CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED — the project led by acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE) — has set “Cold Winds On Timeless Days” as the title of its sophomore CD, due 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. Christystates, “It’s 12 songs of crushing heavy metal and I CAN’T WAIT for everyone to hear it.
“I’m VERY proud of this album — everyone worked so hard on it and when you listen to it, it definitely shows.”
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.
Fans can hear the first single, “Zerospan”, in the YouTube clip below.
Christy previously stated about the new CHARRED material, “If you liked the first album, you’re definitely going to love this album! It’s going to be super-melodic, have plenty of blast beats, plenty of super-catchy vocal parts, heavy guitars, and insane bass parts!”
Fans got a chance to watch Christy and vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ICED EARTH) perform the songs from CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s debut album during a July 2010 tour that included stops in Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Cleveland and Pittsburgh before wrapping up in Worcester, Massachusetts as part of a massive show with DREAM THEATER.
CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s touring lineup made its live debut on July 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Stepping in for the concerts were Cleveland guitarists John Comprix and Matt Sorg. Comprix is Owens‘ bandmate in several projects, and Sorg plays with Comprix in RINGWORM.
The self-titled debut album from CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 6 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.
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