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Charred Walls of the Damned
Creatures Watching Over the Dead
Type: CD
Company: Metal Blade
Release: 2016
Genre: Heavy/Extreme
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published:9/28/2016
Way too many vocals leaves this a little unsettled
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.

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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. 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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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All reviews for Charred Walls of the Damned:
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Charred Walls of the DamnedCharred Walls of the Damned
2010
Al Kikuras3/4/2010
Creatures Watching Over the DeadCharred Walls of the Damned
2016
Eric Compton9/28/2016



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