The Age Of Hell
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The Age Of Hell

26 Aug 2011

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  Song Title
The Age Of Hell
Losing My Mind
Time Is Running Out
Year Of The Snake
Beyond The Grave
Born In Blood
Trigger Finger

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Aug 2011
  • Label: Long Branch Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Long Branch Records
  • Total Length: 49:45
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  • ASIN: B005G5BS0U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,313 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chimaira - The Age Of Hell 16 Aug 2011
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Chimaira have had a rough time; it seemed as though the world was at their feet in the wake of their zeitgeist grabbing second album The Impossibility Of Reason which was released in 2003, but after that album had passed the press never kept up the same level of interest in the band.

In 2009; Chimaira released possibly their strongest album to date, `The Infection,' and no one seemed to actually notice outside a circle of existing fans. One would frequently hear people say things like they though Chimaira had broke up, or that they only made one good album anyway.

This was quite unfair as Chimaira have been one of the most consistent bands in the entire genre; continually churning out extremely strong albums, constantly improving as musicians and songwriters and genuinely putting in huge amounts of effort live and in relations with their fans.

Now it is 2011 and the band have lost three members (Jim La Marca, Chris Spicuzza and Andols Herrick) but returned to the studio with long time collaborator Ben Schigel, who has both produced the album and performed as the drummer as well to create their sixth studio album, The Age Of Hell.

As always vocalist Mark Hunter and lead guitarist Rob Arnold form the core songwriting unit, so the album still retains the overall Chimaira sound. Rob's guitar style anchors the album; Mark's vocal range has always expanded slightly with each new record and The Age Of Hell adds a few new dimensions to the man's repertoire.

The songs are all a lot shorter and more direct than on previous Chimaira albums and mostly faster than on The Infection, which focused more on the band's groove side, you almost get the sense that the band seem to have made a concerted effort not to repeat The Infection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the age of decent chimaira 9 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
i myself am a loyal chimaira fan, i have every album theyve done in special edition where available
the first albums okay 2 and 3 are brilliant and brutal ressurection has good tracks and a couple that i felt would be better not on the album. the infection was okay but it didnt have anything particulary special about it.
then you have the age of hell there are 4 or 5 brilliantly brutal tracks on it that are an instant win for me the vocalist from whitechapel makes an apperance on born in blood which is my favourite track and they even did a cover of wild thing dedicated to charlie sheen for his recent media attention which has gained him a ledgendary status with anyone with a sense of humour :-P
the rest of the album is good it took a bit of time to grow on me which is why i gave it four stars its not like impossibility of reason that didnt leave my cd player for 6 months or the self titled that plauged me while i was vunerable and extremley anxiety ridden but its just so brutal that i gopt through it and now love it.
the special edition includes 3 bonus tracks (scum of the earth, your days are numbered, and wild thing) and a dvd which is interesting for die hard fans as it goes into the goings on since half the band left and you meet the new guys. so all in all im happy i bought this and i honestly dont regret buying this editionb when i couldve got a lesser edition free with metal hammer
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2.0 out of 5 stars Their worst album yet 14 Oct 2011
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Let me start by saying that I am a huge Chimaira fan and I own everything they've ever done.

I couldn't wait for this album to arrive, as with all other Chimaira releases, and was preparing to be blown away by the follow-up to their awesome album, The Infection. I have followed them from the very beginning and have enjoyed watching them mature and really develop their sound. I honestly think every album has been an improvement on the last, and the songwriting has become more intelligent and powerful... until now.

I know the band has been through some hard times and lost most of their original members but this album just comes across as rushed and a bit lazy to be honest. Most of the songs don't even sound like Chimaira to me, and the ones that do wouldn't even qualify as filler on their previous albums. There's no complexity in the songwriting and even the vocals (Mark Hunter has always been a favourite) are weak.

I know bands need to change their style a bit and don't want to release the same album over and over but this is a sad departure from the direction they were headed in and I just hope they can get back on track for the next album.
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