Acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy (CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE) — who currently works for "The Howard Stern Show" — will guest-host a special hour of his favorite metal jams in his "Heavy Metal Hoedown" on Sirius XM's Liquid Metal channel. Tune in to hear Richard play some of his all-time favorite metal bands such as AMON AMARTH, NEVERMORE, WRATHCHILD AMERICA, THE HIXON, CROTCHDUSTER, DISMEMBER and more. Plus Richard will show off his inhuman drumming skills in recorded offerings from CONTROL DENIED, ICED EARTH, BURNING INSIDE and a solo song called "Frost", which appeared in a Howard TV special.
Thursday, July 23 @ 4:00 p.m. ET
Friday, July 24 @ 2:00 a.m. ET
Friday, July 24 @ 8:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, July 25 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
In other news, Christy will host the Hixon-Fest heavy metal bash on Saturday, July 25 at The Pennant East in Bellmawr, New Jersey, near Philadelphia. This yearly event is put together by New Jersey's THE HIXON to showcase some of the best metal bands in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania/Delaware tri-state area. Also scheduled to appear are QUEEN DIAMOND (all-female KING DIAMOND tribute band) and MISSTALLICA (all-female METALLICA tribute band). There will also be raffles and prizes and tons of other cool things happening.
For more information, visit www.hixonfest.com.
In the spring of 2009, Christy, former drummer for DEATH and ICED EARTH, finished writing the music for a new project. The music for album began to take shape roughly two years ago, after several years of Richard being on a musical hiatus. And though Richard is mostly known for his drumming prowess, he has also actively played guitar since 1992. The project would come to be named CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED.
Upon completing the music for the album in 2009, Richard began to put together his dream band of musicians whom he considers to be some of the best in the world. Included in this musical collective is famed producer, Jason Suecof. Suecof has produced and/or mixed some of the most prominent albums from metal's leading bands, including TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, BURY YOUR DEAD, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DAATH, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER, GOD FORBID and many, many more. Richard and Jason have been friends for over ten years and wrote music together for years while Richard resided in Florida. On vocals for CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED is none other than legendary metal vocalist, Tim "Ripper" Owens. Richard and Tim played together in ICED EARTH from 2003 to 2004. Tim "Ripper" Owens' first and most well-known gig was with metal legends JUDAS PRIEST. He currently performs with BEYOND FEAR and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE. On bass guitar for CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED is one of metal's most heralded bassists, Steve Digiorgio. Richard and Steve played together in the bands CONTROL DENIED and ICED EARTH. DiGiorgio has also performed with DEATH, AUTOPSY, CONTROL DENIED, TESTAMENT, VINTERSORG, ICED EARTH, and is a founding member of technical thrash pioneers SADUS. He is widely renowned for his technical skills, and is one of the very few bass players in the metal scene who plays fretless bass.
CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED is:
Richard Christy - Drums
Jason Suecof - Guitar, Producer
Tim "Ripper" Owens - Vocals
Steve Digiorgio - Bass