Coal Chamber
Dark Days


3.0
good

Review

by Cravinov13 USER (61 Reviews)
November 1st, 2005 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Probably one of the most underrated bands in Nu-Metal, Coal Chamber broke up not long after this album was released, and vocalist Bradley ‘Dez’ Fafara went on to do vocal duties for the Speed/ Death Metal band Devildriver. Coal Chamber’s third album, Dark Days, however, could hardly be considered Nu-Metal. With a combination of Heavy Metal and Jonathan Davis (Korn) vocals, heavy gothic riffs, and sinisterly dark lyrics, Dark Days is by far Coal Chamber’s best and heaviest album.

Although Coal Chamber can never compare to Devildriver, they still managed to deliver some fast and heavy tracks before their breakup. Here are my track reviews:

“Fiend”, the first track on the album, begins with a heavy bass line and creepy sampling followed soon by heavy guitar riffs. The song then lights up just a tad bit as Dez Fafara comes in with his psychotic growls and screams. For the most part, this song is very catchy, and good opening track for the CD, but not the best by far. (3/5)

“Glow” starts with a slow drum and bass line with some sampling as well, but then slowly goes into a mellow gothic riff. Dez Fafara then comes in with his half-talk half-growl style of singing before he goes into a deeper, faster growl in he chorus. This is a good track, featured on The Scorpion King, however, it has a major flaw that, as most Coal Chamber songs have, it’s very repetitive. The difference that this song has from the other songs that tend to repeat themselves, this song just isn’t as catchy as the others. (3/5)

“Watershed”, the first really catchy track on this album, begins with quiet riffs that last for only a few seconds before blowing up into a very catchy guitar riff. Dez Fafara’s vocals fit perfectly with this song as he combines softer growls with his heavier ones. You’ll be left singing “Watershed! Watershed! You’ve made your bed!” over and over again in your head by the time this song is finished. (4.5/5)

“Something Told Me”, the first song I ever heard from Coal Chamber off the Resident Evil soundtrack, begins with a slowly increasing high pitch noise before it blasts into yet another catchy riff. Dez Fafara keeps a very steady yet slightly mono growl throughout the entire song. Overall it is one of the better tracks on this album. (3.5/5)

“Dark Days” starts with a very dark bass line that slowly builds it’s way to a very heavy riff after about 30 seconds with Dez Fafara snarling in the back ground. In this song, Dez Fafara’s vocals go back to the styles similar to ‘Chamber Music’, but still delivers his fierce growling during the chorus. Truly a song for the sick-minded and psychotic by nature. (4.5/5)

“Alienate Me” begins with a less distorted sound of white noise before it goes into a fast guitar riff with a steady drum buildup. Dez Fafara’ vocals once again seep in and out of his older and newer styles, but this song doesn’t have neither grasp or a catchy tune to really support itself on this album. (1.5/5)

“One Step”, probably the most catchiest song along with ‘Watershed’, ‘Drove’ and ‘Beckoned’, begins with a slowly ascending guitar riff followed by a steady drum beat and topped off with Dez Fafara’s psychotic vocals. However, the only thing that makes this track cathy is the chorus and Dez’s vocals. Probably the most musically inclined track on this CD. The remix from ‘Giving The Devil His Due’ is so much better. (2.5/5)

“Friend"”, the second best song on this album only next to ‘Beckoned’, starts off with a very smooth bass line followed by a heavy guitar riffs and Dez’s hellish laughing. The song then lights up a bit so Dez Fafara can jump up and down on his vocal range in a very psychotic style of talk-growling. He then goes into a very Black Metal-like growl for the chorus. (5/5)

“Rowboat”, probably the most Nu-Metal sounding track on this album, begins and ends with very quiet bass lines and samples. The lyrics are absolutely dreadful on this song, but at least they are not original lyrics of Coal Chamber. Dez Fafara, if anything, doesn’t go to his full potential on this track either. The only real upside to this track is the awesome guitar riffs that come in and out throughout the song. (1/5)

“Drove” blasts immediately into a very heavy and catchy guitar riff. Dez Fafara goes back to his insane vocal style. Halfway through song, Dez Fafara actually starts singing! And very well at that. But after about 25 seconds of his dark clean vocals, Dez fafara goes back into his sinister growling. The only downside to this track is that it one of the most repetitive on the album. (4.5/5)

“Empty Jar”, is very similar to ‘Alienate Me’, the only difference is it isn’t very catchy at all. The lyrics are better on this track then most, but Dez Fafara’s vocals hardly stand out at all on this track. Not much else to say about this one. (1/5)

“Beckoned”, the best song on the album, begins with a very ‘black circus’ sound using creepy samples and a very distorted bass line. The guitar riffs are extremely catchy on this track, and so is the chorus (if you don’t mind almost constant use of the f-word). The song finally ends the album with a slowly fading white noise and Dez whispering “Together... forever”. Has a very dark and gothic feeling throughout the whole track. (5/5)

Pros:
-- Very catchy riffs and vocals
-- The guitar riffs and bass lines are very well written
Cons:
-- Very repetitive at several points on the album
-- The lyrics are slightly cheesy
-- Some occasional overuse of sampling
Overall it’s a pretty good album, and chances are you’d like whether or not you like the older Coal Chamber stuff. Overall album rating: (3/5)



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Thor
November 1st 2005


10254 Comments


I probably wouldnt' like this now because I've grown out of nu-metal. Your review was pretty good, but track-by-tracks are the easy way out.

