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Chimaira/ETID in Sheffield

Posted on February 12, 2008

The Date: 11th Feb The Venue: The Corporation The Band: The one and only CHIMAIRA!!!!! Finally, after a decade long drought of decent bands playing Sheffield, Chimaira brought some true metal to the home of the worlds finest steel – kinda apt dontcha think? Went to the signing at record collector to complete my album covers (Missed Jim and Andols at Rock City last year) now have a full set of scribes on P.O.O.E. and T.I.O.R woo hoo!!! cheers guys!!! Then even better luck, went to the Devonshire Cat pub just up from the Corp (as we regulars refer to the venue) to see Rob, Matt, Jim and Chris sampling some British pub grub before getting on with the job of laying Sheffield to waste!!! So several pints of beer and a couple shots of Jager worse for wear I headed to the club in anticipation………. As it turned out, I missed most of E.T.I.D’s set but from what i did see & hear they look like a band to keep an eye on. Very shortly after Stampin’ Ground came on and played a blinding set of metal/hardcore – hopefully they’ll have converted some doubters. So with a front row place secured – and i wasn’t about to give it up for anyone – it was time for the band most people were there for: the AWESOME CHIMAIRA. As soon as the first notes of Implements Of Destruction blasted out, bodies surged to the front and roars came forth from every mouth in the venue, until we heard the one two of Power Trip and Cleanstaion what a pair of tracks to open with! After that the set went in the same order that other reviewers have posted (no complaints from me here! and i’m guessing everyone in the club felt the same) although Mark did get a top comedy response to his question “What did Moses do?” someone shouted back “SMOKED WEED!!!!” cue laughs from Mark and the band before jumping into my personal favourite track, The Dehumanizing Process. The rest of the gig was faultless and my voice was well and truly shagged by the end of the show – you have to hand it to Mark being able to do this night after night. As i write this my front still aches from being forced into the crowd barrier for an hour and a half, but i wouldn’t have it any other way so cheers a bunch Chimaira for a top night out!!! P.S. reading this weeks Kerrang the band said that a lot of kids who went to instores weren’t going to the gigs – all i can say is they missed out bigtime!!! P.P.S. Spoke to Matt at the bar in the club after the gig and he told me that the band “won’t be pussying out on our next record” – good news as far as i’m concerned. So thanks Roadrunner and Chimaira for making this tour happen – hope to see Killswitch come to Sheffield when they promote their new album. Jason Houlihan

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