A new vinyl pressing of Chimaira‘s “The Age Of Hell” has been released via eOne Music. The effort is limited to 500 copies and it can be purchased HERE.
During a recent interview with Pierre Gutiérrez, Chimaira’s Rob Arnold revealed that the band were planning to play another “Chimaira Christmas” concert this year. The guitarist went on to say that they were also discussing the possibility of new music as well.
Arnold said of the following:
“We had the next ‘Chimaira Christmas‘ show, which was gonna be Christmas of 2020… [It[ had been booked, but it hadn’t been announced yet. We weren’t gonna announce it until probably mid-summer… We had already even started talking about setlists and stuff like that. And then along with that came the talks of ‘hey, why don’t we start writing some music and just start putting some riffs together and sending them back and forth?’ and that didn’t really get out of any infancy stage. There aren’t any songs or anything yet that are in the archives or anything like that. That never really lifted off. Because right at that same moment is when COVID hit. And obviously everybody had to make huge adjustments right then. And just everything was put on hold. A few weeks later the show was cancelled…”
He also added:
“All I can say is maybe we’ll try for next year. Hopefully this time next year, everything that should have been happening right now will be happening, but I can’t say—no one can say.”
[via The PRP]
Mark Hunter (Chimaira) has released a cover of Basil Poledouris‘ “Anvil Of Crom” from the 1982 film “Conan The Barbarian.” The frontman commented:
“Like so many of you, I’ve been couped up in the house for months. To keep my sanity in check, I decided to try and tackle one of my favorite songs – ‘Anvil of Crom‘, which is the theme from 1982’s ‘Conan the Barbarian‘. Initially composed by Basil Poledouris and performed by a 94 piece orchestra – I had no idea what I was getting into or how overwhelming of a project it would be. But alas, Crom granted me revenge, and I was able to pull it together. Please enjoy my rendition. *Best experienced wearing a loincloth.”
Chimaira are considered to be members of the “New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” scene alongside Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, etc. Considering this, Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter recently discussed the moniker on the “Talk Toomey Podcast” and said that he believes it may have originated from his band.
Hunter said the following:
“It’s one of those things, we did it during the ‘Pass Out‘ era—we had a t-shirt. Our sound guy at the time, Wedge, was a big Iron Maiden fan. And before we would play every night, we would be playing Iron Maiden over the loud speakers. So we just started making t-shirt ideas, like ‘oh, lets use the Iron Maiden font, what does our name look like there? And then lets just change it to ‘New Wave Of American Heavy Metal’ instead of ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’, and just kinda having fun and that caught on.
I remember getting ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’ albums when I was younger and it actually said it on some of those albums. They were letting you know it was like a brand almost. So when we released the CD single to the press and radio stations—and this was just kind of like the first few songs they could play before the album was released—it was called the ‘New Wave Of American Heavy Metal’ sampler. And to my knowledge, I mean unless someone can prove us wrong, I don’t believe that phrase exists before that t-shirt in 2001-2002.”
[via The PRP]
Rob Arnold is celebrating the 18th anniversary of Chimaira‘s “Pass Out Of Existence” by sharing audio from the band’s January 19, 2002 show at the House Of Blues in Orlando, FL. You can check that out below. Notably, the concert also featured Ill Niño, No One, and Kittie.
In other news, Arnold has also released the second episode of his “Everything You Love” web series:
[via The PRP]
Rob Arnold has launched a new web series called “Everything You Love.” The first episode features Arnold’s Chimaira bandmate Mark Hunter and it can be seen below:
Chimaira’s Mark Hunter recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and he has since undergone surgery to remove the rest of his thyroid. He is now expected to undergo radioactive iodine treatment. Fortunately, the cancer Hunter has, Papillary thyroid cancer, has a high cure rate.
Chimaira’s Mark Hunter has sadly been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The frontman recently had half of his thyroid removed for testing and will have to have the rest removed later this month.
Hunter said the following:
There’s no easy way to say it. I have thyroid cancer.
Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck.
I had two fine needle biopsies, but the results were inconclusive.
A week ago, I had half of my thyroid removed so doctors could better test the tumor. The results were positive for Papillary cancer- the most common of thyroid cancers. Luckily, it also has a high cure rate. There is no known cause for this type of cancer, but it’s likely genetic. There weren’t any symptoms either.
The next step is to remove the rest of my thyroid on August 12th and explore radioactive iodine treatment. I should probably sit on a beach somewhere after that.
I’m grateful for my team of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, my supportive friends and family, and for Lauren and her ability to help me out of the depressive dark hole the news caused me to go down. My mother is also an inspiration for having beat colon cancer, as are many of my friends and fans who’ve endured much worse.
You guys and gals are my extended family, and I’m thankful to have you by my side after all these years. I truly appreciate it. My hope is this inspires you to stay on top of your health. A routine physical could save your life.
In the meantime, I am going to stay busy on work-related projects while enjoying the rest of my summer. I’ll continue to keep my mind busy immersed in my hobbies shall it start to wander toward the dark side.
Leaving you with my favorite quote from Nietzsche (and Conan the Barbarian) that I used as lyrics for Resurrection:
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”