Chimaira (pronounced /ka??m??r?/) is an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, formed in 1998. The band is a notable member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Their band name is derived from the word Chimera, a monstrous creature in Greek mythology. They play a style of mainly groove metal, with some metalcore, industrial metal, and death metal influences. They are stated to be influenced by thrash metal bands such as Metallica, Megadeth; groove metal bands such as Fear Factory, Pantera, Meshuggah; and death metal bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Deicide.