In '16, Dez Fafara was asked about the status of Coal Chamber, a band he fronted for over a decade. He stated that Coal Chamber "has no place in my life whatsoever at this point. Not with DevilDriver firing on all cylinders."
Why, after six albums with DevilDriver, would Fafara return to Coal Chamber for the album "Rivals," their first studio effort in 13 years? The answer was a circuitous one.
As Coal Chamber was imploding during the first years of the century, Fafara launched DevilDriver. The band was originally named Deathride but copyright issues and the name being taken by several bands necessitated the changed to DevilDriver, which referred to bells Italian Wiccans used to drive away evil forces.
Following the group's '03 self-titled debut, DevilDriver rolled out "The Fury Of The Maker's Hand," which became the group's first effort to land on the Billboard 200 (#117) while going to #1 on the U.S. Heatseekers Chart. Subsequent albums found moderate chart success, typical for a Groove Metal/Death Metal outfit. Typically, '13's "Winter Kills," landed at #32 on the chart with first weeks sales 11,000 units.
Fafara announced in '14 that drummer John Boecklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick had left the band and that DevilDriver would be on hiatus until '16, so he could focus on his reunion with Coal Chamber. Drummer Austin D'Amond and guitarist Neal Tiemann were added to the DevilDriver line-up
Though Fafara was criticized for returning to Coal Chamber, the group's "Rivals," a comeback album, dropped in '15. Fafara 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 that involved Coal Chamber and was focusing his energies on DevilDriver.
To put a fine point on it, Fafara stated that DevilDriver's '16 release "Trust No One" would lay to rest any concerns. The album, the group's seventh, entered The Billboard 200 chart at #43 with first-week sales of just over 12,000 units — nearly all from album sales.
2005 The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand
2007 The Last Kind Words
2009 Pray For Villains
2013 Winter Kills
2016 Trust No One