Few vocalists get the opportunity to front one influential band, much less two. Dez Fafara is among those few. After a decade with his alma mater, Coal Chamber, with its caliginous, industrial sonic alt metal signature, he now calls extreme metal giants DevilDriver his new family. Nearly a decade and five albums into his new project, Dez has reconnected with his formermates to play this year’s Soundwave Festival dates in Australia.
Coal Chamber guitarist Meegs Rascón began attending DevilDriver shows a couple of years ago, and now drug free, he and Dez were able to rekindle their friendship and once again talk music.
Fans who are been concerned with what the new Coal Chamber performances mean for Dez and DevilDriver need not worry. While Dez holds a big place in his heart for his former project, his main priority will not change with the re-emergence of Coal Chamber. Fafara has clearly stated the band has no concrete plans for anything related to Coal Chamber beyond the the Soundwave Festival shows, but did allow that record labels have already been in touch about signing the band.
On the day of the DevilDriver‘s final U.S. performance for 2011 I caught up with Dez in Reno, Nevada to talk about all things DevilDriver, his feelings about Coal Chamber after all these years, Soundwave, horror movies and what makes him laugh. Prior to our conversation I also spoke briefly with Kingdom of Sorrow bassist, and current DevilDriver bassist Aaron ‘Bubble” Patrick about what it’s been like touring with Dez and Co.
Also check out our previous interview with Dez