The Age of Hell

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The Age of Hell
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 16, 2011
RecordedEarly 2011
LabelE1 Music
Chimaira chronology
The Infection
The Age of Hell
Crown of Phantoms
Singles from The Age of Hell
  1. "Trigger Finger"
    Released: June 17, 2011[2]
  2. "Born in Blood"
    Released: June 17, 2011[3]
  3. "The Age of Hell/Year of the Snake"
    Released: March 27, 2012[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Arcade[8]
The New Review[10]

The Age of Hell is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Chimaira. The album was released on August 16, 2011.[13] The album sold more than 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart.[14] In an interview, the band stated they have filmed a music video. On August 10, 2011, the official video for "Year of the Snake" was released. The DVD that was released through a Hot Topic edition featured a 50-minute interview with the new line up, no music videos were featured.

In the United Kingdom, the full album was given away as a free CD in the September 2011 issue of Metal Hammer magazine.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

In a review for AllMusic, critic reviewer Dave Donnelly wrote: "Drummer Andols Herrick, keyboardist Chris Spicuzza, and bassist Jim LaMarca left the Ohio metal band in the preceding months, leaving vocalist Mark Hunter to cover keyboards and guitarist Rob Arnold to take over bass duties while producer Ben Schigel deputized on drums. What's remarkable is how little an effect the stated departures had on the sound of the album. It's a very smooth and seamless transition from 2009's The Infection - so much so that it's not immediately obvious that anything has changed."[5] Rick Bakker of Metal Arcade called the album "a definite return to form for Chimaira. It's the sound of a band that has regained its confidence, learned from their mistakes and secured its foothold in the metal landscape."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Rob Arnold, Mark Hunter and Ben Schigel, except where noted

The Age of Hell track listing
1."The Age of Hell"3:32
3."Losing My Mind"4:57
4."Time Is Running Out"4:13
5."Year of the Snake"3:41
6."Beyond the Grave"4:54
7."Born in Blood" (Rob Arnold, Mark Hunter, Ben Schigel, Phil Bozeman)4:08
10."Trigger Finger"3:54
12."Samsara" (featuring Emil Werstler of Dååth)6:12
Total length:49:50
Collector's edition/iTunes bonus tracks
13."Scum of the Earth"5:03
14."Your Days Are Numbered"3:02
15."Clockwork" (Remix)4:20
16."Wild Thing" (Chip Taylor cover)2:29
Total length:64:04



Chart performance for The Age of Hell
Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard 200[14] 54
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 9
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[17] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[18] 24


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  3. ^ "Chimaira Born in Blood (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
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  5. ^ a b Donnelly, Dave. "The Age of Hell - Chimaira". Allmusic. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  6. ^ Robinson, Iann (August 22, 2011). "CraveOnline Review". CraveOnline. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  7. ^ Radojein, Sam (August 8, 2011). "Loud Mag Review". Loud. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Bakker, Rick. "Metal Arcade Review". Metal Arcade. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
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  10. ^ "The New Review". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  11. ^ Koenig, Sarah (August 9, 2011). "Revolver Review". Revolver. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  12. ^ "Sputnikmusic Review". SputnikMusic. August 15, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  13. ^ "Chimaira Reveals New Album Details".
  14. ^ a b "Chimaira Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  15. ^ "Chimaira Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  16. ^ "Chimaira Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  17. ^ "Chimaira Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  18. ^ "Chimaira Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2021.