I am a Chimaira fan and love their previous albums, Ressurection in particular and also their self titled album so I was expecting it to be better or at the least on par with them... How wrong I was! Ok, I can appreciate the band want to develop their sound to something new, that's fine but I personally did not enjoy this record half as much, mainly because for the most part it is much slower than the other albums, and lacks intensity. I was expecting them to develop into something much faster and better and intense but no it was not to be, im sorry to say i did not enjoy it that much, I gave it 3 stars just because I am being generous as I am a fan and I can appreciate that they want to experiment their sound but it wasn't for me, for BIG Chimaira fans only I would say, for fans expecting something that is gonna surpass Ressurection then not so much.
This album is good but samey but I like it so it got four stars because four stars equals I like it
is it not like ressurecition because it is a slowl tempo almost sludgy losts of open bottom string playing and double bass drum with passages of leady type things going on
how ever it kind of starts to sound the same after a few songs but I like the style of playing it is heavy and sort of groovy you could almost dance to it but this album would haff been better wif some variety in it and lot more keyboard in it.
however it is still heavy and a solid realease with some interesting lead work though the rythm work is mostly just triple picked machine gun style work
you might get bored with it you might not it is a very album that some people might not like but some people will love
the Dvd bonus is quite good it give you a bhind the scenes of the making of the album which is ALWAYS insteresting so that makes it slightly better.
I think stand out tracks
track one The Venom inside Track four Secrets of the dead ( has some hearable synth) Track 5 the disappearing sun is also pretty good
however everything else does tend to just sort of drift in to each other I think however this is the Chimaira album I listen to the most