Coal Chamber (album)

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Coal Chamber
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Studio album by Coal Chamber
Released February 11, 1997
Recorded NRG Recording, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1996
Genre Nu metal[1]
Length 49:05
68:58 (special edition)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Jay Gordon
Jay Baumgardner
Coal Chamber chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
CDNOW 4/5 stars
Sputnik Music 3.5/5 stars

Coal Chamber is the eponymous debut album by American nu metal band Coal Chamber. It was released on August 12, 1997 by Roadrunner Records and contains the single "Loco". The Special Edition of the album contains the bonus tracks "Headstones and the Walking Dead", "Big Truck (Hand-On-Wheel Mix)", "Pig (Demo)", "Sway (Demo)", "Unspoiled (Demo)", and "Loco (Demo)" (all of which are available on Giving the Devil His Due). The DVD features 2 of the band's concerts, a live video of "Loco", and the music video of "Loco".

The album has been certified Gold by the RIAA, with an excess of 500,000 copies in the United States and is the band's most successful album.[3]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The album's sound has been compared to Korn and White Zombie.[2] The song Sway includes the line "the roof the roof the roof is on fire we don't need no water let the motherfucker burn burn motherfucker burn", which is taken from the song "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three.[2]


Steve Huey of Allmusic gave the album a three star rating. He criticized its riffs and typed that it wasn't very original.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Coal Chamber

Studio album:
No. Title Length
1. "Loco" 4:15
2. "Bradley" 3:04
3. "Oddity" 3:19
4. "Unspoiled" 2:59
5. "Big Truck" 3:31
6. "Sway" 3:35
7. "First" 4:12
8. "Maricon Puto" 0:46
9. "I" 3:49
10. "Clock" 2:59
11. "My Frustration" 3:59
12. "Amir of the Desert" 0:44
13. "Dreamtime" 3:43
14. "Pig" (The song "Pig" ends at 3:20. After 1 minute and 40 seconds of silence (3:20 - 5:00), begins an untitled hidden song.) 8:27

On The Complete Roadrunner Collection (1997-2003), "Maricon Puto" and "I" are merged into one track.

Special edition[edit]

A special edition of the album was released by Roadrunner in 2005. The package includes the original album with six bonus tracks along with a bonus DVD featuring the "Loco" music video and two live concerts. The concerts are Live at the Whiskey A Go Go in LA, CA, 1996, which was included in Kerrang! 100 greatest gigs of all time,[4] and Live at the Maritime Hall, San Francisco, CA, 1999.

Track listing[edit]

Bonus Tracks on Special Edition:
No. Title Length
15. "Headstones and the Walking Dead" 3:27
16. "Big Truck" (Hand-On-Wheel Mix) 3:32
17. "Pig" (Demo) 3:21
18. "Sway" (Demo) 3:30
19. "Unspoiled" (Demo) 3:38
20. "Loco" (Demo) 3:38


  • Dez Fafara - Vocals
  • Miguel Rascón - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Rayna Foss - Bass
  • Mike Cox - Drums
  • Jay Baumgardner - Producer, Mixing
  • Marina Chavez - Photography
  • CIEL - Design
  • Monte Conner - Producer (2005 Reissue)
  • Giulio Constanzo - Art Direction (2005 Reissue)
  • Nathan "Karma" Cox - Additional Vocals ("Clock")
  • Amir Derakh - Engineer, Mixing
  • Laurie Es - Additional Design (2005 Reissue)
  • Kevin Estranda - Producer (2005 Reissue), Photography (2005 Reissue)*
  • Jay Gordon - Producer, Mixing, Additional Vocals ("Oddity" & "Maricon Puto")
  • Steven Hartong - Assistant Producer (2005 Reissue)
  • Ted Jensen - Remastering (2005 Reissue)
  • Eric Levy - Additional Vocals ("Sway"), Additional Percussion ("Maricon Puto")
  • Lisa Lewis - Mixing

Chart performance[edit]


Year Title Chart Position
1997 Coal Chamber UK Albums Chart 76
1998 Coal Chamber Top Heatseekers 10[5]


Year Title Chart Position
1998 "Loco" UK Singles Chart 81


  1. ^ Weinstein, Deena (2015). Rock'n America: A Social and Cultural History. University of Toronto Press.  (January 27th, 2015)
  2. ^ a b c d Coal Chamber at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum - May 30, 2010". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  4. ^ Kerrang! Kerrang! 100 greatest gigs of all time, cited August 3, 2008
  5. ^ "Coal Chamber - Coal Chamber | Awards". Allmusic.