It never ceases to upset me that people call Chimaira
metalcore. Where are the chugging breakdowns? Where's the hardcore influence? Whatever. In actuality, they are a groove/thrash band, and on this album it really emphasizes that. This self titled album is Chimaira
's third full length, and first since The Impossibility of Reason
, their breakthrough record. This album takes the best bits from Impossibility and makes it even thrashier and heavier than before. It's also more technical. One of the complaints I've heard about this album since its release is the new drummer. I didn't have a problem with Kevin Talley's drumming. It's much more technical than before; it's mostly death metal oriented which makes it very interesting to hear coupled with the groove/thrash music in the background.
Let's see, the music. Well, the album kicks off with "Nothing Remains
" which is probably the song most like the best off of Impossibility, except longer and more epic. That
's one thing about this album; it seems like the band has made a concious effort to make the music more epic and powerful. Case in point: all the songs are longer than before; every song besides "Comatose
" is over five minutes, and a few, "Bloodlust
" and "Lazarus
" are over seven minutes. Also, none of these songs are epic instrumentals, which tend to run longer than songs with vocals.
One of the things about this album that might bug people is that there really aren't any standout tracks. It maintains a magnificent level of quality throughout, but it doesn't have THAT one song that really stands out from the rest. I suppose that's a good thing, though, as it helps the album flow better. That
's the great thing about this album: It's definitely the same feel as Impossibility, but it just is... better. It's got the same tone and ideas, but everything flows and fits better than before.
If you're a Chimaira
fan, you probably already own this album and enjoy it, but if you are new to the group this wouldn't be a bad place to start, and certainly isn't a bad buy.