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Peter W | Interrobang | Lifestyles | March 19th, 2007

Just before I get into the meat of this week's review, I have to say that I can't believe that nobody has put in their two cents about “American Idol”! I want to know what you guys think about this season or the fact that this metal-head actually follows the show. Email me at the address above and let's get the discussions going!

Coming in the next issue or two: the review for the new Type O Negative CD, Dead Again. This is my favourite band and if you've never listened to them - get sampling and buying!

Chimaira - Resurrection

Lots of things have changed for Chimaira over the past three years: some of the band members were on the verge of quitting, the band became unhappy with Roadrunner Records. They also came to an agreement to let former drummer, Andols, come back into the fold after “feeling it” once again after the Roadrunner Records All-Star Sessions CD. Usually when a band goes through that much stuff, it either breaks them down, or it helps kick their music into full swing. Here, on Chimaira's newest offering, the band continues the assault that was last heard on their last self-titled release.

If you're looking for something different from their last disc, you really have to pull hard. That's not a bad thing, though, considering their last effort was well-written and structured.

On “Resurrection,” there seems to be an ode to Gojira's masterpiece from last year, because the band pulls off these melodic pick slides just like the boys from France. On “Six,” the band pulls a Slipknot with the vocal melodies and structure found in some songs off of “Vol. 3.” Lastly, I found that the synth/sampling is actually brought up more in the mix on this release, which gives some parts of the CD a Fear Factory/Mnemic feel. Hey, if these imitations were unintentional, good for them because it does make for a larger scoped album.

The icing on the cake, like usual with some of these bands, is the bonus CD that comes with the limited edition (just look for the sticker). The CD has the cool video for “Ressurection,” as well as behind the scenes look of the making of the CD and all the backstage fun that came along with it. Well, it's fun for us to watch but not necessarily the band in all cases.

Long story short here, if you like this band, you'll love this disc and be banging to your head to some of the stellar riffs here. This one will probably end up in my top five of the year.
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