The Impossibility of Reason

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The Impossibility of Reason
Studio album by Chimaira
Released May 13, 2003
Recorded 2003 at Spider Studios in Strongsville, Ohio
Genre Groove metal, metalcore
Length 59:02
63:30 (with bonus track)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Ben Schigel
Chimaira chronology
Pass out of Existence
(2001)Pass out of Existence2001
The Impossibility of Reason
Special Edition
Special Edition Cover
Special Edition Cover
Singles from The Impossibility of Reason
  1. "Down Again"
    Released: June 16, 2003[1]
  2. "The Impossibility of Reason"
    Released: 2003[2]
  3. "Eyes of a Criminal"
    Released: 2005[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Lambgoat 7/10 stars[5]

The Impossibility of Reason is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Chimaira, released on May 13, 2003. It is the first album to feature Matt DeVries on rhythm guitar. It debuted No. 117 on the Billboard 200 charts. To date the album has shifted around 200,000 copies in the US.

A limited edition version was released in 2004, which included a bonus disc called Reasoning the Impossible. The song "Army of Me" appeared on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack and introduces Matt DeVries as the band's new rhythm guitarist.


The Impossibility of Reason was recorded with six-string guitars in drop C tuning, a standard that future albums would follow, and deemphasizes electronic effects. Rob Arnold later explained that the higher tuning allows "much more clarity and power to the attack" in comparison to the murky drop A tuning used on Pass Out of Existence.[6] Thus, the album has been considered heavier than Chimaira's 2001 debut, yet still bears a melodic side. Vocalist Mark Hunter noted the album's musical growth and credited the influence of band's they toured with. He also elaborated that while the sampling featured in their previous album was "ear candy," it would be more focused to "enhance the music" on their 2003 effort. Chimaira would continue their progression of heaviness with future albums.

In an interview, Hunter described The Impossibility of Reason and compared it with the band's prior release:

"With the new album we give the listener a feeling like they can’t breathe, the songs pound you continuous. The breakdowns in the songs don’t go all soft, but stay on the heavy level."[7]

The production of The Impossibility of Reason was filmed and would be included on the Dehumanizing Process DVD in October 2004.

Touring and promotion[edit]

Chimaira toured with the likes of In Flames, Soilwork and Unearth before joining Ozzfest 2003. They also performed on European Road Rage 2003 with Spineshank and Ill Niño before heading to Japan and Australia, the latter being firsts for Chimaira.

In early 2003, a music video was filmed for the melodic "Down Again" which aired on Uranium. By autumn that same year, a video for "Pure Hatred" debuted and gained substantial airplay on Headbangers Ball. With its intense, anthemic chorus, the song became a concert favorite with significant crowd participation.[8] On November 16, 2004, "Pure Hatred" was also featured in the MythBusters episode "Exploding House" during the "talking to plants" segment.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cleansation" Arnold, DeVries, Hunter 4:09
2. "The Impossibility of Reason" Arnold, Hunter 3:42
3. "Pictures in the Gold Room" Arnold, Hunter 4:26
4. "Power Trip" Hunter 2:47
5. "Down Again" Hunter 4:20
6. "Pure Hatred" Arnold, DeVries, Hunter 4:18
7. "The Dehumanizing Process" DeVries, Hunter, Arnold 4:10
8. "Crawl" Arnold, Hunter 3:30
9. "Stigmurder" Arnold, Hunter 4:38
10. "Eyes of a Criminal" Arnold, Hunter 5:15
11. "Overlooked" Arnold, Hunter 4:10
12. "Implements of Destruction" Arnold, Hunter 13:30
Total length: 59:02
Reasoning the Impossible
No. Title Length
1. "Indifferent to Suffering" 4:22
2. "Stays the Same" (Quoted as "Removed Track" from Reasoning the Impossible version) 3:07
3. "Without Moral Restraint" 4:02
4. "Fascination Street" (The Cure cover) 4:52
5. "Let Go" (Demo) 4:21
6. "Pass Out of Existence" (Demo) 3:47
7. "Severed" (Demo) 2:59
8. "Forced Life" (Demo) 4:33
9. "Dead Inside" (Demo) 3:41
10. "Power Trip" (Live) 2:57
11. "Cleansation" (Live) 3:43
Total length: 40:24


  • Tracks 1-2 taken from the pre-production sessions for The Impossibility of Reason (November 2002)
  • Tracks 3-4 are out-takes from the Pass Out of Existence album sessions (April 2001)
  • Tracks 5-9 taken from various pre-production sessions for Pass Out of Existence (March 2000–February 2001)
  • Tracks 10-11 recorded live off the board at The Glass House, Pomona, CA (December 7, 2003)
    • (Un)mixed by Tom Kubik


Additional Musicians
  • Jason Hager – Rhythm Guitar (Reasoning the Impossible, Tracks 3-9)
  • Ricky Evensend – Live Drums (Reasoning the Impossible, Tracks 10-11)
  • Produced by Ben Schigel, Mark Hunter and Rob Arnold at Spider Studios
  • Engineered by Ben Schigel at Spider Studios
  • Mixed by Colin Richardson
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
  • Artwork by Garrett Zunt


  1. ^ Down Again (track listing). Chimaira. Roadrunner Records. 2003-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Chimaira The Impossibility of Reason (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Eyes of a Criminal (track listing). Chimaira. Roadrunner Records. 2005. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Lambgoat review
  6. ^ Holland, Brian D. Rob Arnold Interview Archived 2010-07-22 at the Wayback Machine. Modern Guitars Magazine (August 21, 2007). Retrieved on 12-04-10.
  7. ^ Veltkamp, Frisco Chimaira with Mark Hunter (May 30, 2003). Retrieved on 12-04-10.
  8. ^ Becky, Collins Archived 2011-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. (August 7, 2003). Retrieved on 12-04-10.