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Coal Chamber is a Nu-Metal band from Los Angeles, CA, USA formed in 1995. They enjoyed some mainstream success in the mid to late 90's during the nu metal boom which they, along with bands like KoRn helped create. The band gained a large following early in their career, arguably because they were one of the first 'darker' themed nu metal bands.

Coal Chamber signed to Roadrunner Records and recorded their first album (both in 1996) for their self-titled debut in 1997. The album was released to critical praise, especially for the first single Loco, a track that many fans consider the bands finest work.

Their next album was released in fall of 1999 entitled Chamber Music. This album was considered a step away from the nu metal image they had engendered with their prior release, having instead a more gothic metal inspired feel. On this album also was a
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Roadrunner Records 2001
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Roadrunner Records 2003
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.. Album Cover 2.74 | 9 ratings
Coal Chamber
Nu Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.75 | 6 ratings
Chamber Music
Nu Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.49 | 3 ratings
Dark Days
Nu Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Rivals
Nu Metal 2015

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Demo 1994
Nu Metal 1994
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Demo 1996
Nu Metal 1996
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Loco
Nu Metal 1997
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Dark Sides from Dark Days - Unreleased and Live
Nu Metal 2002

COAL CHAMBER re-issues & compilations

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Giving the Devil His Due
Nu Metal 2003
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The Best of Coal Chamber
Nu Metal 2004
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The Complete Roadrunner Collection (1997-2003)
Nu Metal 2013

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Big Truck
Nu Metal 1997
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Loco
Nu Metal 1997
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Blisters
Nu Metal 1998
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Sway (The Roof Is on Fire)
Nu Metal 1998
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Tyler's Song
Nu Metal 1999
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Notion
Nu Metal 1999
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Shock the Monkey
Nu Metal 1999
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Fiend
Nu Metal 2002

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COAL CHAMBER Rivals

Album · 2015 · Nu Metal
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Coal Chamber - Rivals

'Rivals' is the fourth studio album by alternative metal band Coal Chamber. After breaking up following the release of their third album 'Dark Days' in 2002, vocalist Dez Fafara went on the form the groove metal band DevilDriver. Back in 2013 Coal Chamber reformed, and here is their first album in thirteen years, so how as a thirteen year hiatus done them?

'Rivals' pretty much starts at where the previous album left off, containing mostly grooving riffs, chugging bass, pulsing drums, and the occasional Korn-esque guitar work. In fact, this album shares many similarities with DevilDriver, with Fafara mostly singing with his aggressive vocals and the aforementioned grooving riffs are used the most throughout the album. The first song released, and the opening song, 'I.O.U. Nothing' starts out the album really well. It sets the tone of the album, having chugging guitar and pulsing drums.

Most of the songs follow this same pattern, but some are more memorable then others. Probably my favorite is 'Suffer in Silence', which features Ministry's Al Jourgensen on vocals. The guitar grooves and crunches, and Jourgensen's vocals are excellent as always with his aggressive snarl. Fafara's vocals and Jourgensen's vocals were meant to be together, as they fit so perfectly in this song. Fafara has a lower gruff voice which contrasts very well with Jourgensen's snarl. The songs that do sound different are the short songs, such as 'Orion' which has a really menacing atmosphere, it's a shame that it's not longer. It would've been really cool to hear it go on like that for a while then come to a heavy climax.

While the album may stay the same for the most part, I find it impossible to not get into the crunching groove of the whole album. The aforementioned songs, and songs like 'Wait', 'Over My Head', and 'Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets)' are incredibly addicting and begging for headbanging. 'Over my Head' especially has one of the best grooving riffs I've heard in awhile, which is made even more addicting with the chorus. The solos in the album also add a lot to the songs 'Suffer in Silence' and 'Wait'. They may be short, but they are certainly memorable.

