Monte Pittman launches “New Blood Keeps Us Alive” video

– October 12th, 2017 –

Having released his latest full-length, Inverted Grasp of Balance, last year via Metal Blade Records, Monte Pittman is now launching a new video for the album track, “New Blood Keeps Us Alive” (by Travis Colbert: http://bit.ly/2iijkXC). To view the video, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=tU6RECXtUi8

Monte Pittman comments: “I discovered the Bravo Tip Or Pay app from performing for the Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go. I think it’s something that could change every musicians’ life. I’ve been selling tickets to my shows and selling merchandise at shows using their app. They’ve been coming with me on some shows and brought along Travis Colbert to film content. While in New York, I was sitting around playing my acoustic where we were staying and Travis started filming me. He said, ‘We could make a video’. Once I saw what he filmed, we immediately started filming the ‘New Blood Keeps Us Alive’ video since that’s the only track that has acoustic guitar on it. We have been filming for more videos coming out soon also.”

Catch Monte Pittman live across the USA this fall/winter – see below for upcoming dates!
Oct. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat (Metal Assault showcase)
Nov. 4 – Shreveport, LA – Strange Brew
Dec. 1 – Dubuque, IA – The Lift
Dec. 2 – Milwaukee, WI – Lucky Chance
Dec. 9 – New York, NY – VYNL (Black Rose Room)
Dec. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A GoGo

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout – and ravenous – fan base. The record also features powerhouse drummer Richard Christy of Charred Walls Of The Damned/Iced Earth/Death fame and virtuoso bassist Billy Sheehan, famous for his work with a plethora of talented artists – including David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and, more recently, Winery Dogs. The skill of all concerned explodes from the speakers!

To preview and purchase Inverted Grasp of Balance, please visit: metalblade.com/montepittman

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Frontiers Music Srl Inks Deal With Warlord

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to welcome legendary U.S. metal act Warlord to the family for the release of a new studio album in 2018!

Long admirers of the band and having gotten to know drummer Mark Zonder through his work with Graham Bonnet Band and the upcoming group, Spirits Of Fire, (which also features Tim Ripper Owens (Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex Iced Earth, Judas Priest), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and Steve Di Giorgio (Death (Official), Testament, Sadus)), Frontiers approached Zonder about the prospect of doing a new Warlord album for release in 2018. Luckily for the label, Zonder and co-founder/guitarist William J. Tsamis were very much open to the idea. Says Zonder, “[a]fter all of these years, Warlord is with a ‘real label.’ It will be great to have Warlord music shared with a worldwide audience., which is something that has been missing for many years. With my prior working experiences with Frontiers, I know Warlord is in the right place and I am very appreciative of this great opportunity. We thank everyone at the label for their belief in Warlord!”

In September 2013, Tsamis and Zonder announced that they had tapped vocalist Nicholas Leptos of Arrayan Path and Astronomikon to be the new Warlord singer. This line-up, along with bassist Bynoe will be the line-up for the upcoming new album. Adds Zonder, “this Warlord release will be like all of the previous ones, 100% Warlord. No changing of direction to keep up with the current fad, just good ol’ school Warlord music. Maybe leaning back a touch to the early days and we promise a high energy album that features the classic Bill Tsamis compositions and his classic guitar melody lines. As I always try to do, I’ll give it my all in tandem with my favorite bass player Philip Bynoe, working together to create a solid foundation. This will be the first studio recording with Nicholas Leptos on vocals. We have performed live with him several times and are eagerly awaiting to capture his dynamic performances on tape. A classic Warlord album in the making……”

Stay tuned for updates as work on the album progresses….

