Well damn! Yesterday we revealed that Emil Werstler was leaving Chimaira, but that was only the beginning! Guitarist Matt Szlachta, keyboardist/vocalist Sean Zatorsky, bassist Jeremy Creamer and drummer Austin D’Amond have all decided to move on as well! Here’s the collective statement to ThePrp.com: “In light of recent news, the rest of the band have decided to part ways with Chimaira. For us this was a great stepping stone, and an honor to play these songs live, and fulfill an incredible legacy. This was an an excellent platform to help continue playing music, when our collective bands either ended or went on a hiatus. Chimaira was an amazing experience and we look forward to future music endeavors with each other.”
As with every situation, let’s look at the good and bad of this. The bad news is that Chimaira as of right now is just vocalist Mark Hunter, who’s gone through many lineup changes before and still kept this band alive. This will be another challenge for him to keep it going, but I know how much he cares about Chimaira, so hopefully he can find a way to continue. Right now the future is uncertain though.
The good news, and this is just me being greedy, is that this could open the door for a DAATH reunion. Emil, Sean and Jeremy now have more time on their hands, Eyal is producing up a storm but is still ripping on the guitar, so why can’t it happen?! I would absolutely love it, and I know many others agree too! As I said before, that’s just me being greedy because I love DAATH so much, but anything is possible right?!
As for Chimaira, let’s see what the future holds. Let’s hope Mark Hunter can keep the monster alive.