Emil Werstler (DAATH) will handle the guitar duties for CHIMAIRA in 2012.
Werstler (pictured below), who has spent the last few months playing bass for CHIMAIRA, will switch back to his original instrument following the recent announcement that guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries will be leaving the band at the end of 2011.
Commented CHIMAIRA: "Fans already know Emil from the 'Coming Alive' DVD, the insane guitar solo at the end of 'Samsara', and most recently on stage playing bass for 'The Age Of Hell' tour. For those that don't know, time to get familiarized. Listed as one of modern metal's most important guitar players, Mr. Emil Werstler."
Although there has been no official announcement yet, it is rumored that second-guitar duties on CHIMAIRA's 2012 tour will be handled by Matt Szlachta of DIRGE WITHIN while the bass will be played by Jeremy Creamer of DAATH.
CHIMAIRA earlier in the week released a free digital EP, "The Age Of Remix Hell", via Multiupload.com.
The track listing for the effort — which, as the title suggests, contains remixed versions of songs from CHIMAIRA's latest album, "The Age Of Hell" — is as follows:
01. Year Of The Snake (Dubba Jonny Mix)
02. Clockwork (Hunter Mix)
03. Year Of The Snake (Allinaline Mix)
04. Losing My Mind (Allinaline Mix)
"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.