When: Fri., Aug. 16, 6 p.m. 2013
Just as you can never step into the same river twice, you can never see the same Chimaira twice—even by metal standards, the Cleveland-based groove-metal band has changed lineups a ridiculous number of times, and they’ve been pronounced dead so often you’d think people would finally realize they’re immortal. Front man Mark Hunter, the only member left from the band’s founding in 1998, has a superhuman talent for summoning good players to his side, even though he doesn’t often keep them long—nobody else in the current crew came aboard before 2009. The lineup that made the band’s brand-new seventh full-length, Crown of Phantoms (E1 Music), ought to pass its first proper road test with flying colors, provided it maintains the album’s tight ferocity onstage. Chimaira remains strictly disciplined, despite all the comings and goings—the tracks are all relatively concise, no-nonsense curb stompings, crowned by Hunter’s eldritch gurgle. The fact that Crown of Phantoms doesn’t take any radical detours (it’s not a standout in the band’s catalog, for better or for worse) is just more evidence that Chimaira is a tight ship under a dangerously focused captain. —Monica Kendrick Threat Signal, the Browning, Dark Sermon, Of Wolves, and Pale Horseman open.
Price: $18, $16 in advance