metal drummer and Howard Stern sidekick Richard Christy's new metal band,
Charred Walls Of The Damned, is a conglomeration of heavy metal's finest
like to use the term "supergroup," but the band's incredible lineup — Tim
"Ripper" Owens (vocals), Steve DiGiorgio (bass) and famed producer Jason
Suecof (guitars) — is pretty spectacular. The players have been friends with
Christy from previous bands, so the chemistry to create the kind of metal
that they are all fans of and would want to listen to is definitely present.
With three of the four guys being ex-Iced Earth members, there will
undoubtedly be comparisons, but Charred Walls of the Damned is not simply an
Iced Earth ripoff.
wrote all of the lyrics, and the album took two years to complete. "Ghost
Town" has been previewed on their MySpace page for months, and the eerily
awesome video debuted this week on various Webzines. The song proves to be a
great opener to this nine-track CD. The technical aspect of the band is
top-notch. Each song flows well and never gets boring. Owens' voice is in
fine form, and the rest of the band play their parts exceptionally well.
on Wood" emerges with a cool-but-brief funklike bass line from DiGiorgio,
followed by an excellent chorus line and some sweeping guitar leads from
Suecof. "Voices within the Walls" has an Iced Earth flavor to it, especially
Suecof's intro lead and melody line. Suecof's guitar prowess is amazing; his
stamp is all over the CD (he produced it). He pops up at the right moment to
execute a tasty guitar lick and guides the song with precise riffs.
Christy's drumming is solid, and he adds the right fills at the right time
without overpowering the song. His double bass technique and rhythm changes
are executed with tasteful precision. CD closer "Fear in the Sky," handles
how Christy feels about flying. The song is chilling; you'll really feel the
emotion of what Owens is singing, and the tempo changes add to the
an excellent album, from Christy's introductory drumming to the climactic
conclusion. However, DiGiorgio's bass is mixed too low and doesn't stand
out, which is a shame because he is one of metal's premier bassists. I think
Christy hit the nail on the head with Charred Walls of the Damned's debut
album, and it deserves the fans' attention.