CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED — the project led by acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE) — is scheduled to begin mixing its sophomore CD in June for a tentative October 11 release via Metal Blade Records. Christy states, “The album is crushing and I’m so proud of it; I cannot wait for people to hear it!”
CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s follow-up to the band’s 2010 self-titled debut was recorded in part at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (ALL THAT REMAINS, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA).
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 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.
The recording sessions for the first CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED CD took place at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof, who has previously worked with TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, BURY YOUR DEAD, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DAATH, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER and GOD FORBID, among others.
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
CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s “Ghost Town” video can be viewed below.
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