Dez Fafara

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Dez Fafara
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Background information
Birth name Bradley James Fafara
Born (1966-05-12) May 12, 1966 (age 48)
Origin Santa Barbara, California, United States
Genres Alternative metal, gothic metal, groove metal, melodic death metal, nu metal
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Years active 1994–present
Labels Roadrunner Records
Associated acts DevilDriver
Coal Chamber
Roadrunner United
Website www.devildriver.com

Bradley James 'Dez' Fafara (born May 12, 1966) is an American metal vocalist who performs in the bands DevilDriver and Coal Chamber.

Personal life[edit]

Dez is of Portuguese and Sicilian descent. His father, Tiger Fafara, and his late uncle, Stanley Fafara, were child actors on the Leave It to Beaver television sitcom.

Dez's wife is named Anahstasia, and she appears on the cover of the second Coal Chamber album Chamber Music. Dez has three sons: Tyler, Simon and Kaleb. "Tyler's Song", from the album Chamber Music, was written for Tyler. Simon, age twelve, added backing growls on DevilDriver's third album, The Last Kind Words (2007), on the song "Tirades Of Truth", during the last two lines of the chorus.

He claimed during a performance of the song Sail to have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when he was a little boy and still doesn't get a lot of sleep at night

Coal Chamber[edit]

Dez released a total of 3 albums with Coal Chamber. Three of the albums, Coal Chamber (1997), which went gold, Chamber Music (1999), and Dark Days (2002), consisted of new material. An album of remixes, rarities, and b-sides, titled Giving the Devil His Due (2003) and a "Best Of" (2004) were also released. Coal Chamber disbanded in 2003, shortly after Dez formed his current band DevilDriver.

Contrary to some reports, Dez has often spoken freely of his time in Coal Chamber, although for a time he gave no indication of any desire to reform the band. Meegs Rascon stated in an interview that he would miss performing Coal Chamber songs.

On September 26, 2011, it was announced that Coal Chamber would reunite for Australia's Soundwave Festival, which took place in early 2012.[1] As of October 2012, according to Dez, new material from Coal Chamber is in the works.[2]

Coal Chamber will be participating in a tour with Sevendust and Stolen Babies for early Spring of 2013.

DevilDriver[edit]

Currently, Dez, as part of DevilDriver, has released six studio albums, DevilDriver (2003), The Fury of Our Maker's Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007), Pray for Villains (2009), Beast (2011) and Winter Kills (2013). DevilDriver was also nominated for a Golden Gods Award in 2008 for the best break-through metal band.

Collaborations[edit]

Dez has appeared on more than twelve soundtrack records, including Scream 3: The Album, which also went gold. He also collaborated with Ozzy Osbourne for a remake of "Shock the Monkey", a song originally by Peter Gabriel, that was released on the Coal Chamber album Chamber Music. This song propelled this record to debut 22 on the Billboard charts upon release.

Fafara recorded and provided vocals for the song "Baptized in the Redemption" on Roadrunner Records' 25th year anniversary compilation album Roadrunner United, alongside Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot) and Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, ex-Soulfly). Dez worked with Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) on a song called "Where Is God Tonight?" Dez has also worked with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) on an early side project Viking Crown.[citation needed]

In November 2011 it was announced that Fafara would appear on a track in Soulfly's 8th studio album.[3] The album is titled Enslaved and was released on March 13; the song Fafara appears in is called "Redemption of Man by God". In 2012 he performed on the song "Bastards!" by Canadian hardcore band Cancer Bats on their album Dead Set on Living.

Tattoos[edit]

Dez got his first tattoo at the age of 16. He has a large assortment of tattoos, including a tribal tattoo on his chin, a Nightmare Before Christmas tattoo on his chest, the DevilDriver logo on his upper arm, and the Coal Chamber logo on his forearm. He also has a tattoo reading DEZ on his knuckles.[citation needed]

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