Published Sep 04, 2014Following a 15-year run that yielded seven full-lengths and countless concert appearances, Cleveland metalcore crew Chimaira have broken up. The news may not be too surprising considering most of the members had announced their departure earlier this month, but vocalist Mark Turner officially threw in the towel today (September 4) through the outfit's Facebook page.
"After fifteen full blown ass ripping years, it is with great honor to announce the end of Chimaira," reads a statement. "Thanks to everyone that supported the group in any way shape or form. Everyone involved with the band from members to fans put their heart and soul into this project. We achieved a lot. We bled a lot. It fucking ruled."
Though details are slim, the group's fall-apart began on September 1 when guitarist Emil Werstler announced his departure. A statement from the six-stringer explained: "Although this was a difficult choice to make, I feel it was necessary in order to take the next step in my career. The best is still yet to come and I'm very excited for the multiple projects I am working on."
The next day, guitarist Matt Szlachta, keyboardist/vocalist Sean Zatorsky, bassist Jeremy Creamer and drummer Austin D'Amond collectively revealed their exit from the outfit, leaving founding member Turner as the lone man in Chimaira. The band had undergone several member changes over the years, with most of the final lineup having joined after 2011. Zatorsky had been in the band since 2000.
The band's last full-length effort was 2013's Crown of Phantoms. You'll find a video for album track "Wrapped in Violence" down below.