Damn you, Richard Christy!
Where to begin? OK, for the uninitiated, one Mr. Christy is, without a doubt, the most badass drummer and heavy freakin’ metal, Caucasian music boy out there today, hands down. This guy is the absolute titties when it comes to all things “metal.” So, anyway, he has this band, Charred Walls of the Damned. Great band name? Get this … the title of their new album is Creatures Watching Over the Dead. I know, right? Best album title ever or what? Want to know how much better this gets?
Creatures Watching Over the Dead was produced by lead vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, the guy who Judas Priest chose to replace Rob “Heavy Metal God” Halford. That’s right, probably the biggest pairs of shoes anyone could be asked to step into, and one Mr. Owens did it, no problemo. So, we have Owens, Christy, and a bulldozer of a phalanx in the band with Jason Suecof on guitar and Steve Digiorgio on bass. Charred Walls of the Damned are not only the “perfect storm” of a metal band, but they have literally produced the quintessential metal album of not only the year, but in this reviewer’s opinion, one of the top 50 of all time. Yes, it is that good.
From the get go, Creatures Watching Over the Dead grabs you and doesn’t let go until the last note fades out. What the frak? Once upon a time, we had bands that released albums like this every other week. Thank you, little baby Jeebus, for Charred Walls of the Damned. ‘Murica and the rest of the world that lives, breathes and ball-sweats heavy metal have been waiting for you.
I won’t waste time and bore you with listing each song track by track. It’s easy. If you’re reading this review, you want to find Creatures Watching Over the Dead, pay for it, and then proceed to listen to it on a constant rotation. I’m King Rhino. I haven’t steered you wrong yet, and I’m not going to start now.
Creatures Watching Over the Dead is out now on Metal Blade Records. Buy it here!