The Infection

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Band Name Chimaira
Album Name The Infection
Type Album
Data de lançamento 24 Abril 2009
Estilo de MúsicaMetalcore
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Tracklist

Also available on a Digipack Edition, with a bonus DVD.
DISC
1. The Venom Inside
2. Frozen in Time
3. Coming Alive
4. Secrets of the Dead
5. The Disappearing Sun
6. Impending Doom
7. On Broken Glass
8. Destroy and Dominate
9. Try to Survive
10. The Heart of it All
Bonustrack (American Digipack)
11. Revenge
Bonustrack (European Digipack)
11. Warpath
DVD (DIGIPACK VERSION ONLY)
1. The Making of "The Infection"


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Crítica @ LeviathanIsGodofMeta

30 Maio 2009
Chimaira is not a band that you'd think of as "old", but in fact they've been around for eleven years. So, after over a decade Chimaira bring us their fifth full length, The Infection. Chimaira started as a great underground band with their debut EP, This Present Darkness. Then they released Pass Out of Existance and nobody gave a s*it anymore. Okay, just kidding, but really, Pass Out was a huge step down from their exiting, fresh debut. After Pass Out, they released their breakthrough/comeback record (odd combination), The Impossibility of Reason. This featured a renewed focus on groove/thrash. Their self-titled album took Impossibility's sound, made it more epic, and refined it. Resurrection, their finest, picked and chose the best bits from each album and mashed them together to create the perfect Chimaira album. That's why The Infection is so strange.

The Infection abandons the thrash element on their sound almost entirely to focus on the groove. This means most songs are mid-tempo or slower save for one fast part on "The Venom Inside" and a few other exceptions. A recent review of the album I read said that it wasn't odd that Chimaira changed direction a bit for the new album, though it was odd in terms of the WAY they changed. I pretty much agree with this opinion. Look at Chimaira's past. They've never been afraid to experiment. They did the whole s*itty nu-metal thing on Pass Out of Existance, the chilling Alice In Chains-style breaks on The Impossibility of Reason, and the went for the out-of-this-world epic feel on the self-titled album. But they never completely abandoned the thrash element; it was integral to who they are.

But no longer. Chimaira successfully show us that they don't need the thrash element to bring on a great album. This time around, the groove is met with electronic and death metal influence. A weird mix? Groove, electronic, and death don't sound like they'd pair well. However, Chimaira is a talented band, and they manage to pull it off.

Kind of like their self-titled album, there aren't really any standout tracks, though my favorites are "The Venom Inside", "Frozen in Time", "Secrets of the Dead", and "The Disappearing Sun" (God, I love the devastating intro to this song). If you look at the track listing, you'll notice that these songs all come from the first half of the album. I don't know how this is possible, but even though there aren't any true standouts, the album does drag a bit towards the end. "Impending Doom" is like a failed experiment in doom/industrial metal. "On Broken Glass" is okay, but nothing special, and it certainly couldn't stand against anything on Resurrection. "Destroy and Dominate" fails to impress as well. "Try to Survive" is a synth enhanced track that works incredibly well, and the epic closing instrumental "The Heart of It All" is great, even better than Impossibility's "Implements of Destruction". I'd recommend buying the special edition as well: the DVD's fun and the bonus song, "Revenge" is one of the best on the disc; I have no idea why it didn't make the main record.

All in all, this is a great record. I'll certainly be listening to it again despite its flaws. I'd say besides Pass Out of Existance, the worst Chimaira album is either Impossibility or this. That's not to say they're bad, they just aren't as good as the self-titled album or Resurrection. Don't start with this if you are new to the band, as it will give you the wrong impression of Chimaira. This is a record made for fans of Chimaira, those dedicated die-hards that will stick with them no matter what kind of music they churn out. Though it's not what I personally wanted to hear from them (I'd rather have an album in the vein of Resurrection, only more refined), it's nice to see they're doing more than sticking to the status quo. A successful experiment.

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Comentário @ Flynn

30 Maio 2009
*Twitches* For those of you who haven’t seen the movie “Monsters vs. Aliens” yet, there’s a scene in the movie where a woman has half a finger and tells her future daughter in-law that it’s genetic, but it skips a generation. Therefore her kids are going to have it. Chimaira seem to suffer the same type of thing when it comes to making albums. Their 2001 album “Pass Out of Existence” was shit, the 2003 album “The Impossibility of Reason” was awesome, the 2005 self-titled album was disappointing apart from the song “Nothing Remains” of course, the 2007 album “Resurrection” kicked arse and now comes the 2009 album “The Infection”. Personally I think they named the album after the disease they were suffering that made them believe there was talent involved in this album. Or maybe it was named after the ear infection I suffered after listening to the fucking album!!! Seriously this album is so shit it just killed my ambitions of waiting two years for it. It’s like someone telling you that they’re not going to give you a birthday present but promise to double the gift for your next birthday, only to give you a box of rubber bands. Only maybe that’s an understatement, because at least you can use rubber bands to flick at and kill flies from a distance. This album is worthless. Remember the song titled “Needle” on the album “Resurrection”? The first half was shit, the second half kicked arse. Take the first 1:53 minutes of the song and listen to it while spinning around. Then listen to it again while blocking and unblocking your ears every five seconds. Then listen to it again while high, pick a few more things to do that’ll change he sound of the song and you pretty much have “The Infection” (no irony or pun intended). I remember watching the bonus DVD that came with the album “Resurrection”. On the DVD Matt DeVries said “This is probably the best album we’ve ever made” referring to “Resurrection”. Then he said “And I’ll probably say that about every album we make… but that’s a good thing”. Well I’m sorry to break the news to you Matt (not really) but if you said this album “The Infection” is the best album Chimaira has ever made and we lived in a world where people fell into small pieces for saying false facts (the more false the fact, the smaller the pieces)… YOU’D BURST INTO A FUCKING DUST CLOUD!!! And I still can’t fucking believe Chimaira were bribing people to spread the word of “The Infection” before it was released. If you did then Chimaira would give you some code to enter on some site so you can hear one or two songs off the album. It’s like luring someone into a strip club only to discover you have to sit down in front of a man on stage giving a rant on Greenpeace. I listen to metal to get off, not to wait impatiently for a sound that actually sounds good. This album can be summed up in four and a half words “let’s be more Metalcore”. Usually I can find at least one song on any album I review that at least sounds half decent but I can’t quite seem to do that with this album. Five year old retards with no arms and legs could make a better album then these guys. Still, in fairness Chimaira REALLY put pen to paper in the making of this album… BY SCRIBBLING!!!!!!!!!!

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