Q - 12/01, p.1293 stars out of 5
- "...Touching upon many of nu-metal's requisite bases....pushing themselves to remarkable extremes..."
CMJ - 10/1/01, p.13
"...Obnoxious, scrape-your-tongue-across-the-pavement metalcore..."
Chimaira: Mark Hunter (vocals); Jason Hager, Rob Arnold (guitar); Jim LaMarca (bass); Andols Herrick (drums); Chris Spicuzza (programming).
Recorded at Third Stone, North Hollywood, California.
The perfect band for Roadrunner Records, Chimaira takes nu-metal syncopation and ideology, balances it with hints of death metal's angst-overdose (vocalist Mark Hunter has a distinctively brutal screech), and punctuates it with a more-than-expected electronic influx to create a fairly unique sound. The experimentation doesn't take away from the heaviness or accessibility, however, as the Cleveland group takes Fear Factory's noise to another level of intensity. ~ Brian O'Neill