Coalchamber – Rivals – Napalm Records – Out Now

Coalchamber – Rivals – Napalm Records – Out Now.

Nu-metal, once a very successful “mainstream“ metal genre. It was in the late nineties when this genre became big in popularity. Bands like Korn, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach became really big. Some stayed big, but overall the scene had a sudden quick death. One of the big bands from that scene are US nu-metal legends Coal Chamber. “Loco” and “Big Truck” became nu-metal legends.  After a seriously long break (13 years) Frontman Dez Fafara (Devildriver) had an itch for his old love Coal Chamber. After a comeback tour they decided to write a new album. The time is now for Coal Chamber to let all their anger and madness out on us.

Coal Chamber is:


Dez Fafara: Vocals
Meegs Rascon: Guitar
Mike Cox: Drums
Nadja Peulen: Bass

coalchamberrivalscdThe record starts where they left us 13 years ago. They definitely matured a bit in their sound. The hooks and riffs are big and the songs have an energetic vibe to them. They burst out in one break down after the other and to be honest it bores me to shit! They promised something new, but that repetitive drumming really saddens me. Sure, I understand they love to play together and relive some of the old glory. But why be so repetitive? Where is the spark they had back then, when they came up with some new stuff? I liked Loco back in the day ‘cause of the out of the box thinking music wise. Ah well, this records shows  that good results in the past aren’t a guarantee for the future.

Coal Chamber fans will get a hard one …. Nothing changed; it’s the same sound over and over again.. Now jump and mosh nu-metallers!

Score: 2,5 out of 5

Track list:
01. I.O.U. Nothing

  1. Bad Blood Between Us
  2. Light in the Shadows
  3. Suffer in Silence
  4. The Bridges You Burn
  5. Orion
  6. Another Nail in the Coffin
  7. Rivals
  8. Wait
  9. Dumpster Dive
  10. Over My Head
  11. Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets)
  12. Empty Handed
  13. Worst Enemy


Text by: Ronald van de Baan

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