Digging: Portal - ION

Aakon_Keetreh
November 1st 2005


448 Comments


ive heard of them but never listened to them...ive heard devildriver tho...there pretty good

Cravinov13
November 1st 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Grown out of Nu-Metal... please... please convince me you know what Nu-Metal even is before you say that.

Killtacular
November 1st 2005


1314 Comments


Coal Chamber is nu-metal. What's the problem?

pulseczar
November 1st 2005


2385 Comments


ive grown out nu-metal too, i liked it when i was 11, when i thought pointless angst and some guy screaming f*ck was cool. of course that's not all nu-metal. Pretty good review, but track by tracks aren't my friend

Cravinov13
November 1st 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some people don't have a clue as to what Nu-Metal is and I'm rather irritated about

it.This Message Edited On 11.01.05

Shattered_Future
November 1st 2005


1559 Comments


Coal Chamber is quite good, actually. Dez has a unique voice, and their drummer is a cut above the rest in their field.

I've heard stuff from this...while not something I'd make a point out of listening to every single day, it's good once in a while.

Pretty good review as well.

ocelot-05
November 1st 2005


807 Comments


I think that Dez has a fantastic voice, and this is one of the highlights of the album. His lyrics are pretty bad, though. Coal Chamber is too nu metal, not even close to black metal. Cravinov13, you're pushing my buttons.

Some people don't have a clue as to what Nu-Metal is and I'm rather irritated about it


You are possibly the most arrogant person I know. With you, it's always "other people have it wrong" and you it's never you.

Apathy
November 1st 2005


645 Comments


Please, please, please, please, please, please stop calling DevilDriver death metal.

Kage
November 1st 2005


1172 Comments


[QUOTE=AntiHero3314]I am the nu-metal authority around these parts. Everyone in R&M and MX knows it.[/QUOTE]
/salute

This album is pretty good every once in a while. Coal Chamber is one of my guilty pleasures, I guess. The songwriting on here is definately the most focused and best of any of their albums. Good for a spin, when you're in the right mood.

As for your review...meh. My review of Chamber Music was better. :p

ocelot-05
November 1st 2005


807 Comments


Originally posted in the review
Probably one of the most underrated bands in Nu-Metal, Coal Chamber...could hardly be considered Nu-Metal


Originally posted by Cravinov13
Grown out of Nu-Metal


You surely have a dizzying intellect.This Message Edited On 11.01.05

Cravinov13
November 2nd 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quote: My review of Chamber Music was better.



^^ You can't get much more arrogant then that. And ahgain, for you people who don't like the way I work, you can just suck it up and stop crying about it.

spoon_of_grimbo
November 2nd 2005


2241 Comments


whats a rift? :D

wikuk
November 2nd 2005


1110 Comments


I actually liked this review more then chamber music (not that the other review is bad) but i don't get the grading. The lowest grade was a 6 (3 in sputnikgrading) and a lot of high grades are given and still giving a 3 rating for the album.

please explain that

Kage
November 2nd 2005


1172 Comments


[QUOTE=Cravinov13]^^ You can't get much more arrogant then that. And ahgain, for you people who don't like the way I work, you can just suck it up and stop crying about it.[/QUOTE]
Wow, you sure are a smart one. I was joking around. Y'know, joshin' with ya?

But your review was terrible. You repeatedly used the word 'rift,' even though I never once in the album saw a break or a shallow area in a waterway. Also, you obviously have no frame of reference, because there is not one hint of black metal in Coal Chamber's sound. That's not opinion, it's true.

Even though this is the only review of yours that I've read, I don't like it. I wasn't crying about it, just giving my opinion and some feedback. So here's my advice:

a) Learn the musical terms to describe an album (No, a guitar is not used to make rifts)
b) Gather a frame of reference in order to be abel to better compare this album to a known set of standards (ie, learn genres before you spout off about them).
c) Lighten up

Cravinov13
November 2nd 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know genres very well. Maybe I do have a problem putting bands in them, but I know my genres better then most people on this site. And excuse me for only being into music for so long, what, do you expect me to be perfect? How can I lighten up whith so many people attacking me?

Ace_of_Bass2112
November 2nd 2005


257 Comments


i dont know tell a joke ever once in a while. like here's a good one thee 'ole interweb gave me

A man walks into a talent agency with his family and says, "I have an act I'd like you to see." The agent says, "What sort of act?" "A family act. It's my wife, me, our two children and our dog."



Cravinov13
November 2nd 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I am a very lively person, but I find it hard to put my antics in words. My actions are the funnies in my life, not words.

Cravinov13
November 2nd 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmmm... I guess what I was trying to say when I did the Black Metal and Korn comparision is... *drum roll* BLACK NU-METAL! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Kage
November 3rd 2005


1172 Comments


[QUOTE=Cravinov13]I know genres very well. Maybe I do have a problem putting bands in them, but I know my genres better then most people on this site. And excuse me for only being into music for so long, what, do you expect me to be perfect? How can I lighten up whith so many people attacking me?[/QUOTE]
If you can't even distinguish Coal Chamber from a black metal band, then you don't know the genres. It's that simple. I'm not saying it's necessary to be a genre expert or anything, but when you make gross mistatements, at least be prepared to either admit it or back it up somehow, of which I've seen you do neither.

It's easy to lighten up: just take the criticism and if it's valid, use it to improve next time, and if it's not, just don't even waste your time with worrying about it.



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