Label/Year Released : Metal Blade Records – 2010
Charred Walls of the Damned is first and foremost, a super group, in every sense of the word. Their members have been with bands such as Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, and Death. Their collective musical experience speaks for itself when you listen to their new self titled album. And a record like this can only be described as quite frankly, the definition of simply heavy metal.
From the beginning of the first track on the album, this group of heavy metal veterans take absolutely no prisoners. Lightning fast skin work is provided by Iced Earth’s Richard Christy, along with a great guitar assault by producer Jason Suecof, and low end rumble coming courtesy of Steve DiGiorgio. Some of the tracks that in my opinion, best highlight the abilities of these musicians are “Blood on Wood” , “Ghost Town” and “Creating Our Machine”.
Perhaps the most notable highlight of this entire album comes in the form of vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, who’s first and most well known gig was with Judas Priest. Having a range in the same ballpark as his metal counterparts such as Ronnie James Dio, or Bruce Dickinson, tracks such as the epic “From The Abyss”, or the pounding assault of “The Darkest Eyes” get the vocal treatment they definitely deserve.
To conclude, there’s really not much else to say about this album, except go buy it, and listen to it. The music will speak for itself. And it will rip your face off. It’s great to see a group of well known musicians come together like this and produce a fabulous nod to the old school. Albums like this will enthusiastically bring back a nostalgia for denim, beer, and leather. The only real downfall to this album is, one can only headbang for so long before one’s neck gives out. I think it’s safe to say that this new offering is, to this listener, going to be in the stack of favorites for quite awhile.
Rating : 9.4/10
Notable Tracks : Creating Our Machine, Blood Wood, Ghost Town, The Darkest Eyes