4/5ths of Chimaira Quits At Once

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Yesterday, Blabbermouth reported that up-and-coming guitarist Emil Werstler had left the Cleveland metal core band, Chimaira.

Now it seems the rest of the band - save vocalist Mark Hunter - has followed suit. Guitarist Mark Szlachta, keyboardist Sean Zatorsky, bassist Jeremy Creamer, and drummer Austin D'Amond issued the following statement to theprp.com:

"In light of recent news, the rest of the band have decided to part ways with Chimaira. For us this was a great stepping stone, and an honor to play these songs live, and fulfill an incredible legacy.

This was an excellent platform to help continue playing music, when our collective bands either ended or went on hiatus. Chimaria was an amazing experience and we look forward to future music endeavors with each other."

Judging by the last sentence, it seems that the members would have preferred kicking out Mark Hunter, who experienced a similar mass exodus in the past, but lacked the legal resources to do so.

Hunter has yet to release his own statement.