Wrecking ball 

Liking its new album and each other Chimaira's one happy metalcore crew

click to enlarge See you at Chuck E. Cheese: With its fourth album, - Chimairas unleashed the underrated power of fun.
  • See you at Chuck E. Cheese: With its fourth album, Chimairas unleashed the underrated power of fun.

Touring a new album isn't as easy as it may seem.

Granted, a band usually will have new material. But if the members of said band don't really love that material, touring can become, well, one tedium-filled pain in the ass.

While Chimaira singer Mark Hunter won't disclose which of his metalcore band's three prior albums grew lackluster quicker than expected, he is touting its latest, Resurrection, as having maintained the guys' interest longer than most.

"Of course I'm going to say it's our best album, but I think we all generally feel that," says Hunter, calling from a tour stop in Tucson. "When you're playing a new album after a few months, you start to get sick of the songs, but we're at the point where we keep adding more and more songs from the album into our set because we enjoy playing them so much.

"Talk to me after six months of playing the songs maybe I'll change my mind. But as of now, we still love them."

Back to basics is how the Cleveland-based Chimaira approached Resurrection. Not only does the project include original drummer Andols Herrick, who had left the band prior to the recording of its 2005 self-titled album, but it also finds Chimaira off Roadrunner Records. The former development helped restore the sextet's creativity, while the latter alleviated internal band pressures.

"Basically, I think it was the terms the album was written under," Hunter says. "We were getting along better than we ever had before, there wasn't any pressure and we didn't have any drama whatsoever. It was a good time, and I think that you can see that when we play live.

"We're not worrying about anything. We're just having fun, which we kind of got out of doing for a while. There were so many negative things going on in the band, but now that we are back, it's like happy times, which is kind of ridiculous for a band that's as aggressive as we are."

Perhaps epitomizing the new spirit within the band dynamic is "Six." Not only does the roller-coaster track include a mellow section in the middle surrounded by sledgehammer-like riffs, but it's the band's longest song to date, clocking in at nearly 10 minutes.

"It was kind of a cool idea I had before we came to practice, in that I'm going to write three minutes of a song, Matt [DeVries, guitar] writes three minutes and Rob [Arnold, guitar] writes three," Hunter says. "And then we'll try to combine it right there on the spot and see what happens."

The results were magical. When Hunter talks about "Six," you sense it foreshadows Chimaira's future.

"Either it was going to be a train wreck in coming together or it would be something awesome," Hunter says. "And luckily, the latter happened. It's the best song we ever wrote."


Chimaira, All that Remains, Divine Heresy and Deadspeak
Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood
Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $16 in advance, $18 day-of-show, 16-plus; visit ticketweb.com.


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