Instead the band let some friends play on the album, most notably their long-time producer Ben Schigel who plays the drums on this album. They have elements of thrash, doom and even grunge in their songs woven into their groove metal template making for quite a varied listening experience. These two tunes are pretty slow, but enjoyable. On the brink of destruction, the band have pushed through the corner they were backed into and have breathed new life into their sound, which was becoming stale on The Infection. In response, one might expect me to write something angry about pussying out, letting fans dictate art and being in it for the paychecks. The Age of Hell The title track is a typical aggressive Chimaira track and opens the album well and songs like “Trigger Finger” and “Year of the Snake” show Chimaira firing on all cylinders with Arnold and Devries providing some of their most groove inspired riffs to date.
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And, believe it or not, these are some of the highlights. You get a little bit of everything on “The Age of Hell”. Songs like “Clockwork” and “Beyond The Grave” are really rocking that Alice-vibe while chmiaira sounding quite experimental.
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Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R. The Age of Hell Lead guitarist Rob Arnold handles all of the bass tracks on the album and they are still unmemorablevocalist Mark Hunter handles all of the keyboards and sampling which turn out pretty well, especially on “Clockwork” and the instrumental “Stoma” and producer Ben Schigel provides the drum tracks which are aggressive and reminiscent of Talley’s self-titled performance.
WrithingchaosFebruary 13th, As hard as it may be for you to believe me, that part actually fits in the song! It’s sounds very clean and organic. Same is the case with “Time Is Running Out” only with the groove factor cranked up another 10 notches.
Chimaira have done it yet again. The performances are all good, the atmosphere is easily the best the band ever produced, and all of the changes are positive, some of them genius. The whole album plays like that: Better give this one a go tonight. For example, ‘Losing My Mind’ has a straightforward metalcore chassis As I Lay Dying with a touch of Gojira thrown in hel down to a creeping pace, plus slightly distorted deathcore vocals not as brutal as Bring Me qge Horizon or Job For a Cowboy, but more sinistera keyboard part that comes from electronic music and reminds me a little of Rammstein, a melodeath solo that takes a couple of licks right out of In Flames’s book, plus a weird mechanical shifting of gears that is smooth and disturbing cgimaira this reminds me of Fear Factory or Meshuggah, yet it really doesn’t sound like them at all.
This really adds a lot to the album’s overall flow and feel, as it feels fresh and interesting. The electronics and keyboards are quite prominent, but instead of using them to augment the riffs or just add noise like previously, they fill up the spaces behind the slower riffs and create a creeping miasmic atmosphere of paranoia, isolation, and menace.
Other songs had uell minuscule guitar parts that really made an impact on the song. Not really dynamic in range, but it’s not clipping and it just has a nice clean sound. What has changed is clearly the experimentation and assimilation of outside influences, as well as a slightly more cohesive nature to the whole album, which works for two reasons – the pacing and the atmosphere.
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Any new release of theirs has my attention these days, wherever cchimaira may take their sound. BloodstoneAugust 11th, Bassist Jim LaMarca decided he didn’t want to be with the band anymore and retired to spend more time with his family.
Definitely pick it up. These two tunes are pretty slow, but enjoyable.
March 27, . Anyone with even a passing interest in distinctly American sounding -core flavored metal really should try it out. His growls are just ferocious and his cleans are smooth and full of emotion and feel.
Except of course, Year of the Snake. Throughout The Age of Helkyou will find aspects of every record they have done – the hel, and industrial effects of The Impossibility of Chimairaathe groove and blazing fret work of the self-titled, the technicality of Resurrectionand the breakdowns and industrial ambience found within The Infection ; but they have twisted all these aspects together to form something new rather than rehash any of these previous works.
The first song on the album sounds straight out of “The Cuimaira of Reason”-era of Chimaira where they really found their sound. This is also evident as the album really does sound like a new Chimaira album, although in a different way. AfterTheBreakdown August 16th Comments.
June 17,  “The Age of Hell” Released: The rest of the songs on this album brings out the brutality of Chimaira. Over the past few years this band has evolved and matured in truly the best possible way. BassDemon August 16th Comments.