Cleveland, Ohio's CHIMAIRA last month entered the studio in the band's hometown with producer Ben Schigel to begin recording the new CD for an April 28, 2009 North American release via Ferret Music. CHIMAIRA is looking for label to release the new album in territories outside North America (the band is no longer signed to Nuclear Blast, which released "Resurrection" in Europe).
Commented guitarist Rob Arnold: "Things are going well here at the ol' studio. Today [Tuesday, November 4] I finished working on the fifth of fourteen songs we're recording, and Matt [DeVries, guitar] is working on number six right now. My opinion on how things are sounding is.... HUGE. You really never fully understand how technically demanding a riff is until you try to lay it down for good. A lot of this stuff is hard, man — but totally catchy at the same time. I think it was Mr. Eddie Van Halen who once said, 'Man, I wish we could tour first, and then record the record!' And that's because after you've been on the road month after month, playing the songs over and over again, you're always much better at them individually, and as a band, than you are when you record them. But, oh, well... we're trying our best here, and I think everyone is going to appreciate it come April."
The fifth in a series of webisodes (see below) documenting the making of the band's new album can be viewed below.
CHIMAIRA will play its ninth annual Christmas show on December 30 at the House of Blues in the band's hometown. Tickets will be $9.99.
CHIMAIRA has teamed up with Yahoo! Live to give fans unprecedented access to the band's recording process. Fans can visit the group's official web site, and if the "Live Cam" button is lit up in red, fans can watch and listen to the band in the studio and even chat with the band members!