Acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE) has issued the following update:
"Last week I recorded drum tracks for 12 new songs for the second CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED album!
"I flew down to Miami, Florida the day after Christmas to start tracking drums at the legendary studio The Hit Factory Criteria Studios.
"The drum room we recorded in was insane; it was the size of a school gymnasium and my drums sounded massive in there!
"We got a very natural drum sound, thanks to our awesome engineer, Mark Lewis, and the amazing drum room. Everything went really smooth and we finished up in a very quick two and a half days, and I'm super-excited for everyone to hear the monster drum sound we got for these awesome songs.
"Seeing gold albums hanging on the walls from bands like THE EAGLES and BLACK SABBATH was so inspiring, too. The historic music that's been created at that studio is just unreal and it was an honor to record the drums for the second CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED album there.
"We'll be finishing up the rest of the album in January and February at Audiohammer Studios in Orlando and we're hoping to have the album out sometime this summer.
"The songs are super-heavy, brutal, and very melodic and catchy, like the first album,
"I can't wait for people to hear our new material!"
Check out photos from the studio below.
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.
The recording sessions for the 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.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/charredwallsofthedamned.