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Like the hulking monster which graces the cover of RESURRECTION, the new music unleashed by Cleveland's Chimaira threatens with frightenening might and menacing force, channeling unabashed metalcore aggression and sinewy thrash metal recklessness like never before. This veteran sextet's latest 11-track offering conjures up the darker side of the metal spectrum thanks to the dastardly twin guitar attack found on "The Needle" and a pummeling rhythm section highlighted by a remarkable percussive performance that keeps things brutal throughout. While Chimaira still haven't fully realized their own identity and can be found wallowing in metalcore lyrical cliche at times, sprawling epics like "Six" and crippling numbers like the title cut display the band's inching towards their ultimate goal of capturing the metal crown.
- Mike SOS