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Monte Pittman releases video for “Guilty Pleasure” online

– 28/10/16 –

After releasing his new album, Inverted Grasp of Balance, last month via Metal Blade Records, Monte Pittman is now pleased to debut his new video for the track “Guilty Pleasure”. Filmed on location at Beauty & Essex in Las Vegas, NV, the video stars Leanna Decker (model and Playboy’s cybergirl of the year 2012) and was directed by Vince Edwards. To watch “Guilty Pleasure”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=iphby4etuco

Inverted Grasp of Balance can be purchased at: metalblade.com/montepittman

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout – and ravenous – fan base. The record also features powerhouse drummer Richard Christy of Charred Walls Of The Damned/Iced Earth/Death fame and virtuoso bassist Billy Sheehan, famous for his work with a plethora of talented artists – including David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and, more recently, Winery Dogs. The skill of all concerned explodes from the speakers!

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Charred Walls Of The Damned’s new album, ‘Creatures Watching Over the Dead’, enters the music charts

– October 4th, 2016 –

Charred Walls Of The Damned – the brainchild of former Death/Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy – recently released their third full-length, Creatures Watching Over The Dead, via Metal Blade Records. The album entered the following music charts in the USA:

#16 Top Albums Market Share- RED
#21 Top New Artist Albums
#22 Current Hard Music Albums
#52 Record Label Independent Current Albums
#190 Top Current Albums

Richard Christy comments: “Thank you SOOOO MUCH to all of you headbangers out there who picked up the new Charred Walls Of The Damned album ‘Creatures Watching Over The Dead’ in the first week of release! My metal horns are raised in salute to all of you! Please tell all of your friends about the album and let’s spread the word of METAL! Cheers!”

To preview and purchase Creatures Watching Over The Dead, please visit: metalblade.com/cwotd

With five years having elapsed since the quartet dropped Cold Winds On Timeless Days, it’s understandable that fans have been yearning for more, but Charred Walls Of The Damned has not exactly been sitting around, kicking their heels. Christy – who has previously played with Iced Earth, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside and Leash Law – played drums on Monte Pittman‘s Inverted Grasp Of Balance, wrote music for New York State’s “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” event, and co-wrote a heavy metal comedy Viking rock opera with guitarist Jason Suecof and Titmouse Animation, titled “Majestic Loincloth”. Suecof is of course one of the most in demand producers in contemporary metal. Then there’s legendary bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who made a name for himself in the ranks of Death, Testament, Vintersorg, Dragonlord and a myriad of other great metal bands; in recent years, he has laid down his inimitable style on records from Ephel Duath, Soen, Memorain and others. Which just leaves vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, who for a time fronted Judas Priest, before lending his formidable pipes to Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen‘s mighty compositions, touring relentlessly under his own name, and starting a new band (Project Rock).

When it was time to lay the songs down, Charred Walls Of The Damned convened at Suecof’s Audiohammer Studio, outside Orlando, FL. The nine resulting tracks are heavy, catchy, anthemic and downright killer music to wreck your neck to. See below for the official track-listing!

Creatures Watching Over the Dead track-listing
1. My Eyes
2. The Soulless
3. Afterlife
4. As I Catch My Breath
5. Lies
6. Reach into the Light
7. Tear Me Down
8. Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
9. Time Has Passed

Charred Walls Of The Damned line-up:
Richard Christy – Drums
Jason Suecof – Guitar, Producer
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Steve Digiorgio – Bass

Charred Walls Of The Damned online:
http://www.richardchristy.com
https://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned
https://twitter.com/cwotd

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Charred Walls Of The Damned Streams Full “Creatures Watching Over The Dead” Album

Charred Walls Of The Damned – the brainchild of former Death/Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy – will release third full-length album “Creatures Watching Over The Dead” this Friday (September 23rd) via Metal Blade Records.

Today “Creatures Watching Over The Dead” is available as an online stream in advance of the release – check it out below, and you can pre-order the album in various formats right here. The full track listing is:

1. My Eyes
2. The Soulless
3. Afterlife
4. As I Catch My Breath
5. Lies
6. Reach into the Light
7. Tear Me Down
8. Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
9. Time Has Passed

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Charred Walls Of The Damned’s Richard Christy launches drum play-through for new track, “My Eyes”

– September 6th, 2016 –

Charred Walls Of The Damned – the brainchild of former Death/Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy – will release their third full-length, Creatures Watching Over The Dead, on September 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Today, Richard Christy has launched a drum play-through for the new track, “My Eyes”, which can be viewed at:
youtube.com | vimeo.com

For another preview of Creatures Watching Over The Dead, the first single, “The Soulless”, can be heard now at: metalblade.com/cwotd – where the record is also available for pre-order in various formats.

