CHIMAIRA Bassist Quits; Temporary Replacement Announced

Cleveland, Ohio metallers CHIMAIRA have released the following statement:

"After a decade of good times and achievements, our friend and band mate Jim LaMarca [bass] has decided to retire from CHIMAIRA. We wish him nothing but the best as he settles in and starts a family. As for seeking a replacement… we'll cross that bridge down the line. In the meantime, consider it 'business as usual' with the CHIMAIRA you know and love.

"Emil Werstler [DAATH guitarist] will be handling the bass duties for the rest of the year, and we'll see you on the road!"

CHIMAIRA will embark on a short headlining tour in late November with support from IMPENDING DOOM, DAATH and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE. Dubbed the "Blue Collar Brawler Tour", the trek will include the following dates:

Nov. 24 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov. 26 - Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa
Nov. 27 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
Nov. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theater
Nov. 29 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Nov. 30 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Dec. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Dec. 02 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Dec. 03 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Dec. 04 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club

CHIMAIRA will play its eleventh annual Christmas show on December 30 at the House of Blues in the band's hometown.

CHIMAIRA released a DVD/CD set, "Coming Alive", on July 20 via Ferret Music. This unprecedented release includes a four-part documentary filmed over the course of a year and a half while the entire package includes over seven hours of exclusive content. The DVD, filmed entirely in HD, showcases CHIMAIRA in the studio while recording its latest album, "The Infection", and chronicles the band's recent, worldwide touring season.

According to a press release, "Coming Alive" is an in-depth look into CHIMAIRA's life and music in the studio and on the road. Not only does the DVD set include this amazing documentary piece, another section, "Chimaira Xmas: Live Concert Film", celebrates the 10th annual CHIMAIRA Christmas show in Cleveland, Ohio, which took place on December 30, 2009. 13 HD cameras capture CHIMAIRA releasing their fury for their hometown crowd on a dark and snowy night in December. Bonus features on the DVD include a 45-minute "Resurrection" "making-of" documentary, a 40-minute home-video documentary of never-before-seen moments, and a live CD featuring 17 tracks recorded at CHIMAIRA's December 2009 Christmas show.

CHIMAIRA guitarist Rob Arnold was interviewed on a recent installment of the "Iron City Rocks" podcast (web site). The podcast is now available for streaming using the audio player below.

"Iron City Rocks" podcast (audio):

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