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Concert Review: Chimaira


Cleveland’s Chimaira rocked Norwich, England last night in front of an energetic crowd.   Special guests Neosis and Revoker provided support which made the evening actually quite diverse, musically. First and foremost, for those that thought Chimaira should hang it up after the mass departure of long-time band members, you should rethink your status with the band.  Despite some negative feedback (not from me) about their latest album, The Age of Hell, Chimaira knows how to put on a show.  And that is reason enough to keep Chimaira on your list of bands to see.  Nothing but smiling faces after the show.

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 15 Albums of 2011


To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!

If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example.  I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists.  I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like.  Thank you for tuning in this year.  We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!

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Monday Metal Madness – The Battle For Supremacy


We are going to try something new at A Metal State of Mind…a video battle.  If you guys and gals want to “play along” this is something we were thinking of posting weekly.  Check it out!

For this week, I decided to choose similar style bands that both have new videos and also new albums.  I decided to call it The Battle for Supremacy since both bands are basically at the edge of something bigger than themselves, but can’t quite seem to “get there.”  Maybe Trivium has a slight edge, but they are basically in the same ballpark.  The videos are Trivium’s Built to Fall and Chimaira’s Year of the Snake. If you want to play, all you have to do is watch and vote.  In the next installment of Monday Metal Madness, we will announce the winner and set up a new poll and then keep it going.

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Chimaira – The Age of Hell – Album Review


Chimaira’s sixth studio album, The Age of Hell, hit the shelves and digital banks this week.  If you do not have a copy yet, you are missing out on something special.  This bone-crushing album is top-notch Chimaira.  With a 50% change in personnel, some could have predicted that Chimaira’s future was uncertain.  On August 16th, all worries were set aside.  The Age of Hell is raw Chimaira metal.

First of all, I would like to congratulate Emil Werstler, Sean Z, and Austin D’Amond for being inaugurated into the Midwest’s best metal band.  Guys, welcome to the beast known as Chimaira.

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Chimaira Set To Release New Album


Cleveland, Ohio thrashers are set to release The Age of Hell on August 16th.  This is good news because it is not in September, but it’s just around the corner.  I haven’t heard much from Chimaira since they announced the departure of their bassist shortly after the CD/DVD release of Coming Alive.  I haven’t checked their website since then so this was a nice surprise. I wish I had more information like a track list or a story behind the album, but Chimaira.com didn’t have any info except for the date of release and what I assume was their album cover acting at the website wallpaper.  Here is a track off YouTube called Born in Blood which features Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel.  Seems to me Chimaira is getting more and more brutal with each release.  This track is no different.

Another track called Trigger Finger.