Coal Chamber Reveal New Album Plans, Dez Remains Committed To DevilDriver


Coal Chamber/DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara was interviewed by Jose Mangin for SiriusXM‘s ‘Liquid Metal‘ yesterday, August 13th. Revolver have a transcription of the interview, during which Fafara spells out some plans for Coal Chamber and DevilDriver.

In regards to Coal Chamber, the band expect to begin tracking in October with Fafara to track his vocals in November. Producer Mark Lewis (DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder) will be helming those sessions with an early 2015 release on Napalm Records planned. Here’s what Fafara said about that and getting band back together:

“…You know, over the years we just started talking and hanging out, and from there we decided to take it around the world and on a tour, and it went really well. Everywhere we would go crowds were coming out in force, and from there it would come to guys slipping me demoes silently, without anyone really knowing and I loved the stuff. It was evolved, we have evolved, and the music has evolved. And when I heard a couple of the songs I said, “Man, this could be legitimately really cool.”

So we signed with Napalm Records, they’ll be our partner in this. The guys have been writing solid, they’ve been writing for a month now, I got two more songs last night so we have nine, looking to write 25 and then narrow it down a little with Mark Lewis producing. They’re looking to track in October and I’m tracking vocals in November and we’re hoping to be done, mixed, and mastered in January and get it out to people next year.”

Despite Coal Chamber‘s return DevilDriver will remain a priority for Fafara however. When asked if DevilDriver was still his main band, Fafara responded:

“Oh, absolutely, that’s my baby. The record is still performing well on the charts. Thanks to everybody for coming out to our last shows–the shows that we did were killer. The Whitechapel run was incredible, and we’re getting ready to go to Australia with Whitechapel in September and the we’re going to come back and play the Knotfest in California, with DevilDriver, and we’re going to end the ‘Winter Kills’ cycle there and regroup and hope for a record in 2016.”

Beyond that, Fafara mentioned possible involvement in a new ‘Fuck Cancer’ benefit record:

“…I got hit by Brock from 36 Crazyfists, my Alaska brother, and he is getting something together for a Fuck Cancer thing, getting a ton of musicians together, and he wants to do a record with all the benefits going to cancer victims. For people who know me, I did a song called “Dark Meadowlark“ for my sister who survived cancer, my mom went through it, so if I’m home, I can lay a track at my studio in a few days, so hopefully that comes through when I’m home.”