The time has come at last. Coal Chamber announced in late 2014 that they were entering the studio for a new album for the first time since "Dark Days" in 2002. Internal friction that had been there since their first release, and got worse from that point on, became too much and finally resulted in a public meltdown. That was the final Jenga piece removed that toppled a band many thought were at the top of their game.
Fast-forward 13 years and "Rivals" looks to show they are back. This album kicks from beginning to end. It has all the same stylistic hooks that they were known for. At the same time they are showing much maturation in both the lyrics and the music structure. There are now a few unexpected solos sprinkled throughout, showcasing the progression of their musicianship while playing in each other's respective bands.
'I.O.U. Nothing' opens the album. It's an aggressive, crunchy track that brings you back to the feel of their earlier tracks but still sounds like it was meant for today. That lends aid to what I have said for a long time about them having an almost timeless sound in modern music. Another standout to me is 'Suffer in Silence', which had the band teaming together with Al Jourgensen from Ministry on backing vocals. 'The Bridges You Burn', 'Another Nail in the Coffin', and 'Rivals' all seem to belong together going off of a similar subject. They all revolve around getting older, knowing the mistakes you have made, and trying to make amends before it's too late. The central focus of this album seems to be the subject of maturity, maybe with some regret that already too much time has gone by.
This is far and beyond one of my favorite albums right now. I will have an interview posted soon with Mikey Cox(drummer) where we talk more about the album, the past, and the future. Check back soon for that and look for them coming to a town near you. Get this album, you won't regret it! 10/10 \m/'s
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