During the opening song of CHIMAIRA's "Chimaira Christmas" concert last night (Friday, December 30) at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, CHIMAIRA guitarist Matt DeVries jumped off the drum riser and crashed into bassist Emil Werstler, who then bumped into singer Mark Hunter, knocking Mark down and spraining Hunter's ankle. As a result, Mark has been forced to walk around with crutches today (see photo below) until his ankle is fully healed.
Fan-filmed video footage of the incident can be seen below (around 1:20 mark).
This year's "Chimaira Christmas" concert marked the band's final performance with DeVries and fellow guitarist Rob Arnold.
Going forward, CHIMAIRA's lineup will be as follows:
Mark Hunter - Vocals
Matt Szlachta (DIRGE WITHIN) - Guitar
Jeremy Creamer (DAATH) - Bass
Emil Werstler (DAATH) - Guitar
Sean Zatorsky (DAATH) - Keyboards
Austin D'Amond (BLEED THE SKY, THE ELITE) - Drums
CHIMAIRA earlier in the week released a free digital EP, "The Age Of Remix Hell", via Multiupload.com. The effort, as the title suggests, contains remixed versions of songs from CHIMAIRA's latest album, "The Age Of Hell".
"The Age Of Hell" 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. The band's previous CD, "The Infection", opened with 15,000 units back in April 2009 to land at No. 30. This figure was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by CHIMAIRA's 2007 album, "Resurrection", which shifted 16,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 42.
"The Age Of Hell" was released in the U.S. on August 16 via eOne Music; in Germany on August 26; and in the United Kingdom, Australia and the rest of Europe on August 29 through Long Branch Records.