COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has denied the rumors of the group's imminent break-up and has addressed the reasons for launching DEATHRIDE, his recently-formed side project that is tentatively preparing to release its debut album in 2003.In a letter to the fans posted at COAL CHAMBER's official web site, Fafara stated the following: On the rumors of COAL CHAMBER's split:
"Now let me address the rumors... COAL CHAMBER is NOT breaking up. We don't break up, We take prolonged absences. Even though the members of this band never see eye to eye, we understand that the music we make is unique and has its place at the table. The love for playing that music which we've created is what brings life into us. Though COAL CHAMBER takes its time to produce our 3 CDs in 7 Years, I believe it is the time this art needs to come about. However, it is those prolonged absences from playing live with the band, those absences from the microphone and a live audience that led me to realize the void that time away from music was giving me. It is a catastrophe to my soul... So I create diversions in those times away from COAL CHAMBER. Such as The October Bunch: a children's book based on Halloween that I wrote with [fiancee] Anahstasia, Sever Records: My record company that is turning out quite successful. Soon-to-be-published poetry book or producing bands such as [Houston's] DIRT, whose CD is out now [by the way]. ALL THESE THINGS, ALL OF THESE DIVERSIONS (BECAUSE THATS WHAT THEY ARE)... NONE OF THESE THINGS HOLD A CANDLE TO PLAYING LIVE EVERY NIGHT AND TOURING AND MEETING THE FANS THAT SUPPORT YOUR ART." On DEATHRIDE:
"In my search to fill my heart with music, not only did I find song but spirit and camaraderie within five individuals now collectively known as DEATHRIDE. Being the gentleman that I am, I wont discuss DEATHRIDE on this website after this letter. www.deathride.cc will be the place for discussion about this topic. The members of COAL CHAMBER are each very talented in his/hers own way and has been gracious enough to allow me to have a house in which to grow in. I'm sure you can expect many great things from each one on an individual basis while we pass the time between us for now. I thank all of you once again for your support and wish you to understand I'm extremely reclusive and don't often bare my soul but felt it necessary to speak out on this subject immediately. Since I don't do anything half-assed or on the fence, I am moving forward with DEATHRIDE and looking forward to recording and touring with them."