Mark Hunter (musician)

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Mark Hunter
Chimaira - Mark Hunter - 2008-2.jpg
Mark Hunter performing live with Chimaira at the Nokia Theatre Times Square, on June 25, 2008
Background information
Also known as Metal Moses
Born (1977-05-26) May 26, 1977 (age 37)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres Groove metal, metalcore, nu metal
Occupation(s) Musician, health coach
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Theremin, Keyboards
Years active 1998-present
Labels Roadrunner Records, Nuclear Blast, Ferret Music, E1
Associated acts Chimaira

Mark Hunter (born May 26, 1977) is an American musician, blogger, and was the vocalist for the heavy metal band Chimaira.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Mark Hunter was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 26, 1977. He attended culinary school at the Polaris Culinary Academy and is continuing education through voracious reading and online courses. Hunter practiced Muay Thai and was featured in the July 2008 edition of Fight! Magazine, and the April 2009 edition of MMA Weekly. He is a proponent of isolation tanks, medicinal cannabis[3][4] and is a supporter of the biohacking community often endorsing The Bulletproof Executive.[5] Hunter recently became a wellness coach specializing in stress management, weight management, and critical thinking. He has also hinted at being a supporter of libertarianism.

Chimaira[edit]

Mark Hunter started Chimaira in 1998.[6] The band has sold over a million albums worldwide[7] and have debuted on the Billboard 200 Chart six times.[8] 2013's Crown of Phantoms debuted at number 54 selling over 7,400 copies in its first week of release.[9] Hunter was one of the main songwriters for Chimaira and considered the band leader. He is also credited in the album liner notes for assisting with guitars, artwork concepts and album production.[10] [11][12]

He was the only original member of Chimaira after departures in 2010 and 2011. [13] [14] Cleveland Scene Magazine nicknamed Hunter "Metal Moses" in 2002 for his popularization of the Wall of Death[15][16] It is accepted that he coined the phrase "New Wave Of American Heavy Metal" by suggesting the band place the words on the back of a T-Shirt in 2002 and then on a promotional sampler CD. No publication used the phrase prior to Chimaira and it has since become a cultural meme.[17]

Chimaira discography[edit]

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Writing and blogs[edit]

Hunter writes regular columns for Revolver Magazine and GunShyAssassin. Some of topics include meditation, travel, and nutrition. He penned the liner notes for the Best of Mercyful Fate.

Previous bands and guest work[edit]

  • Guitarist and vocalist for Cleveland hardcore band Skipline (1995-1997)
  • Guitarist for stoner rock band High Point (2003)
  • Guitarist for The Demonic Knights of Aberosh
  • Contributed backing vocals on "In the Face of the Faceless" by Forever in Terror on the album Restless in the Tides
  • Contributed vocals to "13 Years" by Stemm on the album Songs for the Incurable Heart
  • Contributed vocals to "The Enemy" on the album Roadrunner United
  • Contributed vocals to "Mask Of The Damned" by The Elite on the "World War 3" EP
  • Contributed vocals to "Faith Destroyed" by Excellent Cadaver on the album Faith Destroyed

Social media[edit]

In 2011, Hunter took to his Twitter and Facebook accounts to discuss his frustration with the music industry resulting in praise from fellow musicians and journalists.

Production credits[edit]

Influences[edit]

Hunter has cited Stanley Kubrick, Gaspar Noé, Trent Reznor, and Slayer to be among some of his top influences. Some inspiration for lyrical content was drawn from Hunter's well known love of movies. Beyond The Black Rainbow, Fire Walk With Me, and The Shining have been mentioned in numerous interviews.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Chimaira". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Crown of Phantoms - Chimaira - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dear Hunter: Episode 2 - The Iso-Tank - Gunshy Assassin". Gunshy Assassin. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Mark hunter of Chimaira on bulletproof coffee". Asguardians. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chimaira - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "HEAVY Magazine - Chimaira To Release New Album Crown of Phantoms". HEAVY Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chimaira". Billboard.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Chimaira". Billboard.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Impossibility of Reason - Chimaira - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Chimaira – Crown Of Phantoms". Metal Blast!. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "NO CLEAN SINGING » AN NCS INTERVIEW: MARK HUNTER (CHIMAIRA)". Nocleansinging.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chimaira – Crown Of Phantoms". Metal Blast!. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "ROB ARNOLD AND MATT DEVRIES LEAVE CHIMAIRA". MetalSucks. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "metalupdate.com - Features". Metalupdate.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Urban Dictionary: Metal Moses". Urban Dictionary. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Chimaira: 'A Lot Of People Don't Know That We Coined The NWOAHM Phrase'". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Chimaira - Music Biography, Credits and Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mark Hunter (Chimaira)- Musician Profile". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  20. ^ [2][dead link]