Acclaimed heavy metal drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE), who currently works for "The Howard Stern Show", has issued the following update:"I'll be making an announcement soon about the metal album that I'm recording this summer. I've been playing guitar a ton in the last several years and for about the past two years I've been writing a lot of metal music which I'm really proud of and can't wait to get in the studio to record! I've been a metalhead since I was eight years old and I can't wait to get into the studio to pound on the drums and record some crushing new metal music!" Among the musicians who are rumored to be appearing on Christy's new album — which will be released through the Metal Blade label — are vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, ICED EARTH). Christy has played in many bands, including ICED EARTH, BURNING INSIDE, DEATH and CONTROL DENIED. Christy joined DEATH after meeting their leader Chuck Schuldiner in a bookstore while the band was looking for a new drummer after the departure of Gene Hoglan. Christy recorded three albums with DEATH (the critically-acclaimed "The Sound of Perseverance", released in 1998; "Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)", 2001; and "Live in Eindhoven", also 2001) and one album with CONTROL DENIED, "The Fragile Art of Existence", which came out in 1999.