Coal Chamber, who formed in '93, found success four years later with their self-titled debut. The album peaked at #10 on the U.S. Heetseeker chart and went gold in the U.S. But it was their second album brought about major changes.
Coal Chamber toured with Sevendust which resulted in their bassist, Rayna Foss, marrying Sevendust's drummer Morgan Rose and becaming pregnant. She left Coal Chamber with the bass responsibilities moving to Nadja Peulen.
The band managed to catch the attention of Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon, who became their manager. She was around long enough for Ozzy to record a cover of Peter Gabriel's mega-hit "Shock The Monkey" with Coal Chamber. It turned out to be the Nu Metal group's best charting single (#26). Soon though, Sharon Osbourne and the group parted over personal and creative differences.
Foss returned for Coal Chamber's third album, "Dark Days," but left after the studio sessions to raise her daughter. Foss also had a falling out with frontman B. Dez Fafara, saying that she and her husband had "found Christ" and that she was leaving Coal Chamber for good. Once again, Peulen stepped in.
Then there was notorious on-stage altercation between Fafara and guitarist Miguel Rascon during an '02 show in Lubbock. The argument, which had started before the show, came to a climax when Rascon hit Fafara in the head with his guitar.
"This is the last Coal Chamber show ever!," Fafara vowed before leaving the stage. Rascon attempted to carry on handling the vocals as well as guitar but drummer Mike Cox demolished his drum kit before storming off stage.
It wasn't Coal Chamber's last show after all. They managed to limp through some prior commitments before Cox was fired following several personal disputes with both Fafara and Rascon.
With the band at a halt, the compilation album "Giving The Devil His Due" and "The Best Of Coal Chamber" rolled out as Fafara led DevilDriver through half-dozen albums. He dismissed any thoughts of a Coal Chamber reformation.
A few years down the road though, Fafara and Rascon settled their differences with Rascon joining DevilDriver on stage in Pomona, CA, to play a rendition of Coal Chamber's first single "Loco."
Three years after the Pomona show, in '11, Fafara, Cox and Rascon officially reformed Coal Chamber with bassist Chela Rhea Harper. The group opened for Sevendust, among others, but Harper was out, replaced by (guess) Peulen.
Coal Chamber's comeback album, "Rivals," dropped in '15. While touring in support of the album Rascon said, "This is our first CD in 13 years and I think we're getting a lot of really good responses."
Fafara was criticized for returning to Coal Chamber but felt fans would like to hear an album from the band.
That was where it ended. Fafara made it clear he had no future plans for Coal Chamber and that he was focusing his energies on Devildriver.
1997 Coal Chamber
1999 Chamber Music
2002 Dark Days