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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.   Left for Dead
  8.   Pleasure in Pain
  9.   Comatose
  10.   Severed
  11.   Secrets of the Dead
  12.   Coming Alive
  13.   The Venom Inside
  14.   Frozen in Time
  15.   The Dehumanizing Process
  16.   Threnody
  17.   Disposable Heroes
  18.   Warpath
  19.   Six
  20.   Down Again
  21.   All That's Left Is Blood
  22.   The Disappearing Sun
  23.   Malignant
  24.   Clayden
  25.   Lazarus
  26.   Implements of Destruction
  27.   Stigmurder
  28.   Let Go
  29.   The Machine
  30.   On Broken Glass
  31.   Destroy and Dominate
  32.   The Flame
  33.   Worthless
  34.   Bloodlust
  35.   Everything You Love
  36.   Salvation
  37.   Inside the Horror
  38.   Indifferent to Suffering
  39.   Army of Me
  40.   Crawl
  41.   Options
  42.   Taste My...
  43.   Split (Video)
  44.   Painting the White to Grey
  45.   Love Soaked Death
  46.   Spineless
  47.   Crown of Phantoms
  48.   Plastic Wonderland
  49.   No Mercy
  50.   Stays The Same [B-side]
  51.   Impending Doom
  52.   Paralyzed
  53.   Needle
  54.   End It All
  55.   No Reason to Live
  56.   Pray for All
  57.   The Impossibility of Reason
  58.   Eyes of a Criminal
  59.   Rizzo
  60.   Pass Out of Existence
  61.   Sphere
  62.   Wrapped In Violence
  63.   The Transmigration
  64.   Wild Thing
  65.   Try to Survive
  66.   The Heart of It All
  67.   Empire
  68.   Black Heart
  69.   Overlooked
  70.   Power Trip
  71.   Pictures in the Gold Room
  72.   Dead Inside
  73.   This Present Darkness
  74.   Kings of the Shadow World
  75.   I Despise
  76.   Killing the Beast
  77.   Jade
  78.   Forced Life
  79.   Abeo
  80.   Lumps
  81.   Divination
  82.   Lend a Hand

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