Review: Charred Walls of the Damned – Cold Winds on Timeless Days



With a day job as a Howard Stern Show funnyman, veteran drummer Richard Christy can keep his music as all play and no work, which may explain why Charred Walls of the Damned sound so energized and uncompromising. The group’s second album is a 58-minute barrage of cutting-edge power metal abounding with tumbling polyrhythms, asymmetrical riffs, and unconventional arrangements. Though technically demanding, the songs are focused by the tuneful, vibrato-laden vocals of Tim “Ripper” Owens and the crafty guitar work and stellar production of Jason Suecof, who adheres disparate instrumental parts to piercing vocal harmonies seamlessly. Timeless, indeed. JON WIEDERHORN

  • Gunman12

    My first couple times listening to this album leaves alot to be desired. It’s all over the place and lacking any coherent groove to me. I will give it a couple of more tries but it seems nowhere as good as Ripper Owens other projects like Beyond Fear and the Iced Earth stuff. Sorry.

  • adad

    this is one of the best metal records since a long time, a masterpiece