In a recent interview with Pierre Gutiérrez, Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold revealed that the band, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, had planned to reunite for not only live performances but also to possibly record a new album, which would have been their first since 2013’s Crown Of Phantoms. Chimaira called it quits back in 2014 after 16 years together. They reunited for one show back in 2017 and have been mostly inactive since then.
“We had the next ‘Chimaira Christmas’ show, which was gonna be Christmas of 2020… [It] had been booked, but it hadn’t been announced yet. We weren’t gonna announce it until probably mid-summer… We had already even started talking about setlists and stuff like that. And then along with that came the talks of ‘hey, why don’t we start writing some music and just start putting some riffs together and sending them back and forth?’ and that didn’t really get out of any infancy stage. There aren’t any songs or anything yet that are in the archives or anything like that. That never really lifted off. Because right at that same moment is when COVID hit. And obviously everybody had to make huge adjustments right then. And just everything was put on hold. A few weeks later the show was cancelled.”
As for the future of Chimaira, Arnold said: “All I can say is maybe we’ll try for next year. Hopefully this time next year, everything that should have been happening right now will be happening, but I can’t say. No one can say.”