DEVILDRIVER and COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara joins us on this week’s Loaded Radio Podcast
Dez Fafara is a renowned American vocalist and frontman, best known for his work with the California groove-metal band DEVILDRIVER and Nu-Metal stalwarts COAL CHAMBER. Born on May 12, 1966, in Santa Barbara, California, Fafara developed a passion for music from an early age. He grew up listening to various genres of music, including punk, rock, and metal, which greatly influenced his musical style.
Fafara co-founded the band COAL CHAMBER in 1994, along with guitarist Miguel “Meegs” Rascón. Known for their distinct fusion of nu-metal, gothic, and alternative rock elements, the band gained significant attention in the late ’90s. Fafara‘s aggressive yet melodic vocals and captivating stage presence contributed to the band’s success. They released three studio albums, including 1997’s self-titled album, 1999’s “Chamber Music“, and 2002’s “Dark Days” before taking an extended hiatus and returning with the 2015 LP “Rivals“.
In 2002, Dez formed DEVILDRIVER, a heavy metal band with a more aggressive and intense sound. Leading the group as the vocalist and primary songwriter, Fafara steered the new group towards a more straightforward and brutal approach to metal. The band’s debut album, “Devildriver,” was released in 2003 and received critical acclaim for its ferocity and uncompromising style. The band has since released several successful albums, including “The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand” (2005), “Pray for Villains” (2009), and “Trust No One” (2016), solidifying their place in the metal scene.
Throughout his career, Fafara has collaborated with various artists and participated in numerous side projects, including collaborations with Ozzy Osbourne, Nikki Sixx, and SOULFLY. He has also been involved in other creative ventures outside of music, such as launching his own clothing line and promoting his tattoo-inspired artwork.
Dez‘s contributions to the metal and rock genres have made him an influential figure in the music industry. His powerful and emotive vocal style, combined with his ability to connect with audiences through raw and honest lyrics, have garnered him a dedicated fan base worldwide. Fafara‘s relentless passion for music and his unwavering commitment to his craft continue to drive his artistic journey, cementing his status as a prominent figure in the metal community.
On this week’s edition of The Loaded Radio Podcast, Fafara discusses his upcoming autobiography, DD‘s latest album “Dealing With Demons Vol. 2“, the upcoming tour with CRADLE OF FILTH and the reuniting of COAL CHAMBER. You can tune in via the player below or wherever you get your podcasts.