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Coal Chamber

Formed: 1994
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Coal Chamber News

Below is our complete Coal Chamber news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

We Are The Riot Picked Up By Texas Indie Fest

Texas Independence Festival has announced the addition of We Are The Riot to its lineup. We Are The Riot consists of Coal Chamber members Meegs Rascon and Mikal Cox. The group joins Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate, Wayne Static of Static-X, Abigail Williams and many more.

Past events featured Down, David Allan Coe, Fair to Midland, Upon A Burning Body, One-Eyed Doll, Vallejo, The Heroine, East Cameron Folkcore, Amplified Heat, the Eric Tessmer Band, Nothing More, Honky and Dixie Witch. More...

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OpEd

From Dicks To Chicks

When a very attractive, scantily clad young woman claims she loves metal, get a second opinion.

Yeah, I said that.

And I’m not claiming you’re all fakes, female metal fans. I know you’re out there. Most of us can personally attest to that. I’m talking about the posturing selfie types.

You know the ones. They lurk online, Facebooking, Tweeting, posing in metal-looking gear with an Impaled Nazarene logo prominently displayed, skin showing, pouty siren’s call etched across the face.

Sometimes they actually go to the lengths of posting music videos, and when they go there, they go big. “ROOOOTS, BLOODY ROOOOTS <3 METALCHICK FOR LIFE <3 DEATH TO ALL BUT METAL” and so on. Methinks the ladies doth protest too much.

With a few exceptions, these girls do this for one primary reason: they know how to attract men via the path of least resistance. Make that ZERO resistance. Metal is an overwhelmingly male-dominated genre, fostering a “homoerotic relationship between bands and their fans,” as former Sepultura merchbabe Marta Svetek puts it.

So when such a photo goes up, the hungry dogs swarm for their scraps, as it were. You don’t even need to read the Tolstoy-length comment thread to guess its simple pig-swooning gist. How could some girls resist?

A female musician I spoke with, who wishes to remain anonymous (more on that later), recalled of playing with her former metal band:

“Crowds of girls would come into the club between sets and prey on all the guys, then go outside for nearly the band’s entire set, probably blasting Miley or One Direction in their earbuds. I actually remember talking to some girl about a band whose T-shirt she was wearing. She said, ‘Oh, this band? I just thought the shirt was cute.’”

This tactic has suckered many a metalhead, and many enterprising folks have seized on it. Why else would countless popular metal sites and blogs hire “spokesmodels” to push their merchandise? Why else would niche custom fashion lines like Toxic Vision gain such a mammoth following? Why else would 70,000 Tons Of Metal hire “pool girls?”

Why, in other words, does metal culture virtually have to IMPORT hot women like Julius Caesar providing for the appetites of his legions?

Simple: because metalheads (i.e., dudes) like to stare at girls’ tits and asses, and some girls, spurred on by the “hot groupie fantasy,” (in Svetek’s words) like to provide such sights. Capitalism, baby.

I’m not saying I’m above all this, and I’m not exactly judging the arrangement. I believe in the free market. However, I don’t have to embrace everything the market produces, and one very dubious aspect of this Budweiser-ad approach in metal is when it manifests in the music itself. More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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Lacuna Coil Announces More U.S. Shows

Italy's Lacuna Coil recently announced the band would return to the states in February for a U.S. tour with Sevendust.

The band is pleased to announce the touring will continue throughout March and April when Lacuna Coil joins Coal Chamber and Sevendust for a run kicking off on March 28th. A full list of dates is available below.

Lacuna Coil has spent the past year touring the world in support of new album "Dark Adrenaline" (reviewed here). You can check out the band's latest music video for the song "End of Time" at this location. More...

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Devildriver Video Interview Available

Loud TV has posted a video interview online with Dez Fafara of Devildriver/Coal Chamber, conducted during a European tour with Machine Head. Check out the video interview in the player below.

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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.

Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."

A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...

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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.

Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.

A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...

