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Coal Chamber: Rivals

Album Review

Maligned nu metallers come back stronger than ever

A few eyebrows were understandably raised when, against all likelihood, Coal Chamber announced their return in 2011 for what seemed like a handful of festival appearances, seemingly to give fans the send-off they never got after the band self-imploded nine years before.

After all, Dez Fafara has spent the intervening decade all but papering over his time as frontman of the ‘spookycore’ crew by forging a more credible career and winning over metalheads in their droves at the helm of pit-merchants Devildriver, seemingly never looking back. However, with grievances laid to rest and the positive reaction garnered by the reunion shows, new material was always going to be the next logical step.

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