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Chimaira - Resurrection Review

by Billy Gamble

After updating their sound, bringing back skinsman Andy Herrick, and switching record labels, Chimaira return with what could be one of their strongest albums yet. After four albums their sound has gone from nu metal to a recipe of metalcore and post-thrash. Resurrection combines mean guitar riffs, fast beats, and lyrics that are easy to pump your fists and sing along to. At the same time, the album sounds very similar to its predecessors; not to mention every song more or less keeps the standard rock structure ending every song with an adrenaline pumping solo by lead guitar player Rob Arnold.

The album opens up with its first single and the title track for the album, 'Resurrection'. It's catchy and heavy. The drums performed by returning Chimaira drummer Andy Herrick are signature to the Chimaira sound. Meanwhile, the guitar parts are surprising and different to what is expected. Mark Hunter actually sings on the album. He is surprisingly decent yet subtly goofy on 'Killing the Beast'. The song also has a Static-X meets (newer) Sepultura. Occasionally the album slips and has a few generic metalcore moments, copying such lines from Throwdown such as 'Never Back Down'. But whenever these moments poke there heads a fist pumping catchy chorus usually isn't too far behind. Chimaira do attempt to make an atypical genre effort on the album's final track 'Empire'. The song starts with Chris Spicuzza synthing the sounds of trumpets and choirs. The drums are some of the fastest I've ever heard from Herrick. The sound is black metal meets Chimaira metalcore.

The album is defiantly a good listen. Chimaira seem to be trying to stay with the times and the album feels slightly over-produced so that the masses will enjoy it. The solos do not disappoint and the live set would probably be enjoyable with its string of sing-a-long choruses. Good stuff, but not the greatest.

1. Resurrection
2. Pleasure in Pain
3. Worthless
4. Six
5. No Reason to Live
6. Killing the Beast
7. The Flame
8. End It All
9. Black Heart
10. Needle
11. Empire

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