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Headline News

Coal Chamber To Reunite For Australian Shows

Coal Chamber, the band which featured Devildriver founder Dez Fafara, has announced that they will be reforming to perform at Australia's travelling festival, Soundwave next year. Speaking on the decision, Fafara stated:

"Coal Chamber is playing Soundwave Down Under! These reunion shows are for the fans that want to see us again as well as all the people that never got to see Coal Chamber. It is and always will be a very special part of my life, so these few shows are for those people and for us. If you’re not from Australia, better get a ticket now to come see this event!"

"Australia has never seen us, nor have we seen them,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón. “It will be an extraordinary exchange of energy and adrenaline. Hello Aussies, nice to meet you!" More...

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More Roadrunner United DVD Footage Posted Online

Another clip from the forthcoming Roadrunner United DVD has been posted online. You can check it out below. The DVD chronicles the one night only concert when members of the Roadrunner roster, past and present, joined forces to perform classic songs from Roadrunner history. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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Another Roadrunner United DVD Clip Posted Online

Another clip of the Roadrunner United DVD has been posted online and is available for viewing below. The DVD contains a full live concert aswell as backstage footage and interviews and features the following tracklisting:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

3. River Runs Red (originally by Life Of Agony)

Keith Caputo- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Scott Ian- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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New Roadrunner United DVD Clips Posted Online

Previews of the forthcoming Roadrunner United have been posted online and are available to view below. The DVD features an all-star lineup of Roadrunner Records alumni and members of the current roster performing some of the biggest songs ever to be released by Roadrunner Records. The DVD also features a 75 minute documentary which includes behind the scenes footage and interviews.

The tracklisting for the concert is as follows:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

3. River Runs Red (originally by Life Of Agony)

Keith Caputo- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Scott Ian- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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Ex-Coal Chamber Guitarist Resurfaces In Band

Ex-Coal Chamber guitarist, Miguel "Meegs" Rascon has emerged in the hard rock band Glass Pinata. The band performed in front of a packed crowd at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA. You can check out some of the latest tracks from Glass Pinata at this location.

Glass Pinata is currently re-recording the bands yet-to-be-titled debut after a lineup change in January. Glass Pinata will be playing:

Jun 20 2007 THE VIPER ROOM - w/ ADEMA Hollywood, CA
Jun 21 2007 CANES - w/ ADEMA San Diego, CA


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Watch A Live Video Of "Tired and Lonely" Online

A live video of the "Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions" band performing the song "Tired & Lonely" has been posted online at www.fuse.tv/metal (make sure pop-up blocker is off — or hold down "Control"). The group performing in the clip is as follows:

Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) – Drums
Keith Caputo (LIFE OF AGONY) - Vocals
Nadja Peulen (COAL CHAMBER) - Bass
Matt Baumbach (VISION OF DISORDER) - Guitar
Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS) - Guitar
Omar Clavijo (ILL NINO) - Keyboards More...

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More Roadrunner "All Stars" Announced

Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.

Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.

Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...

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Roadrunner Celebrates 25 Year With All-Stars Album

Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.

Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.

Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...

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Zilch (AHC) Joins Grade 8

Aaron Zilch formerly of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, TOYS and PINATA, has joined GRADE 8. Here's what Zilch had to say:

"I have joined GRADE 8 on Lava/Atlantic records. We are currently in Vegas writing the band's second record. The bassist and drummer are also new to the band. STITCH, formerly of TOYS w/ Ghost of MOTOGRATER and recently of PINATA w/ Meegs of COAL CHAMBER, is now providing the low end. Wade Hagbloom, another MN boy formerly of the amazing Gabriel and thee Apocalypse, is destroying cymbals on a daily basis. All the guys are really fucking cool. We're moving at a fast pace, wrote and demoed a bunch of songs in the first 3 weeks of Dec. and we have tons more in various stages of completion. We spend about 6 hours in the studio daily, get done about 6 or 7 and then go destroy vegas nightly. Good times. Should have the record done and be on tour within 5 or 6 mos, if that. In the meantime you can check out tunes from the first record in the True Crime game and an upcomming episode of the Sopranos.

Well I'll keep you all updated and I hope 2004 holds as much promise for you as it does for me."

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