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

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