Chimaira - The Impossibility of Reason
The destructive premise of The Impossibility of Reason becomes immediately apparent from the blunt force attack of Cleansation, which kicks off with a percussive preamble by drummer Andols Herring. This is a slaying opener that hits with a force of a freight train and just keeps on coming, setting the crushing tone of the album.
Unforgiving, trouncing grooves form the backbone of The Impossibility of Reason, endowing the album with concussive power that turns it into the musical equivalent of a UFC bout. More variation is present within the songs, ranging from circle pit-inspiring thrash-tinged arrangements to brutally catchy breakdowns. As the emphasis of The Impossibility of Reason is on bludgeoning groove metal assault, it’s comparatively light on melody, with Down Again and Implements of Destruction being the most tuneful songs.
The Impossibility of Reason presents plenty of evidence of ubiquitous improvements of Chimaira as an uncompromising metal outfit. Mark Hunter’s blood-curdling vocal attack has grown in intensity and has all but displaced much of the nu-metal-esque performances heard on the band’s previous album, Pass Out of Existence. Less electronic elements and vocal effects are used, but keysmith Chris Spicuzza is still there to inject haunting electronic touches into the torrent the oppressive drop C riffing. Herring’s drumming is varied, technical and inventive; his chops have evolved to match the ball-tearing string work of guitarists Matt DeVries and Rob Arnold and bassist Jim LaMarca.
Impossibility is an avalanche of raw aggression that neither caters to palatability nor pines for unanimous acceptance; it’s a no-bullshit, forceful and bone-breaking metal album to give your grandma for her 70th.