Roadrunner Records celebrates Coal Chamber’s catalogue with the release of multi-disc box set Coal Chamber: The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1997-2003. Set for release on June 3rd, the four-disc retrospective will be available on CD and digitally and includes Coal Chamber (1997), Chamber Music (1999), Dark Days (2002), and Giving The Devil His Due (2003).
The band will also kick off their European tour (see itinerary below) this summer at Germany’s biggest festivals Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, followed by a run of dates which include an appearance at Download Festival in the UK. They will also perform at Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Awards at London’s Indigo2 on June 17th. The dates will be the band’s first return to Europe since they reunited in 2011.
Originally formed in Los Angeles, California in 1993, Coal Chamber’s intense breed of metal coupled with their riff-crushing live show established the band as one of hard rock’s most exciting acts. Having finalized their line-up- Dez Fafara (vocals), Miguel Rascon (guitars), Rayna Foss (bass), and Mike Cox (drums), the band released their eponymous debut album Coal Chamber in February 1997. The album yielded the smash hit single ‘Loco’, and sold in excess of 500,000 copies in the US alone.
Having toured extensively in support of Coal Chamber, the band released their second album Chamber Music in 1999. Featuring a greater emphasis on hooks and melodies, and a cover of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Shock The Monkey’ with Ozzy Osborne on guest vocals, Chamber Music is regarded as the band’s most accessible record.
2002 saw the release of Dark Days, often viewed as the band’s heaviest and darkest album. Opening track ‘Fiend’, was released as a single and has remained one of Coal Chamber’s best-loved songs.
Following the band’s split in late 2002, Giving The Devil His Due- a collection of rarities and remixes- was released in August 2003.
In 2011, the band reunited its 1993 line-up (with Chela Rhea Harper replacing Rayna Foss on bass). Catch Coal Chamber live at one of the following dates:
Fri 7 June – Sun 9 June – Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park GERMANY
Tues 11 June- O13, Tilburg – HOLLAND
Wed 12 June – Matrix, Bochum, GERMANY
Thurs 13 June- Latierie, Strasbourg – FRANCE
Fri 14 June- Nova Rock Festival, Nickelsdorf – AUSTRIA
Sun 16 June- Download Festival, Donnington – ENGLAND
Tues 18 June- Trabendo, Paris – FRANCE
Wed 19 June- Flame Festival, Milan – ITALY
Thurs 20 June – Volhaus – Ear Shaker Days – Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Sat 22 June- Hellfest, Clisson – FRANCE
Mon 24 June- Majestic, Bratislava – SLOVAKIA
Tues 25 June- Mega Club, Katowice – POLAND
Wed 26 June- Hegyalja Festival, Tokaj – HUNGARY
Fri 28 June- Graspop Festival, Hasselt – BELGIUM
Sat 29 June- With Full Force Festival, Leipzig – GERMANY
Sun 30 June- Basinfire Festval, Pilsen – CZECH REPUBLIC