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Coal Chamber Rivals Review

Artist: Coal Chamber
Album: Rivals
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Industrial Metal, Alternative Metal

Am I the best person to write a review for the new Coal Chamber album, Rivals? Probably not.

I have been a Coal Chamber fan from the very beginning. As a long time fan I have to tell you I was pretty pumped when I heard that they were recording new music. Part of me wanted to scream it from the rooftop and the other part of me didn't want to say it out loud, for fear I would jinx it. 13 years is a long time to wait for new music. Bad Coal Chamber, bad. Ok, you're forgiven because the new music makes me warm and fuzzy.

Opening the album with IOU Nothing seems fitting given the bands rocky past. Whatever the meaning behind it, it's a great song. A good opener to get you geared up for what is to come. With the current line up, Dez Fafara-Vocals, Meegs Rascon-Guitar, Mike Cox-Drums, and Nadja Peulen-Bass how could you go wrong? You can't, each one are amazing musicians.
What impressed me the most are the incredible vocals of Dez Fafara. His voice has matured so much from previous recordings. Vocals are also stronger than ever. Just so much growling power.
The breakdowns in the songs, Wait, Bad Blood Between Us, and Fade Away(Karma Never Forgets) are phenomenal. They are my favorite tracks on the album because of this reason.
I could spend hours telling you about the guitar riff's and mad drumming skill's of Mike Cox but these are truly, all, gifted musicians. The album has already been released and if you haven't bought it what are you waiting for? It has 14 songs packed full of power metal. You won't be able to stop listening to it. There is not one song I would skip over on this album. The entire album is on my playlist.

Welcome back Coal Chamber! Stick around for awhile, will ya?
Julie Cady


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