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Coal Chamber – Rivals Review

Coal Chamber – Rivals Review

From 1994 – 1997 metal was once again king with bands such as KoRn picking up where Metallica had left off. During this time metal evolved into something else, an even wilder beast that gave a deafening roar once awakened. Gone were the flashy guitar solo’s and in came stripped down tuned guitars, thundering drums and bass and low growling vocals that frightened the majority into believing that the devil himself had come to destroy the earth. However, the rest of us heard something pure that spoke only to us.

1997 saw the rise of a musical leviathan bent on world domination and that’s exactly what happened. The name of this beast was Coal Chamber. From 1997 -2002 they released three of the most intensely brutal albums that would take the world by storm. Unfortunately in 2003 Coal Chamber called it a day and the band went their separate ways. Vocalist Dez Fafara resumed his quest for world domination with titans DevilDriver delivering six incredible albums from 2003 – 2013.

In 2011 it was announced that Coal Chamber would reform and play a series of shows during Australia’s Soundwave Festival. After what appeared to be a once off the band slowly added more and more shows and had even begun writing new material for a possible new album in the future.

Fast Forward to now and Coal Chamber return with vengeance unleashing their new album “Rivals” The bands first album in 13 years. Even from the very first listen it does not seem like that amount of time has passed between albums.

“Rivals kicks off with the powerful opening track “I.O.U Nothing” which was released as the first single from the album on March 2nd. From then on the energy and intensity of the album continues throughout with blistering tracks such as “Light Without Shadows”, “The Bridges You Burn” and “Suffer In Silence” which features Ministry legend Al Jourgensen on guest vocals. You can check out the lyric video for “Suffer In Silence” below and I must say looks really amazing with the lyrics rising like a mist over old style gravestones.

“Rivals gives a feeling like the listener has gone back in time to 1999 and yet at the same time it is something that is new and excitingly fresh. This is the sort of music that I love and will never tire of as it is rebellious to the system and all of us rejects can gather together and raise our horns to the rest of the world.”

Check out our exclusive interview with Dez Fafara right here

Keep It Underground

Jase L herbert


May 18th, 2015

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