CHIMAIRA rhythm guitarist Matt DeVries will sit out the remainder of the band's European tour starting on September 22 so that he can fly home in time for the birth of his son. Filling in for him for the rest of the European dates will be Emil Werstler of DAATH.
DeVries will be back on stage with CHIMAIRA for the band's U.S. tour with TRIVIUM, which kicks off on October 29.
Commented Matt: "This is going to be one of the happiest moments of my life and I want to thank the fans for understanding my absence. Emil is one of the most talented guitarists I have ever jammed with and I am fully confident he will do a fantastic job filling in. I'll be back on stage riffing in a few weeks."
Added Emil: "All I do is hang out and jam guitar. I'm looking forward to raging with these guys and jammin' some f*ckin' tunes for a good cause!"
Loudfarmer.com conducted an interview with DeVries on September 19, 2009 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Watch the chat below.
CHIMAIRA will play its tenth annual Christmas show on December 27 at the House of Blues in the band's hometown.
The band will embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in January 2010. Support on the trek will come from DOUBLE DRAGON. This will be CHIMAIRA's first headlining Australian tour, having previously played the country as a support act for IN FLAMES, BIOHAZARD and KORN.
CHIMAIRA's new album, "The Infection", entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart at position No. 76. The CD also landed on the chart of the Australian electronics and music retailer JB Hi-Fi at No. 33.
"The Infection" sold 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart.
CHIMAIRA recently supported HATEBREED on the "Decimation Of The Nation" tour that also featured heavy hitters WINDS OF PLAGUE, DYING FETUS and TOXIC HOLOCAUST.