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Coal Chamber

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Los Angeles, CA, USA (1993 – 2003, 2011 – present)

Coal Chamber is a band from Los Angeles, CA, USA formed in 1993. They enjoyed some mainstream success in the mid to late 90’s during the nu metal boom which they, along with bands like KoЯn helped create. The band gained a large following early in their career, arguably because they were one of the first ‘darker’ themed 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 cover of a song originally done by Peter Gabriel in 1982 called “Shock The Monkey” with legendary rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, providing vocals in collaboration with the band’s lead singer, Dez Fafara.

The band followed up with their third album Dark Days in the spring of 2002, which met with mixed reviews. Bassist Rayna Foss-Rose had left the band to raise her daughter before the album was recorded; she was replaced by Nadja Peulen, who had taken Foss-Rose’s place during her pregnancy between the first two albums. Rayna had a falling out of sorts with frontman Dez Fafara saying that she and her husband had “found Christ” and would be leaving Coal Chamber for good.

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  • grifus

    Nadja, Chela o Rayna?

    20 Mar 8:12pm Reply
  • MaximymBizkit

    Rivals awesome!!!

    10 Mar 7:04pm Reply
  • sopor6

    Nu-metal was made up by some rap kid that liked some metal! lol Just a bad tag!! They were always a metal band with gothic overtones!!!

    7 Mar 3:35pm Reply
  • Jackeline_R

    muito foda! :)

    4 Mar 1:54pm Reply
  • Die_Hard_Kid

    I.O.U. fucking awesome!!

    3 Mar 2:40pm Reply
  • MosherSam13

    ME LOAF COLD

    25 Feb 8:56pm Reply
  • Zach216

    Coal Chamber were more to me... representative of the median of the whole nu-metal thing. To me they didn't make the genre any worse (but did they make it better? probably not) but they did have some weird atmospheres and a singer in Dez that was a little unusual and different. I like some of the melodies on songs like "El Cu Cuy", "Untrue", "Tyler's Song", "Not Living" and "My Mercy" on Chamber Music but Dark Days was the equivalent of a band imploding on itself. Hopefully the new record is good... I hope Meegs shows he can do a couple of runs or is capable of some more detailed riffing than on their old stuff.

    16 Feb 9:58am Reply
  • Zach216

    http://screamermagazine.com/press-releases/coal-chamber-release-rivals-may-napalm-records-artwork-track-listing-release-dates-revealed/ COAL CHAMBER to Release Rivals This May (19th) on Napalm Records Artwork, Track Listing and Release Dates Revealed

    14 Feb 2:01am Reply
  • Trash73

    One of the best Nu-Metal bands ever! 90's... when music was still good [2]

    28 Jan 12:17am Reply
  • My_Sharona

    One of the best Nu-Metal bands ever! 90's... when music was still good

    27 Jan 7:42pm Reply
  • unknown0_0

    Cool band glad to hear they are making a comeback

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Satan1st

    в следующем году новый альбом!!! ждем

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • perezhivem

    группа кул,удивлен что маловато слушателей.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Manic-Insanity

    Loco, Big Truck and I are my favorite songs by them.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bassius

    i imagine you have a hard time not falling asleep at one of their shows.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Trash73

    "Like it or not, they're irrelevant now... and a lot of people listen to Coal Chamber only because of nostalgia." Bullsh*t. DevilDriver are more irrelevant, particularly when they weren't as big as Lamb of God and many other modern Metal bands which are also way past their peak in terms of musical quality and popularity. 2007-2008 was pretty much the ending point to Groove/Metalcore being relevant or popular. Nu Metal is more on the rise again and more fans will inevitably pick up on the new Coal Chamber.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • 666SixNine

    I'm probably going to buy their new album sooner or later, but I don't think too many people will care about the new album. Like it or not, they're irrelevant now. Even with the Nu Metal revival that's in its early stages right now, it seems like the world has forgotten about them and a lot of people listen to Coal Chamber only because of nostalgia. Still, gonna be interesting to see what they come up with, they say the music's evolved, I wonder if it really did and how do the new songs sound like?

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Benek_

    I just came here 'cause my roof is on fire. Any suggestions?

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • FeistyCadavR

    People say DevilDriver is better. But F that. Coal Chamber made the more memorable songs easily. That's not to say I don't like DD, I absolutely do.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Satan1st

    dark days ❤

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
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