After releasing the highly successful self titled debut of theirs in 1997, Dez Farfara and the gang had a long road ahead of them. Constant speculation and rumors plagued the band for years in hopes of their eventual return after their last album in 2002, 'Dark Days'. Now they have finally met those lofty expectations as their latest release 'Rivals' is the comeback they absolutely needed. It is brute force right from the get go and there's no let up at all.
New Coal Chamber is an entirely different beast. There is a solid punk/metal approach to the record and Dez's vocals are some of the best he's ever done. "I.O.U. Nothing" is one hell of a opening track as it sets the tone for the relentless mayhem that is about to ensue.
"Suffer In Silence" gets an awesome guest appearance from Ministry's one and only Uncle Al Jourgenson. Al does a great job and the combination of him and Dez give the music a fresh flavor. It feels like there's so many new elements to Coal Chamber now, and thankfully they all work on so many levels.
CC has proven that even after a long layoff, good chemistry cannot be undone. The landscape of the metal genre has changed in leaps and bounds since the last album from this band but one thing stays the same. Coal Chamber still knock it out of the park every time. A solid 3 / 5.
May 19, go pickup a copy of 'Rivals'.
You can catch my show, Monday Metal Mayhem, every Monday night at 8 pm pst, only on brokenneckradio.com .