Dark Days Ahead For Coal Chamber

Band to enter studio next week to record Chamber Music follow-up.

Coal Chamber will enter a Los Angeles studio next week to start recording their third album, tentatively titled Dark Days, according to a Roadrunner Records spokesperson. The record is expected to drop in early fall.

Ross Hogarth, who's worked with Mötley Crüe, John Mellencamp and Jewel, has been tapped to handle production duties for the LP. While Orgy synth player Amir Derakh — who engineered and mixed Coal Chamber's self-titled 1997 debut and mixed and played on 1999's Chamber Music — helped to arrange the demos for the new record, he has no plans to join singer Dez Fafara, bassist Rayna Foss-Rose, guitarist Meegs Rascon and drummer Mikey Cox in the studio this time around, the spokesperson said.

Fans of the ominous Los Angeles quartet have been awaiting the LP's arrival since the band withdrew from last year's Tattoo the Earth festival in the face of rampant break-up rumors to begin work on the album (see "Coal Chamber Tackles New Album, Outside Projects").