UPDATE: According to Chimaira's Facebook page, the band called it quits today. This follows the departure of five members.

And history repeats itself. You might remember that back in 2011, everyone left Chimaira except for founding member and vocalist Mark Hunter. Well, it happened again. The mass exodus happened after the band's most recent U.S. tour. First, it was guitarist Emil Werstler who left Chimaira. The rest of the band's lineup have now quit as well. That includes guitarist Matt Szlachta, keyboardist/vocalist Sean Zatorsky, bassist Jeremy Creamer and drummer Austin D'Amond.

Werstler said of his departure: "My time in Chimaira has, unfortunately, come to an end. It is time for me to move on as I continue to focus on harvesting my abilities as a musician. I'm very fond of everyone in the band and wish them all the best in the future. Although this was a difficult choice to make, I feel it was necessary in order to take the next step in my career. The best is still yet to come and I'm very excited for the multiple projects I am working on. I would like to thank the band, management, and, most importantly, all the fans for the endless support and understanding."

The collective statement from Szlachta, Zatorsky, Creamer and D'Amond: "In light of recent news, the rest of the band have decided to part ways with Chimaira. For us this was a great stepping stone, and an honor to play these songs live, and fulfill an incredible legacy. This was an excellent platform to help continue playing music, when our collective bands either ended or went on a hiatus. Chimaira was an amazing experience and we look forward to future music endeavors with eachother."

Guitarist Matt Szlachta also posted on his Facebook page: "I wanna thank all the fans, friends, promoters, peers and endorsers for the support & great times, means the world! I plan to continue teaching, playing, recording, touring and keep music my life. Sorry for the bad news, that's the music biz for ya go forth and thrash \m/"

What will Mark Hunter do now? Chimaira has an European tour set for October and Hunter hasn't yet released any statement regarding the future of the band.

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Chimaira
Posted: 04.09.2014 by BloodTears


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BloodJuNkie - 04.09.2014 at 12:30  
Cynic Metalhead - 04.09.2014 at 12:58  
I remember Mark saying(in 2011) something about the negativity bring by bandmates in Chimaira and eventually they left. Now, this is happening for the second time. Sure as hell there is something wrong with Mark Hunter.

Having said that, LOL[2].
Swordbearer - 04.09.2014 at 13:09  
Maybe they'll continue with Daath *crosses fingers*
Daniell - 04.09.2014 at 13:53  
He most probably pays them too little, so they keep quitting.
Rupert - 04.09.2014 at 15:33  
Or he's a huge asshole.
Sword_Chant - 04.09.2014 at 15:33  
I loved their first 4 albums but after The Infection I totally lost interest in Chimaira's sound. It's not too surprising they split, though it's pretty sad as it's one of the first metal bands I ever listened to. But the split was inevitable at one point or another. I can see the same thing happening to Shadows Fall...
Hex_Omega - 04.09.2014 at 15:59  
My first read was 'Everyone Expect Mark Hunter To Leave The Band'
D.T. Metal - 04.09.2014 at 19:44  
Update: they just called it quits
Cynic Metalhead - 04.09.2014 at 20:46  
SlaytanicBacon - 04.09.2014 at 20:48  
Can't say I did not see this coming, though Chimaira lost their spark during the last split imo. This one killed them.
psykometal - 04.09.2014 at 21:02  
I'm glad Mark is finally calling it quits, "their" last good release was Resurrection...
Sword_Chant - 04.09.2014 at 21:22  
I am absolutely gutted definitely the end of an era. But thanks for all the music you brought us Chimaira!
Lord_Agony - 05.09.2014 at 01:01  
Kurty Wurty - 05.09.2014 at 01:25  
Troy Killjoy - 05.09.2014 at 04:11  
Chimaira, the Brett Favre of metal.

(Aside from the whole Hall of Fame career thing.)
MikeVonDoom - 05.09.2014 at 15:34  
Well, that was expected and I can't stop from feel a bit sad with the end of the band...
Machiavelli - 05.09.2014 at 21:06  
After seeing Chimaira live this past summer I understand the issue. Mark Hunter can't sing live. He doesn't have any power. Sean Z on keyboards is 100x the lead vocalist that Hunter is. He put out some good studio tracks and was persistent with his work but just underwhelming live.

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