NewsAugust 17, 2012 11:30 AM ET4,248 views

Chimaira issues band statement

Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter has issued a statement addressing the band's current state:
The last few years have been bizarre, to say the least. Chimaira went through an insane amount of changes that would have killed 99% of the bands out there, and all things considered, probably should have killed us, too. Since 2009, we've switched labels, management companies, booking agents, merchandisers, and unfortunately, band members. Like many bands, we were tested in order to survive an ever-changing industry. There were various suggestions implemented to try and improve our situation; some methods worked, some not so much. Regardless, we all had different ideas and life goals that ultimately led to where we are today. For over a year, we've been working incessantly to assemble a solid team that would represent Chimaira moving forward, all the while rebuilding the entire infrastructure. With the music industry being in a transitional period, it was imperative to align ourselves with the right people. Thankfully, a new balance has been found and goals have been met. Though the past few years have been difficult (with actual blood, sweat, and tears), today I'm excited to announce that the machine is running stronger than ever. I want to thank all of our dedicated fans for understanding that every change made was to keep Chimaira alive. A harrowing journey, the humility that accompanied each step of the path is a blessing, and your loyalty speaks volumes that will not go unrecognized. I fully understand the vastness that is the flip side of the coin and empathize with the fact there are a few upset fans disappointed in the changes that happened. The question (or scoff) I encounter regarding the lineup change is why I decided to keep the name Chimaira despite losing key members. It's quite understandable as I'm the first person this riotous situation perplexed. It's unchallenging to say that after the guys split that my commitment to move forward with the name was for ego, or I'm holding on too long, call me Axl Rose, etc… while all of that is somewhat accurate (and innocuous), I hope you get the logical explanation as well, and discern the passion behind the motivation. First, it's not as straightforward as changing a band name. When I learned of Matt and Rob's decision to leave the group, there were five months of announced tours on the agenda, there were contracts with my name on it – and there are still contracts with my name on it. Record labels had invested over six figures into The Age Of Hell, which at the time had not been released. Closing out in the middle of a cycle is a complex scenario. Family members, crew, and beyond needed the wheels to spin in order to pay bills. Like many decisions, this was an intricate conundrum and needed to be respected with careful thought. I couldn't walk away from that type of responsibility, nor was I about to disappoint our fans any further. After securing the new lineup, I had no idea how the tours or the future would work out. There was no crystal ball to establish a fan reaction toward the new look and feel. What would the chemistry be like on the bus? There was a healthy amount of pressure on all of us and it was imperative to stay focused. After spending a few months with Emil, Austin, Jeremy, Matt, and recent winner of the best beard in metal, Sean Z., our mission became clear, and everyone involved realized Chimaira was more relevant than previously imagined. Numbers went up across the board and are continuing to do so. The audience seemed genuinely stoked and accepting, and we felt tight as a unit. One awesome aspect of the tour was meeting skeptical fans that walked in thinking the night would suck; then watching those same fans leave with a feeling that it might have been the best show they'd seen. The most fulfilling feeling was the sound of the name Chimaira chanted. The band was named, and is still named "Chimaira" to represent a hybrid style of heavy metal. The Chimera is a mythological creature comprised of several different animals forming into one unique monster. In modern terms, it can be defined as follows: " Biology: an organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation: the sleeplike goat chimera. A DNA molecule with sequences derived from two or more different organisms, formed by laboratory manipulation. " That sounds like us. I hope that puts an end to some of the confusion. Will the new music sound like the old albums? None of our albums sound the same, but there are always familiarities. The five new Chimaira songs I'm listening to sound like the band you love without question. Old school fans can be excited about the fact that we brought back the seven strings on a couple jams, and the thrash era can be excited for some of the most technical riffing yet. Like the ethereal, electronic, heavy as fuck, stoner sludge of the last two? It's there. We have every intention of preserving the quality you expect from this band, while at the same time raising the bar to unreachable heights. It's a powerful time. Thanks again to everyone that continues to stick by our side through thick and thin. Now that everything is worked out behind the scenes and the business fun again, it's time to go back and concentrate on what's integral. The music. We plan to make an incredible album. The Age Of Hell is over.


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rick____tocchet 8/17/2012 8:40:01 AM


anonymous 8/17/2012 8:40:31 AM

Who Gives a fck? This guy wrote way too much for a band that no one gives a fck about. "actual blood sweat and tears", this guy is a fcking pssy.

anonymous 8/17/2012 8:42:12 AM

tldr, no one gives a shit

Stupid_News_Poster 8/17/2012 9:25:05 AM

Wayyyy TL-DR. No one gives a flying fck about this band. You haven't released a good album in 10 years and NO ONE says "Oh fck, Chimaira is playing." It's more like "Oh fck, Chimaria is playing :( ."

anonymous 8/17/2012 9:44:33 AM

Wow, he is delusional. Oh, and a major douchebag, which is a huge reason for all of those changes. He should just accept live as a cashier at Walmart and move in.

LoydChristmas 8/17/2012 10:57:59 AM

"Record labels had invested over six figures into The Age Of Hell" lost all sympathy for your plight once I read that part. you fcking retards can't be spending that much on making a damn metal album in 2012, its just stupid. that right there is your problem.

anonymous 8/17/2012 11:02:08 AM

Took me like 5 minutes to read the whole statement, a statement about absolutely nothing. In a nutshell: "Despite some recent changes, we are still a band and we are still called Chimaira". Is this really news?

f28r06a42n12k 8/17/2012 11:53:53 AM

"vastness that is the flip side of the coin" all my eyes wanted to see was vanflip vanflip vanflip

jon 8/17/2012 4:22:54 PM

The signs for "calling it a day" are miles away from this peckerhead. fcking christ.

anonymous 8/17/2012 6:43:04 PM

eastcoast empire used to be stoked

anonymous 8/18/2012 8:21:25 PM

fck Chimaira, invest 6 figures into Ringworm

anonymous 8/19/2012 3:32:43 AM

^ That would be a colossal waste of money

anonymous 8/19/2012 8:34:51 AM

"none of our albums sounds the same" most delusional statement every Chimaira album is the album prior run through a thesaurus.

anonymous 8/19/2012 1:51:24 PM

That would be a colossal waste of money ^^ Good.

anonymous 8/19/2012 1:55:05 PM

HAhahha you lambgoat accountant conservative wannabe's are hilarious. You don't know shit about record company $$$$$$$$$$. The more money the band blows on booze and drugs, the better the record will be.

RickRock 8/20/2012 9:26:33 AM

"I read and enjoyed the entire news post." - No one.

anonymous 8/20/2012 3:13:07 PM

That would be a colossal waste of money ^^ kind of like your failed lamb goat record label? Yeah, we know it's you.

anonymous 8/23/2012 12:19:54 PM

Seriously, best comments I've read in a while. Hahaha holy shit. Also, yeah.. haven't given a shit about this band since I was about 17.

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