Chimaira – Year of the Snake
Hey motherfuckers! I’m back from the living dead! Because that’s what I’ve been best described as over the past two weeks. Making fairly long working days of on average 16 hours and with peaks up to 20 hours turns you into a gibbering type of flesh monkey and with 80 meg Excel models crashing your computer all the time, your forehead soon turns into a bloody mess from all the headbutting the wall. I wasn’t looking too fresh.
But thankfully there was plenty of time to soak in fuckloads of Metal – at least when I wasn’t punching my laptop in the face. Just no time to write about all these fuckloads. Next to the deep-toned instrumental by Christian Olde Wolbers, one of the very few things I was able to churn out earlier, one of the most important songs to have pulled me through these weeks is Chimaira’s Year of the Snake. Every time I played the bastard its boundless energy and contained aggression breaking loose brought exactly that up in my inner being and it kept me rolling.
And so I must share!
Chimaira, out of Cleveland, Ohio, has been a household name in American Metal, despite its, what some will call, questionable early work. The Age of Hell is their latest effort, released in August of this year. I’ve seen some mixed review, though more positive than negative, but I haven’t heard much of it myself. However, Year of the Snake is such a strong track that I really cannot imagine the rest of the album being suck-ass. In fact, I think I’m going to take the deep dive and just order the whole thing without checking out what I’m signing up for.
The video for Year of the Snake is awesome, though somewhat standard in setting. What’s so damned cool about it is the dynamic use of high speed camera footage that really shows us awesome close-ups of the band doing its thing. In particular I’m enjoying the shots of drum stuff and excitations of bass and guitar strings. Also, I don’t know why vocalist Mark Hunter is trying to knock down his fellow band members by swinging his mic around, but it sure as hell looks cool in slow-mo! I totally dig the Christmas tree as well. No fuckin’ idea what that’s doing there!
Check out the Chimaira Facebook next. Perhaps get yourself some post-Christmas tickets to their show with Skeletonwitch, Salt the Wound, The World We Knew and Rogue?