Matt DeVries (Ex-Chimaira/Fear Factory, Etc.) Joins 93 (Ex-Vital Remains, Etc.)

93, the new project featuring Brian Werner (ex-Vital Remains), Tim Yeung (ex-Morbid Angel/Divine Heresy), Rithiya Khiev, and Chris Joao, have announced the addition of Matt DeVries (ex-Chimaira/Fear Factory, etc.) to their lineup. Werner commented:

“Big news of the day, Matt Devries (Chimera/Fear Factory) officially joins 93!!!! This has been in the works for a long time, Matt is a very close friend and absolutely amazing player and it’s an honor to have him on board. Music is coming along very fast and bringing Matt on board is going to add a totally new dynamic to it. APKD 93/93″

Chimaira’s Rob Arnold Shares Live Audio From 2002 Orlando Show

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]

Chimaira’s Mark Hunter Undergoes Successful Surgery Following Cancer Diagnosis

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 Frontman Mark Hunter Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer

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:

“Hello friends.

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.”

– Mark“

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Hello friends. 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." – Mark

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Rob Arnold (Chimaira) Launches New Band The Disaster

Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold has launched new band with Matt Demko called The Disaster. The group’s debut album “Healing Process” will be released on December 21 and a lyric video for the first single “Baptized By Fire” can be found below. It’s worth noting that the band may already have enough material for a second album as well.

[via The PRP]