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Guest Blog: Chimaira Frontman Mark Hunter, "Judgment"

Mark Hunter is the vocalist and founding member of Cleveland metal act Chimaira. For more than a decade, Chimaira has been imposing its gravity on the metal community by continually touring the globe and selling more than a million albums worldwide. Their brand of heavy music has evolved and transcended both itself and the trends while maintaining its persistent, bludgeoning force. The band released its newest album, Crown of Phantoms, last year. Watch the video for “Wrapped in Violence” at the bottom of this post.

Judgment |ˈjəjmənt|

“Who are you to judge the life I live?” – Bob Marley

I had it all planned out. Spend a week on jury duty, come home and blog about the legal system. I would figure out a way to bridge the knowledge I learned during court to help others.

Except I forgot to go.

I was in my kitchen washing dishes when the "Oh fuck" moment hit. A few weeks prior I had received a letter to attend jury duty, and to be honest, I was excited. I'd never been. Court drama's rule, and I could see myself arguing with other jurors in the name of justice.

After sending in the letter of confirmation that I'd be attending, I neglected to do the one thing I always do when new plans arise. Write it down in my calendar. I write everything in my calendar. Seriously, I've even scheduled sex.

I'm not sure what was going on in my mind that made me forget this simple little step, but such is life. Long story short, and flashback to the "Oh fuck" moment--I panicked. Not only did I forget to go, I was four days late of forgetting to go. I was supposed to be there for a week.

I went online and read the paperwork...this mistake could result in my arrest. I can see the headlines now: "Singer of Chimaira Busted for Skipping Jury Duty."

Needless to say, I jumped in my car and drove down to the courthouse. An officer greeted me for security purposes, and I explained to him what happened. I facetiously asked if I was under arrest and his reply of, "Talk to the bailiff," was less than reassuring.

Of course. The bailiff had left. Thank goodness, as upon looking down I realized I was wearing my signature flip flops and socks rig. Probably not Kosher.

My weekend plans shot because of a stupid oversight. I sat waiting for John Q. Law and the S.W.A.T team to come barreling in the wee hours of the morning. I spent time on the Internet looking at other situations similar to mine and started to calm down, but in reality, I had no life for 72 hours.

Long story even shorter--I spoke with the bailiff, explained what had happened and thankfully they rescheduled. It meant I'd have to postpone my monthly entry for Revolver, but this epic article about judgment and crime would be well worth the wait.

Until I called to confirm and found out that they didn't need me.

Then it dawned on me--I am probably the last person they want for jury duty. How I was called to begin with is baffling in itself. I think it's safe to say I'm the antithesis of what they want in a juror.

Not that I wouldn't be fair. But let's face it, the stereotypes that follow heavy metal dudes exist for a reason. My neighbors all thought I was a devil worshiper. It might have had something to do with the fact that I jokingly spray painted 666 on my garage wall. Even though it was a joke....

Anyway, I don't have much in the line of self-help which has been the focus of this blog, but maybe it can still be motivational. Keep your shit organized, don't forget to write things down and check yourself before you leave the house.

Being a responsible citizen is a priority for me even if I come from a world of anarchy.

Enjoy your summer. I'll see you on the road this August!

8/5 – Joliet, IL at Mojoe’s
8/6 – Minneapolis, MN at POV
8/7 – Peoria, IL at Rail II
8/8 – Des Moines, IA at Wooly’s
8/9 – Birch Run, MI at Dirt Fest
8/10 – Akron, OH at Rock Factory
8/11 – St. Louis, MO at FUBAR
8/12 – Kansas City, MO at Aftershock
8/13 – Denver, CO at Blue Bird
8/14 – Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
8/15 – Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre
8/16 – Seattle, WA at Hempfest
8/17 – Spokane, WA at The Hop
8/19 – Sacramento, CA at Assembly
8/20 – West Hollywood, CA at Whiskey A Go Go
8/21 – San Diego, CA at Soma Sidestage
8/22 – Phoenix, AZ at Joe’s Grotto
8/23 – Tucson, AZ at The Rock
8/25 – Odessa, TX at Club Patron
8/26 – San Antonio, TX at Korova (Basement)
8/27 – Austin, TX at Dirty Dog Bar
8/28 – Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
8/29 – Dallas, TX at Trees
8/30 – Oklahoma City, OK at The Chameleon Room
8/31 – Tyler, TX at Clicks

Tommy Ramone of the Ramones, R.I.P.