Sad news for heavy metal fans, this week, Chimaira announced after fifteen years of being together that the band was ending. On Sept. 1, 2014, lead guitarist Emil Werstler announced his departure from the band. A day later, rhythm guitarist Matt Szlachta, keyboardist/vocalist Sean Zatorsky, bassist Jeremy Creamer, and drummer Austin D’Armond also announced their departure from the band. Lead singer Mark Hunter was the only one that did not make a statement until he posted on the band’s official Facebook page:
“After fifteen full blown ass ripping years, it is with great honor to announce the end of Chimaira. Thanks to everyone that supported the group in any way shape or form. Everyone involved with the band from members to fans put their heart and soul into this project. We achieved a lot. We bled a lot. It fucking ruled” — Mark Hunter
Chimaira was formed in 1998, in Cleveland, Ohio. The band made an impact on the new wave of American heavy metal scene in the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Their debut EP, This Present Darkness was released in 2000 and charted in the top 10 at Metal Radio.