CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter spoke to MTV.com about the group's self-titled third disc, due on August 9 via Roadrunner.
"We could make 'The Impossibility of Reason' part two, which would have been absolutely no challenge whatsoever, or there was option two: totally reinvent ourselves," Hunter said. "That seemed more challenging, and at the same time, more fun. We didn't want to put out the same record over and over again, and I think this album is such a breath of fresh air — especially considering what's going on with heavy music right now."
None of the album's 10 tracks clock in at less than five minutes. But the band didn't set out to record mammoth songs — they just sort of happened.
"We didn't want to have any restraints or follow any specific guidelines," Hunter said. "We wanted the songs to play out for as long as they needed to, and have peaks and dynamics rather than doing the standard 'verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/end.' If a chorus was great, we wanted to make you wait for it."
The band's European fans will be able to score a limited-edition, double-CD rendition of the new disc when it hits stores in August; the special version will boast nine additional tracks, seven of them live, and covers of two songs from guitarist Matt DeVries' former band, ASCENSION: "Clayden" and "Malignant".