CHIMAIRA Debuts New Lineup At The Machine Shop
The new lineup of the Cleveland, Ohio metal band CHIMAIRA made its live debut this past Wednesday, May 25 at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be viewed below. CHIMAIRA 2011 is: Mark Hunter – Vocals Rob Arnold – Guitar Matt DeVries – Guitar Emil Werstler (DAATH) – Bass Sean Zatorsky (DAATH) – Keyboards/Samples Austin D’Amond (BLEED THE SKY, THE ELITE) – Drums Although D’Amond will sit behind the kit for all of CHIMAIRA’s upcoming shows, the drum tracks on the band’s recently completed new album were laid down by the CD’s producer, Ben Schigel, who has previously worked with DROWNING POOL and WALLS OF JERICHO, among others. The effort was mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, MURDERDOLLS, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD). CHIMAIRA spent several days earlier this month filming a new music video and DVD, to be released in connection with the band’s forthcoming studio album, due in August in North America, South America and Japan via eOne Music. Check out photos from the shoot at the group’s Facebook page. Drummer Andols Herrick announced his departure from CHIMAIRA last month, citing “some of the same concerns that” keyboardist/programmer] Chris Spicuzza “mentioned in his statement [announcing his split from the group], namely the current state of the music industry and concerns about my future.” Andols added, “A major transition in life is much more manageable at 31 than it is in your late 30s or early 40s, so as a guy with literally zero experience in anything else, better now than later. Plus, it would be hard to go back without feeling constantly uneasy about the situation.” Spicuzza explained his exit from CHIMAIRA by saying that the “situation in CHIMAIRA had ultimately become a negative environment that I had to get out of. Secondly, the music industry is completely fucked and honestly, I became concerned for my future. The amount of work and stress I took on got the best of me. I guess if you’re not happy or having fun, what’s the point?” Bassist Jim LaMarca left CHIMAIRA last year in order to focus on family life.