Rating:
6.9
Coal Chamber - Dark Days
7 May 2002


01. Fiend
02. Glow
03. Watershed
04. Something Told Me
05. Dark Days
06. Alienate Me
07. One Step
08. Friend?
09. Rowboat
10. Drove
11. Empty Jar
12. Beckoned


First of all, if you clicked on this review just to post a comment about how stupid this band is or just to say "The reviewer must be a fag", please just stop reading and leave.

Now I'll explain why I'm doing a Nu-Metal review - I've been trying to expand my Metal knowledge, I already covered Gore, Death, Black, Progressive, Thrash, Grindcore, Power, Gothic, Gothenburg, Avant-Garde, Drone, and even Hardcore and Metalcore. So there was one genre I was afraid of hearing, and that was Nu-Metal, so I asked many metal-heads and they recommended me Coal Chamber and Mudvayne, I picked up Coal Chamber first so, here I am writing a review.

Yes the band is totally gay, I won't deny that fact, but that doesn't mean they totally suck. The music is really catchy, not aggressive nor brutal, but hell it has catchiness and some mysterious atmospheres. The execution is quite simple actually, a lot of power chords, a lot of battering drum-beats, a couple of cool bass-lines, and childish vocal work.

So what impressed me? Well most tracks have awesome scales and shit, there's even a really dark track (Rowboat) with many complex guitar chords and cool drumming. So the music is kind of good, I can see why many kids worship this band actually; anyway, the really incredible fact is the musical structure, the usual Nu-Metal formula (Intro + Chorus + Paragraph + Chorus + Outro) is not attached here (except for Drove, damn that song sucked big time), the structures towards this album are multifaceted really, the songs even have atmospheres and some breakdowns.

Some songs are enjoyable, if you are interested try "Dark Days", "Fiend", "Beckoned", "Empty Jar" or "Rowboat". Those tracks enormously differ from conventional Mallcore, the bridges, riffs, crashes, etc. create many kind of cool atmospheres, a lot of "strawberry flavored" fierceness, and gloomy ambience. Yes there are many other tracks that sucked like Japanese prostitutes doing porn auditions. In this case just avoid "Something Told Me", "One Step", "Friends" and "Drove".

So I repeat, this is gayness, kind of cool and catchy gayness, but gayness none the less. You must be one of the most open minded metal-heads around to actually like this album, so it's up to you.

By the way, the artwork is fucking cool dudes.


Band profile: Coal Chamber
Album: Dark Days


 


written by Herzebeth | 01.10.2005



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Uirapuru - 21.04.2009 at 15:42  
Very gay review.

The album is good indeed, one of the best in nu-metal.
Olli - 23.04.2009 at 16:04  
Worst review I've ever read on this site.. Reviewer sounds terrified someones going to think their not true so has to call the band Gay etc over and over again. Half a review just to justify why you're doing a Nu Metal review :

Anyway, probably Coal Chambers best album imo
Dam3k - 18.11.2009 at 01:05  
Awful review
rational.gaze - 30.12.2010 at 19:08  
Why have a disclaimer at the beginning of the review barring biased comments when you clearly state "Yes the band is totally gay" in the beginning of the third paragraph?

In respect to the album, I agree with Uirapuru, Dark Days is one of the better Nu-Metal albums. It falls 2nd to L.D. 50 in the Nu-Metal realm in my opinioin.
Winterthrone - 22.06.2011 at 19:09  
This review is one of the best examples of whst you should not write...The reviewer seems to be obsessed with homosexuality and being "trve" which makes the review worthless. Moreover he repeats the same words over and over again. Try to expand your vocabulary bro...
Big-Al - 30.10.2011 at 23:16  
As for the album itself, rowboat is by far the best track on it.
brapp32 - 30.10.2011 at 23:20  
I haven't listened to this cd in years. From what I remember it was a pretty solid release. I found their second album to be almost unlistenable so maybe that's why I liked this one.
Angelic Storm - 01.11.2011 at 17:00  
Written by Winterthrone on 22.06.2011 at 19:09

This review is one of the best examples of whst you should not write...The reviewer seems to be obsessed with homosexuality and being "trve" which makes the review worthless. Moreover he repeats the same words over and over again. Try to expand your vocabulary bro...


Yep, I can't take a review like this one at all seriously. It's filled with a childish immaturity that renders it pretty much worthless as a credible review. The self titled debut is the only Coal Chamber album I've heard in full, so I can't comment on the album. But the review is awful nonetheless.
Boxcar Willy - 05.01.2012 at 23:03  
The music is good, but they're nu-metal so that means they're gay...

Cuca Beludo - 13.04.2012 at 18:42  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 05.01.2012 at 23:03

The music is good, but they're nu-metal so that means they're gay...




I was going to say the same thing.

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