If there was one band that went under everyone’s radar a few years ago, it was definitely Charred Walls of the Damned. An epic and seriously heavy super group that has put out two extremely entertaining albums, only to top them both with their third record, Creatures Watching Over the Dead.
The bands debut album was a big winner with me and I found their second to be a bit long winded, but had enough quality to justify the purchase. But with their third, well… let’s just say they hit the nail right on the head. I know in these modern times that listeners think that albums under an hour are a complete rip off. But when Creatures Watching Over the Dead finishes just under thirty five minutes after it started, you just know you have heard the definition of short but sweet.
The album boasts some seriously heavy riffs, but not the same tired tripe that bands seem to recycle without a single thought. There are no tedious start and stop rhythms, no frustrating bass drops (or whatever you call it), no aimless blast beats. It is just one great song after the other, like an intense combo to the ears. There is a lot of obvious effort put into the songs. It is clear that the band didn’t want to simply be a mindless macho metal band, so they’ve implemented a great mix of heavy material and wrapped it round a very nice subtle layer of melody, with the kind of success that most metalcore bands could not achieve even if their man buns depended on it.
With this kind of music, it is nice to hear a singer that can actually sing. That singer is none other than former Judas Priest front man Tim “Ripper” Owens, the man that seems to pop up on every second album I buy. The dude pulls out all the stops, some of which must be a career highlight for sure. The same could said for the other members Steve Di Giorgio, Jason Suecof and Richard Christy. These guys gel very well together and definitely have some of the best chemistry I have heard in metal in the last ten years.
I could keep rambling about this record. To get to the point, this is a great album. It has a lot of what made the record great but also utilises a lot of the melody found on the follow up record, Cold Winds of Timeless Days. It is a bold creative mix that works really well with the bands talents and I would find it hard for any metal out there who likes this kind of music would deny the awesome tunes these guys put out.
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Track Listing :
- My Eyes
- The Soulless
- As I Catch My Breath
- Reach Into the Light
- Tear Me Down
- Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
- Time Has Passed