|Self-proclaimed leaders of the "New wave of American heavy metal", Chimaira was formed in Cleveland in 1998, recording the indie "This Present Darkness" album in 2000 before earning a contract with Roadrunner Records for their next three releases. The band's style might be described as aggro, post-thrash metalcore, with one somewhat similar band (not a direct soundalike, but a comparable band) being Lamb Of God. With its old-school stylings and head-banging flair, it easy to understand why metal fans across the globe would be drawn to Chimaira's music. The band's sound is uniquely their own, yet it pays homage to those metal giants that came before them.
"Pass Out Of Existence" is Chimaira's foundation, but the band hardly rested on its laurels when it came time to make "The Impossibility Of Reason". "This is a more mature record," says singer Mark Hunter. "But at the same time, it's more in your face. Whether it's the heaviest, or the most melodic, tame song, it's full on."
Their latest self titled effort, "Chimaira" is a very heavy and it's done right, with thick, thrashy guitars, excellent double-bass drumming, a stellar production, and vocals.
It's Chimaira's metal vision that has won Slayer's Kerry King over to Chimaira's side. King has espoused the virtues of Chimaira in national magazines such as Guitar World. King is notorious for his criticisms of many "newer" metal bands, but he has championed Chimaira. Ultimately, there is no better endorsement for the NWOAHM movement than Kerry King.