In retrospect, White Zombie was one of the most influential metal bands of the '90s -- their breakthrough album, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, relied more on camp theatrics than catchy melodies or guitar riffs, and the follow-up, Astro-Creep 2000, featured an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production that camouflaged the simplicity of the music. Like many of the more popular alternative metal bands of the late '90s, Coal Chamber owe something to White Zombie's musical approach, often relying on noise, texture, and sheer aggression to put their music across. In following up their debut, Coal Chamber follows the White Zombie blueprint to a tee on its second album, Chamber Music, expanding the production palette to include electronic/industrial sounds, a bit of updated goth (i.e., more by way of Marilyn Manson than Bauhaus), and even a few orchestrations. In pure sonic terms, all of this means that Chamber Music is a better listen than its predecessor, and since it packs just as much of a wallop, it can be seen as a step forward. Plus, in the wake of Orgy's successful cover of New Order's "Blue Monday," there's yet another inexplicable alt-metal cover of an '80s pop song, this time Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey" (performed with special guest Ozzy Osbourne).
Performance CreditsCoal Chamber Primary Artist
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals
Jay Baumgardner Keyboards
Amir Derakh Keyboards,Micro Moog
Aimee Echo Vocals
Josh Abraham Keyboards
Rayna Foss Bass
E. Blue Keyboards,Vocals
B. Dez Fafara Vocals
Troy Van Leeuwen Keyboards
Mike " Bug" Cox Drums
Miguel "Meegs" Rascon Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDJ Lethal Contributor
Anthony Valcic Programming
Brian Virtue Programming,Engineer
Amir Derakh Percussion Programming
Coal Chamber Artwork,Package Concept
Phil Western Programming
Chad Fridirici Engineer
Josh Abraham Programming,Producer
B. Dez Fafara Art Direction
Georgie the Pug Sound Effects
Brian Levine String Arrangements
Mike Parnan Engineer
Mike " Bug" Cox Art Direction
Miguel "Meegs" Rascon Composer,Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Coal Chamber is very orginal. They write their own music and they have their own sound. I love how they can play hard and mellow music. I also think it's awesome that they have a girl bassist. Not a lot of bands would have a girl bassit. I love how they mix some techno with their hard rock sound.
Coal Chamber is so awesome, all those other people who wrote reviews did it wrong, you can't compare Coal Chamber with other bands because they have their own sound and are totally unique, they can rock out all hardcore on tracks like ''Feed My Dreams'' and ''Tragedy'', yet they can get soft, mellow, and so touchingly deep on tracks like ''My Mercy'', this is totally an awesome cd that everyone should own, so get it:)
Coal chamber definately has talent,mixing semi-tech with rock makes them stand far out from backstreet boys and those other boy bands and low lifes.Along with Korn,Marilyn manson,limp bizkit,and ozzy they truly rule rock together proving their creativity through music.
Coal Chamber has been the best on my list ever since their first album. And anybody who disagrees with me needs therapy.