Interview: Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:37:32
Dez Fafara Photos
In 1997, Coal Chamber turned heavy music upside down with their landmark gold-certified self-titled debut. The record struck a balance between dark goth industrial undertones, metallic grooves, and a steamrolling energy that only they could tap into. It proved unlike anything else in the genre, and it led to the band becoming one of the most talked-about entities out there, going on to tour with Pantera and Ozzy Osbourne and even actually bring Machine Head and Slipknot out as support on 1999's famed "Livin' La Vida Loco" tour. Their impact can still be felt throughout numerous young acts. So, their return in 2015 remains both essential and vital. Coal Chamber will unveil the long-awaited follow-up to Dark Days this year via Napalm Records...you've been warned...
So, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to frontman Dez Fafara about the forthcoming record and so much more in this exclusive interview.
How does it feel finishing the new Coal Chamber album? Is it everything you’d hoped it would be or did it even exceed expectations?
It feels great, and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. I do believe all who hear it will feel the same way. It was a pleasure to be able to record vocals to these tunes, and everyone had a great time during recording. We can’t wait to share this new Coal Chamber record with the world!
When was the moment that your vision for this album became clear for this record?
I think the vision of the whole band was achieved the minute we actually got into pre-production to hear these songs live. From that moment on, it was obvious we had something special.
How different is the Coal Chamber mindset versus back-in-the-day?
The mindset of course is different. It's very focused and very intent on delivering the best within our music. You cannot expect a throwback record after 13 years apart, and I personally would not want to be part of that sort of record. This album absolutely has a fresh feel and is a total growth for the band.
You mentioned this is your favorite music to me before: what is it that sticks out to you about this?
The music written on this effort is focused, honed in, the arrangements are tight, the hooks are huge, the record pushes and pulls, because we did not record to a click. It has so many moments that pop out because we took the time and worked on the craft of songwriting. As a vocalist, it's always a pleasure when a whole band comes together to truly work at their craft.
Was working with Al Jourgensen a dream come true? Has that been in the works for a while for you?
He’s a good friend for a long time and a legend. He came to my house. We ate Italian food, drank wine, and had a great time recording together. No other artist would have "fit" the bill to collaborate with us as Al straddles both metal and goth the same way Coal Chamber does. His music in Ministry is the bridge between metal and the dark. He’s a great guy, and I’m humbled to have worked alongside him.
What do you hope people take away from the record?
I hope they want to listen to it over and over and over again, because, when i hear it, I can't help but want to hear it again!
What's your favorite Coal Chamber song?