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Album of 2007!!!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 09/04/2009 18:55:17
Opening track Resurrection is a step back to Impossibility Of Reason with its brutal chorus drowned in double-kicks galore and razor sharp guitars. Mark Hunter pushes his vocals further than ever before and when the harmony comes midway it's a real breathe of fresh air that adds a sinister vengeful element and to close a doom-laden background with slashing guitars finish out an epic proclamation. Pleasure In Pain's intro of a fast chugging guitar just absorbs you then you crash into a mix of an irresistible harmony along with amazing samples that accompany a chorus that's thrashing potential is enough to cause whiplash on its first 3-minute listen. Seamlessly it's blended into Worthless which is a straight up metal song with all its basic requirements of a dictatory chorus, galloping guitars, dramatic drums and of course a twisting and turning solo. Track 4, which is in fact called Six and lasts over 9 minutes has a personal devotion to this girl throughout regardless of knowing how harmful she is. For the last 5 minutes of the song it's as if you're threw back into Implements Of Destruction from Impossibility Of Reason with its sheer technical endurance and the enthralling journey it entails. No Reason To Live starts off slow as if awakening from a daze but soon pounding drum crashes wake you up into a fury of rippling guitars that pound just about anything with any life left in it and the lyrics of a desperate and destroyed humanity couldn't be put any better with the vile and hatred in Hunters voice. Killing The Beast is a slow paced searching summary of someone who is scum and just doesn't deserve to live. It never really hits any high and but its low racing threats personifies the killing of the beast as this slow process breaking him down bit by bit. For me the finest song on the album has to be The Flame, lyrically it fills with you with something that no emotion could describe as it deals with this father who has abused his daughter. The crashing thuds of the guitars thicken every strike the father throws at this defenceless girl. The haunting screaming effects throughout just add to how much this song can evoke inside and its structure personifies the events disturbingly. Still taking the punches of The Flame you then move into End It All, which creates a repetitive chorus to personify the dissatisfaction of life. Vocals are pushed to new highs here too and Herrick's supersonic drumming is a dominant feature throughout. Black Heart's personal attack of being completely useless has a rip-roaring rush of the guitar that really makes the song. Something that makes the album especially significant is that every song has a unique feature that really makes it stand out. Penultimate song Needle is a short sharp song of insignificance and emptiness that doesn't push many boundaries and fits with the albums general theme but it's got a natural tone that's instantly memorable. Closing song Empire's opening of operatic chants gives a vamperic and haunted vibe but then it kicks into a Cradle of Filth/Satyricon double kick death metal frenzy. It then gathers the typical technical Chimaira guitars but the added keyboards turn it into horrific climatic experience, which leaves way for the drowning out of the guitars to complete silence.
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Chimaira Resurrected ?
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/07/2007 12:41:13
Chimiara for me represent both the strengths and weaknesses of Metal. they fall into the sterotypical category of a metal act.
the lyrics are ott and the swearing is supposed to increase the effect the words have on the listener. yet they over blow the effect.
However there is a blatent honesty and purity about Chimaira. they dont mask there music and you get a clear of of the bands persoanlity and soul with every track.
songs such as "no reason to live" and "pleasure in pain" are brutal and unruly and this points to another weakness. the band are simply too one dimensional. they have no alternative or "something different".
generally, if you like metal, this isnt a bad effort but would only really satisfy the concrete fan base and doesnt at all boost chimaira's profile.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 29/05/2007 11:07:00
This is the epitome of what the whole music scene should be about. After getting di-illusioned with the support that they were recieving from roadrunner, Chimaira went and signed to Nuclear Blast. And my god didn't they pay them back well?
This is technically, both from a music and lyrics point of view, easily the best Chimaira album yet, and after listening to this type of music for ten years, I have to say this is one of the best albums i have ever heard. Chimaira titled the album accordingly, now everyone else is going to have to up their game considerably in order to keep up. You like heavy music, you NEED this album.
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