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Interview with Chimaira vocalist Mark Hunter

9 June 2011 15 Comments

By: Andrew

Chimaira vocalist Mark Hunter Live Black and White

Mark Hunter of Chimaira

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Chimaira are one of the few heavier bands that manage to have a distinct sound on each record. They were never a priority at Roadrunner. As Mark eluded to during our conversation, Chimaira has primarily been a support act. Granted, I’m sure they could headline and draw. However, the mere fact they weren’t headling mid-sized clubs during their Roadrunner run is a testament to the lack of promotion, belief, and support on behalf of the label. I’m unsure how Mark feels about those comments, but in my mind, there is no logical explanation for how a band this talented, this powerful, this melodic and this rip-your-face-off-brutal didn’t achieve more success.

Chimaira fan or not, you’re going to enjoy this audio. It’s not for the Chimaira purists that want to know everything Chimaira, but geared towards those on the fringe or largely unfamiliar to their body of work. We touched on quite a bit, ranging from Mark quitting Chimaira for five minutes to Adema. I’m not a fan of interviews conducted in the middle of the day, but I will say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, this was effortless. Mark Hunter was an awesome guest. Great conversationalist, great personality, and one tremendous singer.

I’m off to blast “Resurrection” and “Empire” at ear-splitting volume.

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15 Comments »

  • Pony1 said:

    Chimaira has a different texture to their sound because of their use and acceptance of eletronics. Now this isnt to say that they’re industrial, but the use of keyboards is means to add depth to their music and also seperate them from alot of standard thrash bands.

    I would recommend them to anyone.

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  • 1942 said:

    I never got into these guys despite trying every so often. I support All Knowing Force but the reporting is always skewed. If these guys like something it gets praised relentlessly to the high heavens. After listing to this show and reading the blurbs Andrew wrote you’d think Chimaira was Metallica. That’s doing the listeners and injustice.

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  • qwerty80 said:

    This was the 1st AKF show in 2 years that didn’t mention Sevendust!

    Congratulations! I know it must have been hard.

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  • Trip Tony said:

    Chimaira & Soilwork were also interchangeable to me. I haven’t listened much to Chimaira since they departed RR. Mark comes of well here. Hard not to like a guy like that.

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  • LOCH NESS said:

    Love Chimaira. Love Mark as a vox.

    Keep the shows like this fellas. Mucho prefer the conversations as opposed to interviews.

    BRING ON THE AGE OF HELL!

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  • Yigger Nes said:

    Been a big fan of these guys for years and always excited for their new material. The Age Of Hell won’t disappoint. Let’s see how E1 does getting it out there to the masses.

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  • StrmChsr said:

    Great spot guys. Where was Darius? In a tunnel?

    You should do an all nu metal show.

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  • Deadpool said:

    I’m not a Chimaira fan but Mark sounds like a cool dude. Fun spot guys.

    I agree with the guy above me – sounded like Darius was in a tunnel.

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  • Kieran O said:

    1942:
    I never got into these guys despite trying every so often. I support All Knowing Force but the reporting is always skewed. If these guys like something it gets praised relentlessly to the high heavens. After listing to this show and reading the blurbs Andrew wrote you’d think Chimaira was Metallica. That’s doing the listeners and injustice.

    Commenting on articles isn’t my bag; don’t care for the drama.

    I’ve followed this show for a good amount of time now and the only reason I listen to this show is because the reporting is skewed. I’m not familiar with Darius enough to say something at this point of time but I’ve known Andrew outside of this site for a # of years through several music biz contacts and he knows his stuff. That’s why I put up with the seemingly endless absurd comments. It entertains me and that should be the goal of any show.

    Cheers on a great show lads. Mark too. Great chat.

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  • mAAT said:

    HAVENT LISTENED TO THEM IN 5 YEARS SINCE THE FERRET DEBUT BUT WLL GIVE THIS A CHANCE

    ENJOYABLE 40 MIN LISTEN, 🙂

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  • devilsintent said:

    This made the work day go by much faster.

    I’m trying to decide whether Andrew has brass balls or is stupid. I’m thinking maybe he should tone it down to risk not offending anyone.

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  • common person said:

    I heard the first 2 songs released and they’re killer Chimaira songs. Always changin it up. Chimaira is FEARLESS.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    1942:
    I never got into these guys despite trying every so often. I support All Knowing Force but the reporting is always skewed. If these guys like something it gets praised relentlessly to the high heavens. After listing to this show and reading the blurbs Andrew wrote you’d think Chimaira was Metallica. That’s doing the listeners and injustice.

    All Knowing Force is NOT a news site. We report facts accurately, but our opinions, especially mine, are always “skewed.”

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    qwerty80:
    This was the 1st AKF show in 2 years that didn’t mention Sevendust!

    Congratulations! I know it must have been hard.

    While some might think your comment is sarcastic – the sad part is, it’s probably true.

    StrmChsr:
    Great spot guys. Where was Darius? In a tunnel?

    You should do an all nu metal show.

    He was on a cell phone, which doubles as a portable tunnel.

    devilsintent:
    This made the work day go by much faster.

    I’m trying to decide whether Andrew has brass balls or is stupid. I’m thinking maybe he should tone it down to risk not offending anyone.

    I don’t have “brass balls” by any means. The entire world needs to be desensitized. Look, there isn’t anything I say or write that requires “brass balls.” You’re just not used to hearing it. Hence, why every other show besides All Knowing Force is totally boring. And we can be boring too, though. Just check out our recent conversation with the Meat Puppets.

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  • bragg2 said:

    Don’t usually comment although been a listener for many years. Keep em coming like this, kinda got stale for a while.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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