The first five tracks of the album are all featured on Coal Chamber's self-titled debut album. The album was recorded at NRG Recording, North Hollywood, CA in 1996. Produced by Jay Gordon through Roadrunner Records, the album has been certified Gold by the RIAA, with an excess of 500,000 copies in the United States. A special edition version of the album was released in 2005, featuring 6 extra tracks. The live footage on the special edition was shot at the Whiskey A Go Go in LA, CA, 1996, which was included in Kerrang! 100 greatest gigs of all time.
On September 7, 1999, Roadrunner Records released Chamber Music. There are 18 tracks on the album, 4 of which are featured on The Best of Coal Chamber. Dark Days is the third studio album by Coal Chamber. It was recorded in 2001 and released on May 7, 2002. "Fiend", a track featured on this compilation, is the album's only single. Its music video found airplay on Uranium, which also featured an interview with the band.