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

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