Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy (CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE) at the release party for CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s sophomore album, “Cold Winds On Timeless Days”, on October 11, 2011 at Idle Hands in New York City. You can now watch the chat below.
“Cold Winds On Timeless Days” sold around 1,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 14 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The self-titled debut album from CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED opened with around 2,200 units to enter the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart at No. 6.
“Cold Winds On Timeless Days” was released on October 11 via Metal Blade Records. Audiohammer‘s Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York.
The writing process for “Cold Winds On Timeless Days” actually began while the band was mixing its 2010 debut. Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member’s playing style, but to Jason Suecof‘s production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album.
With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording twelve songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further: “I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.” Christy describes “Cold Winds on Timeless Days” as a “perfect storm of producing.”
“Cold Winds On Timeless Days” track listing:
01. Timeless Days
02. Ashes Falling Upon Us
04. Cold Winds
05. Lead The Way
06. Forever Marching On
07. Guiding Me
08. The Beast Outside My Window
09. On Unclean Ground
11. Admire The Heroes
12. Avoid The Light
The cover artwork for the album can be seen below.
CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s recording lineup:
* Richard Christy – Drums
* Jason Suecof – Guitar, Producer
* Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ICED EARTH) – Vocals
* Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT) – Bass