New Albums From Coal Chamber, Machine Head Coming Down The Stretch

Two of heavy music's up-and-comers are taking the next step in bringing their new albums to stores.

Coal Chamber recently wrapped up recording sessions for its sophomore effort, "Chamber Music" (dubbed one of the most anticipated albums of the year by "Alternative Press"), and plan to begin mixing the tracks next week. The band is promising that "Chamber Music" will pack "a more dark element," as well as a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" featuring Ozzy Osbourne (see "Coal Chamber, Ozzy Talk About Hooking Up In Studio"). The follow-up to the band's 1997 self-titled debut should be available on July 13.

Meanwhile, Machine Head will venture into a Los Angeles studio next week to begin mixing "The Burning Red," which should be in stores on July 27. For the band's third release, Machine Head hooked up with producer Ross Robinson, who manned the boards for albums from Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Soulfly, among others. This partnership

may explain why the band's label, Roadrunner Records, is promising a slightly more accessible sound on the upcoming album.