With five years having elapsed since the quartet dropped Cold Winds On Timeless Days, it’s understandable that fans have been yearning for more, but Charred Walls Of The Damned has not exactly been sitting around, kicking their heels. Christy – who has previously played with Iced Earth, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside and Leash Law – played drums on Monte Pittman‘s Inverted Grasp Of Balance, wrote music for New York State’s “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” event, and co-wrote a heavy metal comedy Viking rock opera with guitarist Jason Suecof and Titmouse Animation, titled “Majestic Loincloth”. Suecof is of course one of the most in demand producers in contemporary metal. Then there’s legendary bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who made a name for himself in the ranks of Death, Testament, Vintersorg, Dragonlord and a myriad of other great metal bands; in recent years, he has laid down his inimitable style on records from Ephel Duath, Soen, Memorain and others. Which just leaves vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, who for a time fronted Judas Priest, before lending his formidable pipes to Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen‘s mighty compositions, touring relentlessly under his own name, and starting a new band (Project Rock).

When it was time to lay the songs down, Charred Walls Of The Damned convened at Suecof’s Audiohammer Studio, outside Orlando, FL. The nine resulting tracks are heavy, catchy, anthemic and downright killer music to wreck your neck to. See below for the official track-listing!

Creatures Watching Over the Dead track-listing
1. My Eyes
2. The Soulless
3. Afterlife
4. As I Catch My Breath
5. Lies
6. Reach into the Light
7. Tear Me Down
8. Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
9. Time Has Passed

Charred Walls Of The Damned line-up:
Richard Christy – Drums
Jason Suecof – Guitar, Producer
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Steve Digiorgio – Bass

Charred Walls Of The Damned online:
http://www.richardchristy.com
https://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned
https://twitter.com/cwotd

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Charred Walls of the Damned reveals details for new album, ‘Creatures Watching Over The Dead’

– August 4th, 2016 –

Streams new track, “The Soulless”, online

Charred Walls Of The Damned – the brainchild of former Death/Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy – will release their third full-length, Creatures Watching Over The Dead, on September 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has released the first single from the album, entitled “The Soulless”. This blistering track can be heard now at: metalblade.com/cwotd – where the record is also available for pre-order in various formats.

With five years having elapsed since the quartet dropped Cold Winds On Timeless Days, it’s understandable that fans have been yearning for more, but Charred Walls Of The Damned has not exactly been sitting around, kicking their heels. Christy – who has previously played with Iced Earth, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside and Leash Law – played drums on Monte Pittman‘s Inverted Grasp Of Balance, wrote music for New York State’s “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” event, and co-wrote a heavy metal comedy Viking rock opera with guitarist Jason Suecof and Titmouse Animation, titled “Majestic Loincloth”. Suecof is of course one of the most in demand producers in contemporary metal. Then there’s legendary bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who made a name for himself in the ranks of Death, Testament, Vintersorg, Dragonlord and a myriad of other great metal bands; in recent years, he has laid down his inimitable style on records from Ephel Duath, Soen, Memorain and others. Which just leaves vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, who for a time fronted Judas Priest, before lending his formidable pipes to Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen‘s mighty compositions, touring relentlessly under his own name, and starting a new band (Project Rock).

When it was time to lay the songs down, Charred Walls Of The Damned convened at Suecof’s Audiohammer Studio, outside Orlando, FL. The nine resulting tracks are heavy, catchy, anthemic and downright killer music to wreck your neck to. See below for the official track-listing!

