The album was a minor success but its mixture of goth rock imagery and nu metal thuggery made for an uneven album. They toured heavily behind it but by the time it came time to record the next album, bassist Rayna Foss-Rose was gone to raise her daughter, leaving the band with Nadja Peulen.
Nadja took Foss-Rose's place during her pregnancy between the first two albums, but she accepted the invitation to come back as a full-time member during the recording of the next record.
The resulting album, Dark Days, was released in the spring of By May of that same year, the band had begun to fall apart, sparked by an on-stage altercation between Fafara and Rascon. The following year, after issuing a remix and rarities compilation called Giving the Devil His Due, the bandmembers announced that they had officially broken up, with Fafara continuing on with his new band, Devildriver, with whom he would go on to release six studio albums.
In Coal Chamber began hinting at a possible re-formation, and by they made it official, performing at Download and hitting the road with Sevendust, Lacuna Coil, and Stolen Babies. Rivals, the band's first studio recording in 13 years, arrived in early via Napalm Records.
Sign In. Coal Chamber. Top Songs See All. Rivals Dark Days Chamber Music Coal Chamber Top Videos. The group released a few demos on their website, and faced several line-up changes before eventually disbanding. Fafara said that they had settled their disputes. In September , it was announced that Peulen and Cox had joined forces to form a currently [ when? In October , Fafara stated that the band were "taking it slow", partly due to his commitments with DevilDriver , but also revealed that the band had begun writing new material.
Nadja Peulen officially reunited with the band in October , and the band signed to Napalm Records the following year, as they continued to work on a new album. In February , Coal Chamber revealed that the album's title was Rivals. They premiered the song "I. Nothing" online in March, and released a lyric video for "Suffer in Silence" which features Al Jourgensen the following month.
The album was released on May 19, , and is their first studio album in 13 years, as well as their first to be released by Napalm Records. In May , Dez Fafara confirmed during an interview with Blunt magazine that Coal Chamber is on indefinite hiatus, stating that due to the current success of his other band DevilDriver with their seventh album Trust No One , Coal Chamber "has no place in my life whatsoever at this point. Coal Chamber have been categorized as nu metal ,     alternative metal ,   and gothic metal.
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April 15, Brave Nu World. Sanctuary Publishing. Pensacola News Journal. University of Toronto Press. Los Angeles Times.Coal Chamber was formed in by vocalist/lyricist B. Dez Fafara and guitarist Miguel "Meegs" Rascon, who met through a classified ad; the two added drummer Mike "Mikee" Cox and bassist Rayna Foss, the latter of whom heard about auditions through her roommate, Fafara's future wife. A huge local buzz following gigs at the Roxy and the Whisky A.