Pass Out of Existence

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Pass Out of Existence
Chimaira Pass Out of Existance.jpg
Studio album by Chimaira
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded 2001 at Third Stone in North Hollywood, California
Genre Nu metal,[1][2] death metal[2]
Length 62:30
66:31 (with bonus track)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Andrew Murdock
Chimaira chronology
This Present Darkness
(2000)
Pass out of Existence
(2001)
The Impossibility of Reason
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Pass out of Existence is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Chimaira, released on October 2, 2001. According to vocalist Mark Hunter, as of 2003, the band has sold 44,000 copies of the album in the United States.

Some editions of the album include a hidden track at the end of "Jade," extending the track's total runtime to 13:57. The Japanese/Australian pressing includes the bonus track "Without Moral Restraint."

Prior to the band's debut release, the track "Dead Inside" was performed on the short lived USA Network program Farmclub.com. This prompted Roadrunner Records to sign Chimaira.[3][3]

The album features a different sound from their later albums, leaning more towards nu metal.

Production[edit]

Unlike other Chimaira records, Pass Out of Existence was recorded with seven-string guitars in Dropped A tuning.[4] It emphasizes programming and sampling and, consequently, has been considered less heavy than Chimaira's following albums. In a 2004 interview, programmer Chris Spicuzza acknowledged this but pointed out that it was largely an issue of mixing that gives this impression.[5] Vocalist Mark Hunter would later disparage the sampling as "ear candy" and stated that the band's 2003 effort had a more focused approach to sampling.[6]

Touring and promotion[edit]

In October 2001, Chimaira would join and befriend Slayer on their God Hates the World Tour. This would later prove beneficial when drummer Ricky Evensand left Chimaira in 2004; going on advice from Slayer guitarist Kerry King, Mark Hunter contacted Kevin Talley who would go on to fill the role for two years.

The album cover is featured in the movie The Rules of Attraction along with other Roadrunner bands such as Fear Factory and Slipknot. They would later tour with both bands in the Jagermesiter Tour in 2004.

A dark music video was filmed for the song "Sp Lit" which gained airplay on Uranium.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chimaira, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Let Go" 3:51
2. "Dead Inside" 3:45
3. "Severed" 3:16
4. "Lumps" 3:54
5. "Pass Out of Existence" 3:24
6. "Abeo" 1:44
7. "Sp Lit" 3:12
8. "Painting the White to Grey" 4:44
9. "Taste My..." 4:02
10. "Rizzo" (written by Chimaira and Stephen Carpenter of Deftones) 4:38
11. "Sphere" 4:20
12. "Forced Life" 3:48
13. "Options" 3:50
14. "Jade" 13:58
Total length: 62:30

Personnel[edit]

Chimaira[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Stephen Carpenter – Guitars on "Rizzo"
  • Justin Walden – Additional keyboards and programming

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Andrew Murdock
  • Recorded by Andrew Murdock, Justin Walden and Scott Francisco (Recorded at Third Stone, N. Hollywood)
  • Mixed by Andrew Murdock and Ted Regier (Mixed at Larrabee Studios, W. Hollywood)
  • Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering
  • Artwork by Michael Bodine II and Neil Allardice
  • Artwork direction by Chris Spicuzza
  • Photography by Daniel Moss

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 12 Most Underrated Nu Metal Albums". VH1.  (15 September 2015). Retrieved on 18 September 2015
  2. ^ a b c Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b "Rob Arnold Rocks - Chimaira". www.robarnoldrocks.com. 
  4. ^ Holland, Brian D. Rob Arnold Interview Modern Guitars Magazine (August 21, 2007). Retrieved on 12-04-10.
  5. ^ Interview With Chris Spicuzza of Chimaira MetalUnderground.com (2004). Retrieved on 12-04-10.
  6. ^ Veltkamp, Frisco Chimaira with Mark Hunter Rockzine.com (May 30, 2003). Retrieved on 12-04-10.