Chimaira is an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1998, the group is a notable member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene. The band's name is derived from the word Chimera, a monstrous creature in Greek mythology. Their musical style is mainly groove metal, tied-along with metalcore, industrial metal, nu metal and death metal influences.
Their first release was the independently issued 2000 debut EP, “This Present Darkness,” which sold 10,000 copies. After signing to Roadrunner Records, they released a 14-track debut full-length, “Pass out of Existence,” in August 2001.
In May 2003, the band released their next album “The Impossibility of Reason” and peaked at #117 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The DVD collection “The Dehumanization Process” was released in 2004 and was followed by the third album, self-titled “Chimaira,” issued in 2005 and peaking at #74 on the Billboard 200.
After an internal crisis due to pressure from the label for a new release, the band moved on from Roadrunner and signed a new deal with Ferret Music. In early 2006, Chimaira recorded their fourth album “Resurrection,” which appeared in early March 2007. “Resurrection” peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest chart position.
“The Age of Hell,” their fifth full-length album, was released in 2011 via E1 Music. It reached #54 on the Billboard 200.