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

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