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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Years Active: 1994–2003
Genres: Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Gothic Metal

Coal Chamber was an American nu metal band from Los Angeles, California. Prior to Coal Chamber, Dez Fafara and Meegs Rascón formed the band She's In Pain in 1992. The two decided to create Coal Chamber. The band formed in 1994 and disbanded in 2003. Their first drummer John Thor was eventually replaced by Mike Cox (who beat out his older brother for the spot). After bassist Rayna Foss joined, the Coal Chamber lineup was complete.

In late 1994, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory championed a demo tape by Coal Chamber, causing a huge local stir with gigs at The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go Go, eventually leading Coal Chamber to an offer to sign with Roadrunner Records.

Fafara dropped out of the band quite suddenly due to disagreements with his wife about the band. In the spring of 1995, Dez reunited with Coal Chamber, which ended his marriage but revitalized the band. With a renewed sense of energy, Coal Chamber was able to regain their deal with Roadrunner by the end of 1995.

In 1997 their debut self-titled album ''Coal Chamber'' was released. They toured very heavily supporting this album. The album spawned one single and video, "Loco." The video was also added as an extra after the ending credits of Dee Snider's film, ''Strangeland''. The band also did an exclusive song for the soundtrack, titled "Not Living."

''Chamber Music'' followed two years later. Between the two releases and after the band's tour with metal act Sevendust, bassist Rayna Foss married to Sevendust's drummer Morgan Rose and became pregnant, necessitating another bass player on tour, a role filled by Nadja Peulen.

Foss came back for the recording of Coal Chamber's third album, but left after the studio sessions to raise Kayla Moray Rose. ''Dark Days'' was released in the spring of 2002. Their only single and video was for the track 'Fiend'.