampened the following year when bassist Jim LaMarca announced he was retiring from the band to settle down and focus on his family. The band recruited Dååth's Emil Werstler, who had previously worked with the band as a touring guitarist, to fill LaMarca's shoes in 2011. There were more lineup changes that year with Spicuzza and Herrick leaving the band, with Sean Zatorsky and Austin D'Amond replacing them. Despite this whirlwind of changes, Chimaira managed to release their album Age of Hell in 2011. ~ Greg Prato
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  1.   Song
  2.   Nothing Remains
  3.   Pure Hatred
  4.   Save Ourselves
  5.   Cleansation
  6.   Resurrection
  7.   Pleasure in Pain
  8.   Left for Dead
  9.   Comatose
  10.   Severed
  11.   No Mercy
  12.   Frozen in Time
  13.   Clayden
  14.   Spineless
  15.   The Flame
  16.   Dead Inside
  17.   Love Soaked Death
  18.   Wrapped In Violence
  19.   All That's Left Is Blood
  20.   The Venom Inside
  21.   Bloodlust
  22.   Taste My...
  23.   Destroy and Dominate
  24.   No Reason to Live
  25.   Worthless
  26.   Indifferent to Suffering
  27.   Overlooked
  28.   The Dehumanizing Process
  29.   Down Again
  30.   Power Trip
  31.   Painting the White to Grey
  32.   Crown of Phantoms
  33.   Try to Survive
  34.   On Broken Glass
  35.   Impending Doom
  36.   Paralyzed
  37.   Killing the Beast
  38.   Threnody
  39.   The Impossibility of Reason
  40.   Implements of Destruction
  41.   Eyes of a Criminal
  42.   Stigmurder
  43.   Crawl
  44.   Pictures in the Gold Room
  45.   Split (Video)
  46.   This Present Darkness
  47.   Plastic Wonderland
  48.   I Despise
  49.   The Machine
  50.   Wild Thing
  51.   Needle
  52.   Six
  53.   Malignant
  54.   Pray for All
  55.   Everything You Love
  56.   Salvation
  57.   Inside the Horror
  58.   Forced Life
  59.   Rizzo
  60.   Abeo
  61.   Lumps
  62.   Let Go
  63.   Divination
  64.   Pass Out of Existence
  65.   Kings of the Shadow World
  66.   The Transmigration
  67.   Warpath
  68.   The Heart of It All
  69.   The Disappearing Sun
  70.   Secrets of the Dead
  71.   Empire
  72.   Black Heart
  73.   Lazarus
  74.   Army of Me
  75.   Options
  76.   Sphere
  77.   Stays The Same [B-side]
  78.   Disposable Heroes
  79.   End It All
  80.   Jade
  81.   Lend a Hand
  82.   Coming Alive

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