“Coal Chamber: The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1997-2003” was made available digitally in the U.S. last month and will be released in Europe both digitally and on CD at the end of May/early June. As the title implies, the collection features COAL CHAMBER‘s entire Roadrunner Records catalog:
* “Coal Chamber” (1997)
* “Chamber Music” (1999)
* “Dark Days” (2002)
* “Giving The Devil His Due” (2003)
COAL CHAMBER and SEVENDUST are currently taking part in a U.S. co-headlining tour. Also appearing on the bill is LACUNA COIL.
In a recent interview with the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara (also of DEVILDRIVER) stated about theband’s current status: “COAL CHAMBER, for me right now, is like a really fine woman, man. I’ve gotta re-date her — she’s back in my life, I’ve gotta see how she is, and we’ve gotta take our time with each other. And that’s what we’re doing. And I think that’s the important thing — we’re doing it for the love of the music as well. There’s a lot of people that never got to either see COAL CHAMBER live or haven’t seen us in a long time due to the breakup.
“It’s good to see [the other guys in the band] off hard drugs, man, and you can see their guys are crystal clear, and it makes me wanna do music with them again.
“Right now, with COAL CHAMBER, that’s what we’re doing — we’re taking it slow. [Last September], they sent me some new tunes and said, ‘Hey, would you ever think about doing a new record? Here’s some new tunes.’ And they were absolutely killer. They were moving forward with their sound, but yet you could tell it was COAL CHAMBER, but it wasn’t so linear. So who knows what’s gonna happen in the future, man? We’re just playing it by ear at this point. I’ve got a lot going on right now, so we just have to really see.”
Regarding why neither of the two former COAL CHAMBER bassists — Nadja Peulen or Rayna Foss — is involved in the band’s reunion, Dez told Full Metal Jackie in a separate interview, “Rayna was not [asked to be a part of it]. Rayna has been out of the band for a very long time. We did speak to Nadja. She has other things going and it wasn’t really in the headspace where we were at as a band. We found Chela; she’s Canadian and she’s a bad-ass player. She’s been playing for nearly  years. She plays five-string and it’s good to have her on bass. She grew up with COAL CHAMBER. Where Meegs and Mikey and I am right now, we’re really excited so we needed someone that filled that excitement drawer and she did for sure; she’s stoked.”
COAL CHAMBER rose to prominence with a gold-certified debut album in 1997 that established the group as one of the most promising bands on the then-emerging, so-called “nu metal” scene.
Nadja Peulen replaced COAL CHAMBER bassist Rayna Foss Rose in 1999 during Rose‘s pregnancy for almost 12 months while the band was on the road supporting its second album, “Chamber Music”. Rayna came back to the band after her pregnancy leave and recorded COAL CHAMBER‘s third album, “Dark Days”. Shortly after recording “Dark Days”, Rayna quit the band and Nadja was recruited for the touring cycle that followed the CD’s release. The band broke up during the “Dark Days” tour in 2002.