DEZ FAFARA: 'I Had To Get Away From COAL CHAMBER'November 27, 2003
Former COAL CHAMBER/current DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Farafa recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the breakup of his previous band and his decision to go in a heavier, more aggressive direction with his new outfit.
"COAL CHAMBER were a democracy where everybody ran the business together, and it just didn't work," he said. "They didn't want to go heavier and more balls out, and I did. My heart started turning black because I was doing something I wasn't happy with. In DEVILDRIVER, I call the shots and everyone listens. These guys are real hard workers, too. If you tell them to be at rehearsal at seven o'clock they're there at quarter to seven.
"People in [COAL CHAMBER] used to stay up partying for days on end and then make decisions that didn't make any sense at all. My thing has always been wine and weed, and then you've got the absolute opposite of that, and that's what I had to be around constantly on a daily basis for seven years. It was a bad situation and I had to get the fuck away."
When asked about his recent "war of words" with SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose (husband of ex-COAL CHAMBER bassist Rayna Foss-Rose) and SEVENDUST's song "Enemy" which was written about Fafara, Dez said, "The beef Rayna is grinding is from 1999, and they couldn't have picked a better time to bring it up than when SEVENDUST's album was coming out. There's nothing better in the news than a really radio-friendly band going after an ultrabrutal heavy-metal band. I talked to Rayna a couple of days ago and she told me she and Morgan had found Jesus. I don't think they're acting too Christ-like right now."
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