|Media format||CD & DVD|
Allstar projects are by no means a warrantor of great music. Nevertheless, the comeback of drum god Richard Christy and Tim "Ripper" Owens outshines their shared Iced Earth times. A melodic Heavy Metal showbag - a class of its own.
Tracklist - Charred Walls Of The Damned
- 1.Ghost Town
- 2.From The Abyss
- 3.Creating Our Machine
- 4.Blood On Wood
- 5.In A World So Cruel
- 7.Voices Within The Walls
- 8.The Darkest Eyes
- 9.Fear In The Sky
- 1.The Making Of "Charred Walls Of The Damned"
- 2.A Richard Christy Drum Solo
- 3.Ghost Town (Drum Video)
EMP Editorial Team (05.01.2010)
Instead of concentrating on his second album with Beyond Fear, Tim "Ripper" Owens prefers the support of well-known, seasoned musicians. His solo all-star album was pretty mediocre, so maybe it's really better to cooperate with some household names. Richard Christy (ex-Death, ex-Iced Earth) the drum prodigy has started this red-hot project with the long, long name together with Steve DiGiorgio (bass) and Jason Suecof as guitarist-cum-producer. Don't get irritated by the few hefty blast beat seconds (among others, on "Ghost town"), though: the blokes know what the Ripper needs. He isn't forced to scream all along, he can be a wonderful siren and dwell on his vibrato - we haven't heard such great harmonies by him for a long time. Rob Halford has bored us with Christmas songs - the Ripper outdoes him easily with this demonstration of a versatility consisting of true traditional Metal (albeit spiced with a modern sound a dash of progressive stuff). Wow.