Overall, "Rivals" is an excellent return for Coal Chamber. "Dark Days" was my favorite album from them, but I think "Rivals" has become my favorite. It takes all that the previous album did so well, and adding in a few new things to spice it up. Welcome back Coal Chamber, I'm excited for what they have coming next. Hope you found this review helpful.

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COAL CHAMBER Coal Chamber

Album · 1997 · Nu Metal
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Nu metal can either be complete and utter joke, or at times it can be all right. To be honest, I like at least one song from most nu metal bands.

I was aware of these guys, and I vaguely remember one of their songs, but to be honest I had never heard any more of their stuff. I do like Dez's new band Devildriver...and to be honest...I hadn't completely given these guys any recognition or attention, so I thought, “hey, why not, what’s the worst that can happen?” Plus, the CD was only £1.

So was it any good? Well it's not bad...but it isn't good either.

The album does have a lot of filler and moments where I'm thinking “what the hell are you's doing” there are some great songs and great moments on the album, don't get me wrong, but its just the rest that puts it down, which is a shame to be honest.

The album is typical nu metal at times. Drop tuned riffs that sound like Korn, that weird bass slappy sound that sounds like Korn, and the tight as hell bass drum sound that Korn has. In fact, instrumentaly, the band sound a lot like Korn, although to be honest, everyone sounded like Korn in the 90s. The riffs are good at times, and the seeds of groove metal are still heard. The songs are simple, yet mostly effective.

Dez's vocals on the album at times are great. When he's rambling like a toad on acid, he is at his best. But at times, he can attempt some clean vocals, and they're not bad, but his vocals are better when he keeps to his strengths. His lyrics are very simple, and very monosyllabic at times, and to be honest, their might be some meaning in these lyrics that not even we know.

I also love the cover of the album as well. For some odd reason.

1. Loco – This was the song I had vague memories of when I was younger. I think it had a music video, and from what I remember it was a good one, but it was the hook of the song that I really can remember. I love this song, and it's their best in my opinion. 10/10

2. Bradley – The main riff is really good, but the song is ruined by the attempted clean vocals. The rest of the vocals I love though. 7/10

3. Oddity – Great chorus. There is some amazing riffs in this song. Dez's rambling vocals are a real highlight as well. 8/10

4. Unspoiled – Pretty good build up throughout. Love the screams in the chorus. The vocals really make these songs at times. 9/10

5. Big Truck – there is something funny about this song. Good chorus and some cool time changes. 7/10

6. Sway – I love the intro of the song but to be honest, it gets pretty generic after that. Chorus is good but it does go on a bit. Although I did find it funny at the end, because it sounds like he's shouting Flava Flav at the end. 6/10

7. First – Pretty boring. Trying to be Tool at times. This is the bands attempt at a song like System Of A Downs Mind, but it just doesn't work. Some cool moments at times though, especially the riff after the chorus.5/10

8. Maricon Puto – Cool odd intro. 6/10

9. I – Love the rambling in the verses. The chorus isn't the best. I do like the quite middle bit of the song. Build up at end is good. 6/10

10. Clock – There is something quite Metallica about this song. The chorus is a bit silly tho (a bit like Big Truck). Some cool riffs though. 6/10

11. My Frustration -A really generic boring song. 4/10

12. Amir of the Desert – I'm glad these guys have a sense of humour. 9/10

13. Dreamtime – Another generic song. Good way to put these at the end. 4/10

14. Pig – So they go out on a high. Why the album isn't more like songs like these I don't know. Love Dez's vocals in this song. 7/10

CONCLUSION: I will be honest, if your wanting to get a nu metal album, this is probably one of the best ones to get (along with Drowning Pool, System Of A Down, Linking Park and Korn's first albums). This album isn't terrible, their are good moments, and the band can play, it's just that at times they try and either copy other bands, or try and do something very different, which really isn't what they should be doing, especially for a first album. The sound these guys have most of the time is a good sound, and should have been used and experimented to its potential. As single songs, the album can work, and to be honest, they would work better on a compilation.

5.3/10

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