Chimaira

Resurrection

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Has anyone noticed the exorbitantly large number of "angry" metal bands of the late '90s and early 21st century? Quite a few bands seem to be waking up on the wrong side of the bed nowadays more than ever before, and Chimaira appear to be a group of fed-up chaps, as heard throughout their dripping with angst 2007 release, Resurrection. As with their past albums, vocalist Mark Hunter is still a hardcore barker, while guitarist Rob Arnold remains a connoisseur of thrash metal riffery. It turns out that unlike their 2005 self-titled effort, Resurrection (which is the group's first album to not be released via Roadrunner, their new home is Ferret Music) is a full band effort as far as the songwriting went. As a result, the album sounds like a big shiny metal machine firing on all cylinders, especially on such aggro-fests as the album-opening title track, "Pleasure in Pain," and "End It All." Resurrection does not suffer from false advertising as far as the album title goes -- it truly sounds like the Chimaira chaps are reinvigorated and reborn.

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