Creatures Watching Over the Dead track-listing
1. My Eyes
2. The Soulless
3. Afterlife
4. As I Catch My Breath
5. Lies
6. Reach into the Light
7. Tear Me Down
8. Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
9. Time Has Passed

Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

Charred Walls Of The Damned line-up:
Richard Christy – Drums
Jason Suecof – Guitar, Producer
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Steve Digiorgio – Bass

Charred Walls Of The Damned online:
http://www.richardchristy.com
https://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned
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David Vincent To Front New Lineup Of Death

Legendary U.S. death metal pioneers Death will return to the studio and live venues in 2017 with a revamped lineup featuring ex-Morbid Angel vocalist David Vincent. Joining the lineup is: ex-Death to All/Cynic (live) vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps and guitarist Shannon Hamm and Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy, both of who performed on Death’s latest studio album “The Sound of Perseverance.” David Vincent will assume both lead vocal and bass duties for the new lineup.

The new lineup was hand selected by manager/Chuck Schuldiner’s estate lawyer Eric Greif, with assistance by drummer Richard Christy. A new album is currently being penned by Vincent and Hamm and is targeted for release in late 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Greif was unavailable for comment, but Vincent was asked about whether he would continue Schuldiner’s progressive vision of the band and continue in the same vein as “The Sound of Perseverance,” which he replied: “I’m not sure yet. Its hard for me to approach this album trying to think what Chuck would have done had he been able to release another Death album. I’m just trying to write a great album that will respect the legacy he left, but also keep his spirit of innovation alive through our influences. I’d like to think Chuck would have moved the Death sound in all different directions given the way music has changed over the last 18 years. I will say this though – expect the unexpected.”

As to why this happened now, Richard Christy replied: “A void has been left in the scene when Chuck was taken from us and we intend to continue the legacy of Chuck. I expect to see a lot of backlash, especially calling this band ‘Death,’ but lineups in bands change and in the modern era even the biggest lineup changes have been accepted over time. We hope people will buy into what we are trying to do and give us the benefit of the doubt. At first, we thought about a different name like ‘Death*’ or ‘Death 2.0,’ but Death is just Death, so we kept it Death.”

More information is expected soon.

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Tim “Ripper” Owens Performs Judas Priest “One On One”

Footage is available online, courtesy of YouTube user “bigpopapop,” of Tim “Ripper” Owens (Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth) covering the track “One On One” by Judas Priest.

Check out the performance from a Panama show that took place back in November via the YouTube player below.

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CreativeLive To Stream “Mastering Metal Songwriting” Class

CreativeLive will livestream its next Music & Audio channel course, “Mastering Metal Songwriting,” tomorrow (Tuesday, June 17th) at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Eyal Levi, producer at Audiohammer Studios (The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, Whitechapel), will host the two-day class along with special guests Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter), Todd Jones (Nails) and John Browne (Monuments).

In this course, free to watch live, Levi, Clark, Jones and Browne will explore what it takes to craft great songs, from basic song structure and riff-writing, to writing melodies, leads and vocals, and then fine-tuning the arrangement to take your song from good to great.

The class will also feature critiques of songs from Kaine, Sacred Ash, and Mechanigod – which were chosen out of more than 300 entries submitted by bands at the Metalunderground Facebook page.

Head over to CreativeLive.com at this location for more information and to enroll for free today. Since its inception in 2010, CreativeLive has broadcast more than 600 courses to more than 2 million students worldwide.

As a part of the Audiohammer family, Eyal Levi has worked with such acts as Job for a Cowboy, August Burns Red, Six Feet Under, Carnifex, Chelsea Grin, Whitechapel, Deicide, Death Angel, I Killed The Prom Queen, The Contortionist, Motionless In White, Arsis, Demon Hunter, Firewind, Charred Walls of the Damned and, most recently, The Black Dahlia Murder, Battlecross, DevilDriver and Reflections.

Aside from his work behind the glass, Levi has toured the world and released three studio albums with Century Media/Roadrunner artists, Dååth, while also releasing an instrumental guitar album with Emil Werstler on Magna Carta called Avalanche of Worms.

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