Chimaira Call It Quits

Following the departure of five members, Mark Hunter marks the end of the road.

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Following the departure of five band members over the past several days, Chimaira have officially called it quits after rocking the scene for over 15 years.

Guitarist Emil Werstler was the first to step out, and was quickly followed by every bandmate except for singer Mark Hunter.

Chimaira was already known for numerous lineup changes that left Hunter as the only original member, but this time around, Mark decided that it's the end of the road.

"After fifteen full blown a-- ripping years, it is with great honor to announce the end of Chimaira," the statement reads.

"Thanks to everyone that supported the group in any way shape or form. Everyone involved with the band from members to fans put their heart and soul into this project.

"We achieved a lot. We bled a lot. It f--king ruled."

Founded in 1998, Chimaira have released a total of seven studio records. The group's final album, "Crown of Phantoms," saw its release in July 2013 via E1 Music.

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    Chimaira played a big role in getting me into heavy music. As such, they hold a special place in my heart and I'm sad to see them go. Thank you Chimaira!
    Mr Winters
    I was going to see them live in two months, I was looking oh so ****ing forward to it because they are one of my all time favorite metal bands and I've wanted to see them live since forever. I thought they were doomed when Rob and the others quit, but then the new lineup managed to deliver a killer new album and I thought there was hope. This ****ing sucks.
    I was able to see them live twice. First time was Chimaira Christmas 14 in December, and then I seen them just less than a month ago, August 9, at Dirt Fest in Birch Run, MI. As far as Chimaira Christmas, it was a blast. Played a long set and it was amazing, one of the best live performances I've seen by far! However, in August when they played, they were very disappointing. I was looking forward to seeing them again, but a lot of the bands earlier in the day were rushed to set up and the mix didn't sound very good, plus the set list was pretty disappointing in my opinion, but they were only able to play 6 or 7 songs. But I will forever remember the first time I experienced them live because it ruled! I'm glad Mark decided to call it quits this time. I thought this most recent lineup was the most solid one yet, and I think Crown of Phantoms was quite possibly their best record. Too bad, but it honestly doesn't surprise me.
    First album wasn't great, but I really dug The Impossibility Of Reason. Riffs were heavy and catchy, and Andols is a monster on the drums. Seen them a few times live and they put on a killer show.
    Idk dude I went back and listened to Pass out of Existence recently and it's got some great ****ing songs on there. That opening track especially.
    Wow, sad news. Their self-titled album is still one of my favorite heavy metal albums of all time. They were also part of the first concert I ever went to see (the 2007 No Fear Tour, which included He is Legend, DragonForce, and KSE). A huge influence in me getting into heavy metal in general as well as the "New Wave of American Heavy Metal", which supposedly is a term they accidentally coined according to an interview on UG with Rob Arnold back in 2011. I believe tonight I will crack open a beer in their honor and give Chimaira and Resurrection a run through for old time's sake. Thanks for the fun, guys!
    Never really got into them
    Mr Winters
    Their 2003-2007 era is golden. Check those albums out, they're great.
    Pass Out of Existence had some really good songs too. Sp Lit was a groove.
    agree, the 2003-2007 records are awesome. i think the later ones are not though. it's probably right for them to quit.
    As I stated a bit lower, for me the lineup with Andols was their best. He just adds that little something and is probably the only reason the infection was any good.
    Check out songs like "Six" and "Resurrection". Those are the songs that got me into them
    Now Emil needs to get back with Eyal Levi, and make another Daath album like The Concealers. Daath was an okay album, but The Concealers is in my opinion one of the greatest metal albums written from it's first note to its last.
    Impossibility of Reason, Resurrection and The Infection were imho their best albums and lineup. I always thought Andols Herrick was their secret recipe, every album he worked on with them was pure gold, that guy is a genius.
    I know that some people loved Crown of Phantoms, but it was trash in terms of what I'd always known Chimaira for--making every single riff, every single moment, count. Instead, it was technically superior to any of their other releases, but it lacked direction, and most of riffs were standard bend and hammer-on and off fare, and each solo seemed completely arbitrary. I can't tell you that Emil isn't more technically skilled than Rob, but I can tell you that he can't write a solo like Rob. Crown of Phantoms also had Mark's worst lyrics, to date. While the album wasn't as bad as it could have been, it did not hold up to the standard Chimaira had set. This seemed inevitable, and makes me wonder just how difficult Mark Hunter is to work with.
    Mr Winters
    I liked Crown of Phantoms but I get what you're saying. Especially the solos, they were really uninteresting. But overall I liked that album and it had some pretty sick riffs, it's just that they felt more like Mark Hunter singing on a different band.
    They didn't really do anything good after The Infection. I loved their older work but it's about time they put Chimaira down
    Their DVD "Dehumanizing Process" was really well done but it was just a foreshadow of what was to come because they didn't agree on a lot and went through some drummer changes throughout the DVD. Good band but the album The Infection was not one of my favorites.
    The S/T was my favorite album. Everything You Love was just a badass track.
    Never was a big fan of the band though I do enjoy Emil's playing. I had the chance to go to what turned out to be their last show ever this past Sunday...oh well.
    First Shadows Fall and now this, WTF is going on?
    Shadows Fall??? Taking time off from Extensive touring is NOT calling it quits. Anyways, sad to see Chimaira call it quits, but they were declining with all the constant lineup changes. Better to go out still being fairly relevant than trying for years to get back to where you were before. More bands should probably take some notes
    Shadows Fall were trying to put it in as subtle of a manner as they could that they're done. Once you're in your late 30s/early 40s, have a family and need to support them- being on the road year round to just barely get by ain't worth it which is the situation with every member except the guitarist who's in Anthrax now. It sucks but unless you break and get that bus and rabid fanbase- then you're touring year round and you're living hand to mouth.
    That sucks. I thought their past album Crown of Phantoms was great. And this comes just days after Shadows Fall announces a hiatus! Ugh
    This sucks the big one! Chimaira was an amazing band...I dont understand why all of the members wanted to leave, I would have loved to have been in a band like that! Well hopefully Hunter will continue on doing something else down the road, his vocals are very unique and perfect for the style of music that they played
    I once saw an article about them back in 2000, along with some other scene bands of the time (fireball ministry and shit like that) Didn't knew they were still around, wasn't so impressed by their shit.
    i was never huge into chimaria even though they are a hometown band from my area. i saw them live numerous times and they always rocked the house. resurrection and the impossibility of reason were pretty good. i actually had an opportunity to jam with rob arnold at his studio here in town. a friend of mine has been jamming with him and invited me but i never went.
    Is every band from the New Wave of American Heavy Metal falling away now? First LoG goes on hiatus then Shadows Fall calls is quits and now Chimaira. Are Devildriver, Hatebreed, and KsE next?
    Dammit....I was really hoping they'd come play near me some much for that