Charred Walls of the Damned
Creatures Watching Over the Dead
Company: Metal Blade
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Sort of a generic "3" thrown up here for the third album from supergroup Charred Walls of the Damned. The band once again features drummer Richard Christy (Howard Stern, Death), Tim Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Steve DiGiorgio (ex-Iced Earth) and Jason Suecof (producer extraordinaire). While I didn't particularly care for the band's first two albums, this one seems less technical and punchy and more streamlined. Owens is mid to high throughout and I think that one dimensional style is a bit too much for this record. There just seems to be a whole lot of vocal notes here. There are small sections of charging rhythm guitar and doubles that leaves a thrash mark yet the band refuses to go down that road often. Instead you get more epic songs like "Lies" that just go nowhere. Props to "Afterlife", "My Eyes" and "Time Has Passed" but overall this is staccato Killswitch Engage without the aggression.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.