CHIMAIRA — The Infection

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Album · 2009

Filed under Groove Metal
By CHIMAIRA

Tracklist


1. The Venom Inside (04:05)
2. Frozen in Time (04:05)
3. Coming Alive (03:04)
4. Secrets of the Dead (04:24)
5. The Disappearing Sun (04:24)
6. Impending Doom (06:05)
7. On Broken Glass (03:46)
8. Destroy and Dominate (04:42)
9. Try to Survive (04:40)
10. The Heart of It All (14:52)

Total Time 54:07

CD/DVD edition:

11. Revenge (03:12)

Total Time 63:28

USB edition:

11. Warpath (04:18)
12. Convictions (02:13)

Total Time 66:47

German edition:

11. Warpath (04:18)

Total Time 64:34

DVD:

1. Making of The Infection (46:05)

Total Time 46:05

Deluxe Fan Edition memory stick - “Syringe” USB:

1. Warpath (04:21)
2. Convictions (02:13)
3. The Venom Inside (Bus Riffs 2) (03:53)
4. Frozen in Time (Bus Riffs 7) (04:09)
5. Coming Alive (Bus Riffs 3) (03:08)
6. Secrets of the Dead (Bus Riffs 9) (05:59)
7. The Disappearing Sun (Bus Riffs 6) (04:57)
8. Impending Doom (Bus Riffs 4) (05:09)
9. On Broken Glass (Bus Riffs 8) (03:33)
10. Destroy and Dominate (Bus Riffs 13) (04:53)
11. Try to Survive (Bus Riffs 1) (03:34)
12. The Heart of It All (Bus Riffs 11) (10:13)
13. Resurrection (Video) (04:14)

Total Time 60:16

Line-up/Musicians


- Mark Hunter / vocals
- Rob Arnold / guitars
- Matt Devries / guitars
- Jim LaMarca / bass
- Andols Herrick / drums
- Chris Spicuzza / keyboards, samples

About this release

CD released 21st April 2009 in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records (NB 2335-2) and in the USA on Ferret Music (F121).

12" picture disc vinyl LP released 2009 on Ferret Music (60121), limited to 2000 copies.

Deluxe boxed edition fan set with CD, DVD and USB memory stick released 20th April 2009 on Ferret Music (F9121) in metal suitcase, the first 100 of which were signed by the band.

This Limited Deluxe Fan Edition includes:
- Metal Briefcase packaging
- Chimaira Infection Logo Flag
- Limited Edition CD/DVD of the album (Features the bonus track “Revenge” and the “Making of” DVD).
- “Syringe” USB in metal box, featuring the bonus tracks “Convictions” and “Warpath”, The Infection demos, Wallpapers, Buddy Icons and "Resurrection" video.
- Guitar Pick Pack featuring 4 signature picks.
- Booklet featuring never before seen photos of the band in studio.
- Laminate backstage pass (Includes exclusive access code).

Memory Stick includes instrumental demos for all tracks on the album (minus the bonus tracks). The files are in MP3 format, divided into 3 folders:
- Tracks 1 and 2 "The Infection (Bonus Tracks)" folder.
- Tracks 3 to 12 "The Infection (Demos)" folder.
- Track 13 "Folder: The Infection (Extra Material)" folder.

CD/DVD released 20th April 2009 on Ferret Music (F9121) / Nuclear Blast Records (NB 2335-0).

CD released in Brazil by Paranoid Records on September 2009.

CD tracks was recorded at Anteup Studios, Cleveland, Ohio and Spider Studios, Strongsville, Ohio.
Mixed at Planet-Z. Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York City.

Produced by Ben Schigel.

Thanks to UMUR, Bosh66, Unitron for the updates

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Kingcrimsonprog
Chimaira are certainly not a band to rest on their laurels. I got into Chimaira back when Nu Metal was still popular, back with Pass Out of Existence, which may be seen as almost embarrassing by modern standards but Chimaira have since become one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and have proven time and again their artistic prowess while never sacrificing their core metal qualities.

After The band became the darlings of the metal community with The Impossibility Of Reason Chimaira have set out on a path to create the perfect metal album, with their very progressive and dense self titled album they proved they could be artistic as well as brutal and with Resurrection the band mixed super slow numbers with break neck speeds to create a varied and interesting listening experience.

With The Infection it almost seems like Chimaira are fearlessly taking the parts of their debut album that did work (Think 'Severed' and parts of 'Sphere' or 'Painting The White To Grey') mixing them with the slower moments from Resurrection (Think 'Killing The Beast,' 'Six' and 'The Flame') and making the whole mix both fun and relevant to modern metal.

The whole album forges along at a mid tempo pace, sounding for the most part like the breakdowns from your average NWOAHM song turned into an entire song. The emphasis, for the entire album is firmly on 'Groove.' This is by no means a bad thing, as The Infection is one of the most intricate, fun and heavy releases modern metal has to offer. Chimaira fearlessly seek groove after groove without once resorting to killer speeds just for the sake of balance, a refreshing attitude by any band.

Mark Hunter; one of the greatest vocalists in Metal has the admirable quality of growing with each passing release and The Infection is no exception, Mark displays a wider array of voices and styles than on any other Chimaira record from soulful singing, to straight up Death Metal vocals by way of his trademark screams.

The band's underrated additional sound man Chris Spicuzza is at his most noticeable since the band's controversial debut album, laying down keyboards, theremin and other electronics in a way which is both tasteful and exciting, revealing hidden depth in the music and adding an additional layer of complexity to the already virtuosic music. All this praise to levy and the three string players still remain uncredited, the dependable Jim and Matt perform as well as everyone expects and guitar legend Rob adopts a more subtle approach on these songs, making the whole affair seem like a more concrete band collective, rather than Rob's solo project.

Standout tracks include the varied opener 'The Venom Inside,' the catchy 'On Broken Glass,' and the epic instrumental closer 'The Heart Of It All.'

Chimaira's newest album is far from a rehash of their previous work, but rounds out their career in such a way as too make every one of their previous albums seem to form a complete set. The Infection takes direction from all of the bands previous works; be it the high in mix electronics from the debut, the guitar tones from Impossibility, the artistic outlook from the self titled and the slow heavy menace of Resurrection and combines them to form the band's most vital and interesting album to date.

The music is as heavy as its ever been, the production is top notch, the songs are memorable and well written and the lyrics fit well with the rest of the band's repertoire, The Infection is arguably the band's finest album to date.

**** This limited edition contains the Bonus track 'Warpath,' which is more than up to the same standard as the rest of the album, and fits well altogether. It also contains a brilliant 'Making Of DVD' made by the same people who made the last 2 Chimaira DVDs. If you've seen one of those you'll know what to expect; if not rest assured you're money is well spent, Chimaria always release stylish and informative documentaries which display large amounts of artistic performance, band interviews and flow at a surprisingly well designed pace.

If you are a fan of Chimaira, do not hesitate, order this as soon as you can, It really is that good. ****

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