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Coal Chamber: Dark Days
Alternative Metal, Groove Metal
Roadrunner Records
May 7th, 2002
Release length: 41:20
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Coal Chamber finally got their act together for the release of Dark Days, which is easily their best album in their career. At this point, the band had issued some good songs, enough to cause people to become casual fans by the time the band’s second album, Chamber Music hit, but it wasn’t until this album that the band really showed the promise and talent that they had been trying to convey on past releases.

The music on this album is even tighter then it has been, with a lot of emphasis on writing better guitar riffs, the bass seems to have been brought up in the mix and the riffs are a little different from the typical style that has adorned previous albums, but still isnm’t all that impressive. The drumming is, once again, amped up m0ore then it was on Chamber Music, but the real change for the band would be the vocals and lyrics. The lyrics are definitely more creative, making the songs on this album actually sound like songs instead of chorus a, chorus b, repeat, change up charus b slightly at end. “Fiend” is an impressive track that really hammers away at you from the start, but, of course, the immediately goes towards the simpler, slower type of music. But don’t fear, this is actually good for this album!

Thanks to the maturing sound of the band, and how well everything is working for this album, “Glow” and “Watershed” are great songs that will just punch you right in the face. But, sadly, none of what was just said works for the song “Something Told Me”, which isn’t quite filler, but rather generic. “Dark Days” is pretty much the same way, being weighed down due to the fact that it sounds like the band wanted to sound more like Mudvayne, and the segment where the title is repeated against silence kind of grows old fast. Had they not done that last aspect, it would have been a rather stand out track. And, like typical Coal Chamber, “Alienate Me” is basically just a filler track. Luckily, this is about where the filler ends, and the gems of the album kick in, with the exception of the odd ball “Rowboat” which makes no freakin’ sense at all.

Dark Days marks would was obviously the pinnacle of the band’s career. With only a few filler sounding tracks, one being complete and utter nonsense, the album starts off solid, but doesn’t quite end on the same note. This is an album definitely worth checking out if you enjoy some rather different material to kick back and relax to. The heaviness of some of the songs on this release may come at you like a wrecking ball, but there’s enough here to make you realize this band was never about the intensity of their music, which is sad because those intense tracks are what really made this album special.


01. Fiend – 3:01
02. Glow – 3:12
03. Watershed – 2:36
04. Something Told Me – 3:24
05. Dark Days – 3:40
06. Alienate Me – 3:18
07. One Step – 2:39
08. Friends – 3:34
09. Rowboat – 4:49
10. Drove – 3:12
11. Empty Jar – 3:52
12. Beckoned – 4:03
Overall Score: 5.5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.