Review: Chimaira – The Age Of Hell

Rated:

4/5

In the two years since their last album, The Infection, Cleveland, Ohio, bruisers Chimaira came close to breaking up, due to several lineup changes, including the loss of three longtime band members. But singer Mark Hunter and guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries stood their ground and may have actually found the perfect roster for their band with the additional of two members of tech-death outfit Daath–guitarist Emil Wrestler and keyboardist Sean Zatorsky–plus drummer Austin D’Amond.

The title track of their new album, The Age of Hell, launches an hour-long ass-kicking and therapy session in one. “Year of The Snake” and “Born in Blood” have the old-school, circa-Far Beyond Driven Pantera vibe: grooving riffs, fierce drum fills, and perfectly punctuated vocals. As for the lyrics, they are so nakedly aggressive and passionate throughout the record, you’d have to be heartless and gutless to not be drawn in. On the track “Time is Running Out,” Hunter wears his feelings with particular brazenness on his sleeve (“How much more can I take?/Swallowed by the storm”). But one of the most emotional songs doesn’t even have lyrics: “Samsara,” the six-minute Metallica-esque instrumental that closes out the album, is a perfectly moving ending to a powerful record.

Kudos must be given, as well, to Ben Schigel (Drowning Pool, Walls of Jericho) for the amazing production work on The Age of Hell, which sounds crisp and crushing at any volume. Every instrument is perfectly intertwined with the vocals, and each member is given the space to showcase their craft as individuals, as well as within the band as a whole.

If Chimaira went through Hell over the last two years, there’s no question, listening to their new album, that they’ve come back stronger. SARAH B. KOENIG

Check out “Born in Blood” off The Age of Hell below:


  • Eric

    sounds just like old chim, only its new! great song can’t wait to get the album

  • Greenbud Smoke

    i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johnny

    This song “Born in Blood” by Chimaira is gripping, fast-rocking, musical hardness that inspires.

  • moose

    Chimaira offers some of the best sounds and vocals of any metal band. <3 Rob Arnold

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Looming-Loathsome/100000245228313 Looming Loathsome

    Long live Chimaira. Long live Mark Hunter

  • rekluse

    CHIMAIRA IS BACK WITH A DIFFERENT SOUND ,MORE AGGRESSION.THAT’S WHAT I HAVE COME TO EXPECT OF THEM.

  • Blah

    boring boring boring! …. i’m sorry, but the album sucks -.- .. 

    • Unblah

      I’m sorry you don’t care for it, but the album most definitely doesn’t “suck”.  How about “I thought it was boring and I really didn’t like it.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000481366684 William Bowman

    Not as good as i had hoped. Maybe next time

  • BDOG

    Rob and the bass player are touring with Six Feet Under …..i saw them in Tampa.

  • BDOG

    Rob and the bass player are touring with Six Feet Under …..i saw them in Tampa.

  • BDOG

    Rob and the bass player are touring with Six Feet Under …..i saw them in Tampa.

  • BDOG

    Rob and the bass player are touring with Six Feet Under …..i saw them in Tampa.

  • BDOG

    Rob and the bass player are touring with Six Feet Under …..i saw them in Tampa.

  • BDOG

    Rob and the bass player are touring with Six Feet Under …..i saw them in Tampa.

  • BDOG

    Rob and the bass player are touring with Six Feet Under …..i saw them in Tampa.

  • Mininotito

    not their best but acceptable.

  • Stephenlucie

    This is album is brilliant. Their best since ‘The Impossibility Of Reason’! Buy this album!

  • Drummrpr

    Born In Blood is deff. the best song on the cd. Heavy and brutal as fuck! heaviest chimaira song ive heard since secrets of the dead. Fuck Yea!

  • Drummrpr

    Born In Blood is deff. the best song on the cd. Heavy and brutal as fuck! heaviest chimaira song ive heard since secrets of the dead. Fuck Yea!

  • Drummrpr

    Born In Blood is deff. the best song on the cd. Heavy and brutal as fuck! heaviest chimaira song ive heard since secrets of the dead. Fuck Yea!

  • Royston Vasey

    Can’t get this yet. :/ Wish iTunes would hurry up.

  • Kostas2419

    9/10… this album maybe is the best for this year…

  • Kostas2419

    9/10… this album maybe is the best for this year…

  • Triz270

    This is why chimaira is one of the best metal bands of all time. Each alblum better than the last