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Interview:
Hard Rockers Chimaira Feel Resurrected
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Cleveland hard rock sextet Chimaira are enjoying the “Resurrection” promised by the title of its fourth album.

The 11-song set came out 11 months ago and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 2000 chart, the sextet’s best showing yet. It’s sold more than 60,000 copies so far, and guitarist Rob Arnold says the group’s live shows are confirming that this has been a successful endeavor.

“We’ve pretty much gotten positive response all around,” Arnold, 28, says. “At the shows we’ve been doing, we’ve noticed younger and younger crowds out there. Maybe I’m getting older, but it seems like a lot of young dudes, and that’s cool — a fresh crop of metal kids coming to see shows and hearing us for the first time.

“We feel like a better band than we’ve ever been and feel like (‘Resurrection’) is the best record we’ve ever done. So having a lot of young, enthusiastic new fans and supporting a record we’re high on is really cool.”

It’s also a sign to Chimaira — which is named after a lion-headed monster from Greek mythology — that the band was right to switch record companies for “Resurrection,” from Roadrunner to the smaller Ferret Records. Roadrunner, according to Arnold, “wanted radio hits,” and Chimaira, he notes, “is just too brutal of a band for that. When you’re a super-heavy band like we are, you can’t just pop out radio songs. That’s what makes fake bands.”

Moving to Ferret, he says, gave Chimaira a fresh lease on its career.

“It’s a smaller group of guys and we get a lot more personal attention and focus,” Arnold explains. “We’re one of their bigger bands, so they appreciate us a lot more. Instead of being on the bottom of the totem pole at (Roadrunner), we can be more on top, like we are at Ferret, which feels good and makes for a great business relationship as well.”



Chimaira performs with All That Remains, Divine Heresy and For the Fallen Dreams Friday (Feb. 8) at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majestic.com

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