12/27: Chimaira Christmas Show at HOB

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Chimaira’s 10th annual Christmas show will be filmed for the band’s first stand-alone DVD (they’ve included DVDs with albums in the past). Frontman Mark Hunter says the video, due in the summer, will cover the group’s still in-progress world tour for The Infection, released in April. It reached No. 30 on Billboard’s album chart and has sold more than 15,000 copies. Hunter says the DVD will include “tons of shit” — from old home videos to studio footage. Check out this month’s issue of U.K. headbanger mag Metal Hammer for Chimaira’s cover of Pantera’s “Slaughtered,” part of an enclosed CD that pays tribute to late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. “The song was tough,” says Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold. “I realized how difficult it is to sound like Dime. We’re such big Pantera fans that we felt to truly give the song tribute, we would try to replicate it as closely as possible.” Arnold says his band won’t perform “Slaughtered” live. “But as for other surprises, [there’s] only one way to find out. We’re just planning a killer set list and doing the production bigger and better than we ever have in the past. Should be killer.” State of Conviction and Solipsist open at 8 p.m. at House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583). Tickets: $18 advance, $20 day of show. — D.X. Ferris

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