Posted on December 17, 2009 -
I have a hard time believing this album has so many bad reviews when it is easily Chimaira’s best. Is it to thrashy and heavy for all the teenage headbangers; to groovy, with too many touches of industrial, and Nu metal for the old-timer metal fans? Is it overly angry, or not angry enough? While I liked oldschool Chimaira classics like Nothing Remains, and Pure Hatred, this album is what made me a true fan. Just over fifty minutes of pummeling hatred and pure evil metal, with hardcore influences, this release kills, and I place it on the upper echelon of metal albums in this decade, or any other for that matter.
The title track is pure mosh pit metal, which I learned first hand at each of their concerts I attended. The whole album just flows from there on, with bruising beats, and thrashy riffs, and the keyboards just add an eerie feel which crawls into your skin, and permeates your soul. Mark Hunter’s punishing vocals are as good here as they have ever been.
Along with the title track, Worthless, No Reason to Live, End It All, and Empire are fast, heavy mosh friendly songs. Modern thrash, carrying on where Pantera left off. Then the dark progressively evil masterpieces like Six, Killing The Beast, and The Flame, fill in the blanks in brutally scary fashion.
I know this album is a couple years old, and they have since released The Infection, which is a solid CD, but I felt I had to chime in, since it seems only non fans or confused Chimaira newcomers were reviewing this. Or maybe people who like this band like them for different reasons than I do. I love the Slayer/Metallica/Pantera influenced modern thrash band with progressive, death, and sublte Nu metal inclanations. Two and a half years later it still sounds as good if not better than when it landed on the shores of metal.
While many unfairly put this band in the “Metalcore” genre, I think they are simply 21st century metal. They are much heavier than most “metalcore” acts, and don’t fit in with deathcore, or retro-thrash, so maybe that is why they are ignored. But this is a great metal album, from front to back. I think it is a must have for all True metal fans, and for those of you who gave this a subpar review, listen to it again, because it is better than you think.