Resurrection

by

comment

Chimaira are the quiet loners of metalcore, preferring the comfort of their own dark thoughts to those of their more popular peers. While just as intense as their death-metal cousins, the Cleveland sextet is not nearly as relentless — there's too much room for melody and prog experimentalism (such as the intermittently Crimson-like 9-minute epic "Six") for their feral tastes. Nor are they attractive, lovelorn would-be frat boys from Long Island or New Jersey. When singer Mark Hunter turns his vitriolic hate inward ("No Reason to Live," "Black Heart") it's like a malevolent black hole. "Will I ever give a fuck about anyone or anything," he screeches on the heroin track "Needle," whose bleakness certainly suggests such a solution.

Fortunately, the target of these whirling hardcore metal maelstroms is as often outward, such as the thundering, gothic churner "End It All," and operatic album-closer "Empire," which indicts geopolitical aggression with, well, aggression. The album's highlight is "Worthless," which thrashes harder than Pantera, with a savage rant directed at self-satisfied narcissists. Because of Chimaira's proficiency with textures and tone, their brutal guitar pyrotechnics showcase a chiaroscuro of violence instead of the implacable black of their more predictable peers.

Chris Parker writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to letters@metrotimes.com.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.