Coal Chamber sings new youth rebellion

Friday, July 19, 2002

When Eddie Cochran recorded "Summertime Blues" in 1958, whining about "a-workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar" could suffice for youthful rebellion.

In 2002, with a world looking infinitely more dangerous, confusing and vacant to young people, it's no surprise there are flavors of rock 'n' roll that raise a much bigger fuss and a much louder holler.

Wednesday night, The Granada played host to heavy metal act Coal Chamber's "Dark Days" tour. Coal Chamber and its three supporting acts each played ear-splitting sets of torturous and profane metal mayhem.

Each band in turn raised the bar, if only slightly, in terms of its ability to incite the audience to respond in kind to the rage on stage. Finally, a respectable mosh pit developed midway through Coal Chamber's set.

Consisting of vocalist Dez Fafara, drummer Mike Cox, bass player Nadja Puelen and guitarist Miguel "Meegs" Rascon, Coal Chamber has reached something like musical maturity with the release of "Dark Days," its third effort. Coal Chamber now can shift gears into softer, more atmospheric and even darker spaces, as when performing the title song from "Dark Days."

Mainly it was hard-charging music that typified Coal Chamber's set. From the opening pair of "Loco" and "Big Truck" from the 1997, self-titled debut release, the band demonstrated it hasn't strayed far from what it knew best. It may not be much, but it's what the fans require, and they deliver well enough.

The set was cut short when an unruly fan absconded with a fire extinguisher and set it off in front of the stage. There were no encores performed. There's little doubt that on their next visit, Coal Chamber's members will pick up right where they left off.