After the announcement that former Judas Priest frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens along with guitarist producer Jason Suecof and bassist Steve Digiorgio had joined the mix, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED was established to have some serious metal cred.
On their SELF-TITLED debut album (Metal Blade, Feb 2, 2010), CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED (CWOTD) establishes themselves as the latest bearer of a heavy metal torch carried by the likes of PRIEST and DIO before them.
A 35-minute shredfest from start to back, the musicianship is nothing short of top notch, as to be expected from a group of players that have logged time with acts like TESTAMENT and the aforementioned Iced Earth and Death. The first single “Ghost Town” (see the video below) is akin to late 80’s thrash with a melodic chorus reminiscent of those bellowed through countless arenas of the era. Despite it’s throwback appeal, CWOTD is by no means a dated-sounding homage.
Moving forward through the album, “Creating our Machine” and “Manifestations” shine as highlights within an album devoid of any real sour notes.
Rating: 4/5 Stars