With Chimaira releasing, The Age of Hell, its most brutal record to date, frontman Mark Hunter finds enlightenment in the darkness. For the first time the band recorded primarily as a duo, with Mark and guitarist Rob Arnold carrying the load, while long time friend and producer Ben Schigel helped in the writing process, and walloped the drums.
The album’s title and message talks of the darkness that has consumed America and society as whole, and Hunter acknowledges that our not-to-distant future is going to look starkly different than it does today. Whether there is redemption, a cleansing, or extinction remains to be seen, but so far as a whole we have been blind to what is coming, our heads buried in Kardashian banality and iPhone trivialism.
On the day following the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy I had the opportunity to speak with Hunter about The Age of Hell; both the album and the state of our being. We spoke of “the singularity”, hyper-dimensions, artificial intelligence and evolution. Mark talked about the newest members of the Chimaira family, and the band’s touring plans for the next year.