chimairaChimaira is an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, formed in 1998 by rhythm guitarist Jason Hager, and vocalist Mark Hunter. The pair recruited Jason Genaro on drums and Andrew Ermlick on bass to complete the line-up. The band is a notable band in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Their band name is derived from the name Chimera, a monstrous creature in Greek mythology.

Eventually, the band recorded its first EP, called This Present Darkness, which was released in 2000. Banking on the success of the EP, the band was signed by Roadrunner Records and quickly recorded its debut album Pass out of Existence in 2001. In late 2002, the band returned home to begin writing and recording its next full-length album, The Impossibility of Reason. By the first quarter of 2005, the band had finished most of its next release and hit the road once again. The self-titled album, the first (and only) one featuring Talley, was released in August 2005. Their fourth album Resurrection was released on March 6, 2007. Their recent album entitled “The Infection” was released worldwide on April 21, 2009 and debuted at number 30 on the Billboard 200.

Other Information

  • Origin: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Genres: Nu Metal (early), Heavy metal, Groove metal, Metalcore
  • Years active: 1998–present
  • Labels: East Coast Empire, Roadrunner, Ferret, Nuclear Blast
  • Website:
  • Members:
  1. Mark Hunter – vocals
  2. Matt DeVries – rhythm guitar
  3. Rob Arnold – lead guitar
  4. Jim LaMarca – bass
  5. Andols Herrick – drums
  6. Chris Spicuzza – keyboards, samples, backing vocals


  • ’99 Demo (1999) – Demo
  • This Present Darkness (2000) – EP
  • Pass out of Existence (2001)
  • The Impossibility of Reason (2003)
  • Chimaira (2005)
  • Resurrection (2007)
  • The Infection (2009)




~ by molco on August 6, 2009.

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