The new album by the all-star metal band, is here. “Creatures Watching Over The Dead” is the third full length release by CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED.
CWOTD is a power /speed metal band featuring Steve DiGiorgio on bass (SADUS, DEATH, TESTAMENT, ETC), Richard Christy on drums (DEATH, CONTROL DENIED ,ETC), Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals(WINTER’S BANE, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, ETC) and Jason Suecof on guitars. My personal worries about these kind of collaborations is the final outcome. Many great musicians here of course, but will the final outcome sound interesting? Well let’s find out…
Our first objection, I guess, would be about the album’s length, thirty nine minutes? It took these guys five years for a thirty nine minutes release? Well, if the content is good, I guess there’s no reason for whining.
“I really appreciate those guys, but the album is mediocre and repeatable to the point that it really hurts.”
The album starter is the song entitled “My Eyes”, an up tempo with a mid tempo, big ,melodic chorus, a catchy one. “Soulless” kicks in, with furious Richard Christy, changing drum patterns and tempos and it leads to another big, melodic , chorus. “Afterlife”, comes next, acoustic intro, up tempo verses, catchy chorus. “As I catch my breath”, the fourth track of the LP, I think, is their best track on “Creatures Watching Over The Dead”. Mid tempo, catchy chorus, again, almost a radio friendly track. To cut it short, all tracks have the same structure, with radio friendly choruses, almost the same single chorus. From those guys I ‘m sure, we should expect something better than this. Some originality at least. Of course, there is some great musicianship from time to time, but the rest of the album is really disappointing, at least to my ears.
I really don’t want to be mean, since I really appreciate those guys, but the album is mediocre and repeatable to the point that it really hurts. Not a bad album but it lacks originality.