Mark Hunter started Chimaira in 1998. The band has sold over a million albums worldwide and have debuted on the Billboard 200 Chart six times. 2013's Crown of Phantoms debuted at number 54 selling over 7,400 copies in its first week of release. 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. He was the only original member of Chimaira after departures in 2010 and 2011. Cleveland Scene Magazine nicknamed Hunter "Metal Moses" in 2002 for his popularization of the Wall of Death 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.