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Chimaira/ETID In Portsmouth

Posted on February 12, 2008

We asked you to send in your reviews of the Chimaira/Every Time I Die UK tour, and promised all those posted up, and sent in with addresses would receive a little something in the mail… Conor McClarin’s review of the Portsmouth show is as follows… “To start off, me and a mate came out of college early to go to the Chimaira instore signing in Portsmouth, we had been waiting there for ages in the cold and the rain as the queue began to grow, eventually we got in and it was well worth the wait, the guys were unbelieveably friendly! and seemed to be looking forward to the nights show with quite a lot of anticipation. Eventually time came round for the gig to start and the doors opened – the Wedge was packed like never before, you couldn’t move inside. I hadn’t heard anything by ‘Every Time I Die’ or ‘Stampin’ Ground’ but I was definitely looking forward to seeing them. They kept everyone waiting for what seemed an eternity until eventually they came on. ‘Every Time I Die’ were fantastic even though the mosh pit was more of a boxing ring as people had their asses kicked. ‘Stampin’ Ground’ were up soon after and made one hell of an impression, splitting the crowd, starting circle pits, and proving they’re excellent live performers. Then came the big guns, the stage covered in smoke so thick you couldn’t see, the lights dimmed as the hundreds of people waited cheering and screaming until a nice acoustic piece of guitaring came out of the fog – before suddenly becoming ‘Power Trip’, Chimaira were back! with a vengance. Mark soon apologised for their short set at the excellent Roadrage 2003 and made up for it with an over hour long set! And not for a minute was it boring. The crowd went insane. It was one of the best gigs I’d ever been too, and I’ve been to a lot of gigs. Chimaira were outstanding. The new drummer has set in very well even doing an incredible solo which seemed to last forever. Circle pits once again started, and the crowd was split by Mark, leaving three huge guys in the middle waiting for the crowd to break at which point Mark screamed “Get these guys some body bags!”. The night ended with ‘Pure Hatred’ which the crowd went mad for and sung along to in unison. Overall it was a fantastic evening and I’m just hoping and praying Chimaira come back soon.” Conor

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