Richard Christy Resumes Playing Metal with Charred Walls of the Damned
Working on the ‘Howard Stern Show,’ which begins airing at 6 AM — and that says nothing about what time the staff has to be on site to prep for the morning’s show — is a full-time job that death metal icon Richard Christy has tackled with aplomb. He’s become a fixture on the program, but that hasn’t distracted him from his first love: heavy metal.
“I make it work,” Christy said about juggling his new band, Charred Walls of the Damned, recently signed to Metal Blade, and the Stern show. “I’ve been doing music on the side since I moved to New York. I want to do an album. I have sat on sidelines for the past few years. I’m tired of going to shows, standing in the audience …”
Wait, Christy, the die-hard Coheed and Cambria fan who admitted on-air to his boss that he wears diapers to C and C shows so he doesn’t miss a second of their set by taking the obligatory piss, is tired of being in the crowd? “Ok, so I’m tired of standing in the crowd with my diaper on,” he laughed, when Noisecreep reminded him of this little urinary fact! “I’m itching to get back on stage. Howard takes quite a bit of vacation, so I can do shows here and there, and I am putting my stand-up comedy on hold to do music!” Christy has been pounding the skins since he was 10-years-old and admitted he can’t escape the gravitational pull of metal!
For CWOTD’s debut, Christy wrote all the music on guitar and drums, and demoed everything. “I’m not good enough of a guitarist to play on album,” he admitted. “But I can write music. [Producer] Jason Suecof is a virtuoso guitarist, and he’ll take the songs and re-work them.” Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens will sing, as well. Given Christy’s death metal background and Owens’ soaring voice, CWOTD isn’t your father’s heavy metal. “It has blast beats and super heavy death metal stuff, and Jason will do some singing. The main thing is that it’s catchy and sticks in your head. Morbid Angel and Dismember, as heavy as they were, had catchy songs. That’s what this project will have.”