Chimaira, Dragonforce, Killswitch Engage, He is Legend
Murat Egyptian Room
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., $23
When asked where Chimaira fits into the overall metal scene, frontman Mark Hunter laughs, “We’re the kids in the park who get picked last for kickball. We do get credit in a lot of places, but we also tend to get overlooked. We’ll stumble upon an idea that nobody has done in a while, and then another band will do it and get the credit and we’ll be forgotten.”
Indeed, while Chimaira may not occupy the extreme experimental fringes of metal like, say, Cradle of Filth circa 1998, its members are too talented and earnest to be lumped into the generic kingdom of Godsmack. While they espouse their fair share of melodic hooks, the real value of the group’s music is in the overlaid combination of haunting vocal salvos, occasional Sepultura-like sirens and kinetic guitars that pleasantly grind and crunch.
Resurrection is its fourth full-length LP and its first with the smaller Ferret label after a longtime relationship with Roadrunner. “It’s a complete 180 in terms of how we’re treated and how much the band is promoted,” Hunter says. “We’re selling many more albums right out of the gate.”
Hunter has been known to say he likes to achieve something different with each album. In Resurrection’s case, it’s a more collaborative songwriting process, manifesting itself particularly in the epic nine-minute track “Six.”
“I had the idea to write three minutes of the song, then [lead guitarist] Rob [Arnold] would write three minutes and then [rhythm guitarist] Matt [DeVries] would write three minutes,” he says. “We figured it would be the worst experiment ever or pretty awesome.”
“Six” is a passionate recap of the band’s struggles, which is consistent with Hunter’s overall penchant for writing lyrics that are relentlessly personal while many metal bands lean toward political and religious themes.
“I’ve been though quite a bit,” Hunter says. (Exhibit A: A friend committed suicide and left a note with the single word, ‘Lazarus.’ The song is on Chimaira’s 2005 self-titled LP.) “I like that I can sing about it and find comfort in it,” he adds.