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"Chimaira" is a six-member American groove metal / metalcore band, originating in Cleveland, Ohio. The name is derived from Chimera, a lion-headed monster in Greek mythology whose name is pronounced kai-MEAR-uh.

Chimaira was formed in 1998, composing itself of Mark Hunter (vocals), Jason Hager (guitar), Rob Arnold (guitar), Jim LaMarca (bass), Andols Herrick (drums) and Chris Spicuzza (keyboards and electronics). Jason Hager later left the band after ''Pass Out Of Existence'' due to family issues and the band gained Matt DeVries. Their first EP, ''This Present Darkness'', was released two years later, on January 11, 2000, featuring a few of the songs that were later on their release, ''Pass Out of Existence''. ''This Present Darkness'' found much popularity and critical acclaim, and Chimaira found themselves on a short-term record contract with East Coast Empire. The band further skyrocketed in popularity, acquiring a new contract with RoadRunner Records. ''Pass Out of Existence'', released in 2001 followed by a shot touring with Slayer during their ''God Hates Us All'' tour, and ''The Impossibility of Reason'', released in 2003, was enough to fund Chimaira's extensive tou...

years active 1998–present
status Active
origin Cleveland, Ohio
country United States
music genre Groove Metal
current members Mark Hunter (musician)
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source: Wikipedia