May 9, 2013 EPISODE 4: MAJESTIC LOINCLOTH 'Where To Now?'
May 7, 2013 EPISODE 3: MAJESTIC LOINCLOTH 'Squirt Your Courage All Over Me'
April 12, 2013 EPISODE 2: MAJESTIC LOINCLOTH 'One Stud Down & One To Go'
April 4, 2013 EPISODE 1: MAJESTIC LOINCLOTH 'Your Naughtiness Must Stop'
March 6, 2013 MAJESTIC LOINCLOTH, CELEBRATION OF SUDS, ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES, CWOTD BEER
A lot of things going on here at “Richard Christy Land”, first off, I’m SOOOOO excited to announce my new cartoon Majestic Loincloth! It’s been over 10 years in the making, I started filming a live version of the story back in 2002 in Florida and thanks to the brilliant Chris Prynoski at Titmouse Animation it’s been turned into a 10 episode cartoon featured on the Rugburn Youtube Channel! The first episode airs Mid March and you can now see the trailer here!!! youtube.com/... Directed by the brilliant Dicko Mather and featuring music from myself and Jason Suecof, Majestic Loincloth is the first ever “Heavy Metal Viking Rock Opera Homoerotic Medieval Animated Musical” and I think you’re going to love it!
I will also be appearing on Saturday April 6th at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival! Also known as Celebration Of The Suds! I’m a HUGE craft beer fan so this is going to be awesome! If you’re there come by and have a brew with me! For tickets and info you can go here: celebrationofthesuds.com
I’m also in a new film coming to theaters March 8th called Adventures of Serial Buddies. I’m so psyched to see this movie, it looks like it’s going to be hilarious! I filmed my scene a few years back when I was 60 pounds heavier so now I can tell people I gained weight for the role haha! The movie has a lot of awesome people in it including my buddy Artie Lange, Maria Menounos, Christopher Lloyd, and Kathie Lee Gifford who I’m a big fan of because she and Hoda drink every morning on their show! I LOVE morning drinking on the weekends so I have a lot of respect for Kathie Lee haha! You can check out the trailer and a list of theaters it’s showing at here: serialbuddies.com
A lot of people have been asking for updates on Charred Walls of the Damned and I’m happy to say that I have about seven songs written so far and they’re sounding crushing! Hopefully by the end of this year we’ll be in the studio and we’ll have some new Charred Walls music very soon!
I also want to let everyone know about Coheed and Cambria’s new double album The Afterman Descension & Ascension which is a freaking MASTERPIECE! I love this band and love their music and just want to let everyone know how amazing it is! They’re playing Radio City Music Hall in New York City this month which I can’t wait for!
Well I think that’s about it for now, take care and Keep it Metal!
December 8, 2012 SPIRITS AND HOPS SHOW
The holidays are a great time for beer drinkin' and to help get us inspired I'm doing a brand new online beer and spirits video show called "Spirits and Hops" for the website www.mademan.com!
BARCADE: Craft Beer & Video Games with Richard Christy
BEERSMITHS: Unique Craft Beers with Richard Christy
BOHEMIAN HALL: New York's Oldest Beer Garden with Richard Christy
NOVEMBER 29, 2012 SPIRITS AND HOPS SHOW
The holidays are a great time for beer drinkin' and to help get us inspired I'm doing a brand new online beer and spirits video show called "Spirits and Hops" for the website www.mademan.com! Here are the first two we've done and there will be more to come! Cheers!!!
September 5, 2012 RICHARD THE NEW SARANAC OFFICIAL SPOKESPERSON WITH APPEARANCES AT JERSEY BUY-RITE & NY TJFINLEYS, HOSTING THE NJ ZOMBIE MUD RUN, SMOKE IN THE VALLEY CRAFT BEER AND CHILI FEST APPEARANCE, MAKING THE GREAT JACK O' LANTERN BLAZE SOUNDTRACK, THE KING ON THAT METAL SHOW TO SHOW OFF TACO DIAMOND, NEW COHEED & CAMBRIA VIDEO
Well, itís less than 60 days until my favorite day of the year, Halloween! I will be making plenty of appearances related to my favorite holiday that Iíll tell you about now.
First off, probably my favorite thing about Halloween time is Pumpkin Beer! Nothing captures the fall season and the feeling of Halloween quite like a good pumpkin beer. I am so honored to announce that this year I am the official spokesperson for Saranac Pumpkin Ale! Iíve been a huge fan of their beer for many years and Iím so excited that theyíve chosen me to help spread the word about their delicious Pumpkin Ale! For more info on Saranacís Pumpkin Ale you can go to Saranac.com/....
I will be making several appearances in the Northeast this fall to promote Saranac Pumpkin Ale and to drink pumpkin beer with fans, including this upcoming Saturday September the 8th, where I will be appearing at Buy-Rite Wines and Liquor in Jersey City, NJ from 1-3pm. Itís really easy to get to from NYC, itís right outside the Holland Tunnel at 575 Manila Avenue in Jersey City, NJ across from the Home Depot. Come sample some delicious Saranac Pumpkin Ale with me and hang out and talk Pumpkin, Halloween, Horror Movies, Beer, and basically just have fun! There will be plenty of Saranac Pumpkin Ale on sale too so you can take some home with you to celebrate the season! For more info you can go to BuyRiteWines.com.
I will also be appearing at TJ Finleyís in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York on Thursday September 13th 8pm-11pm for Saranac Pumpkin Ale night where you can come hang out and drink some delicious pints of Saranac Pumpkin Ale with me and get psyched up for the fall pumpkin beer season! TJ Finleyís is at 42 East Main St. in Bay Shore, NY. Come on out and hang with me! For more info you can go to TJFinleys.com.
Iím excited to announce that this November 3rd, on a Saturday I will be hosting the East Windsor, NJ Zombie Mud Run sponsored by the amazing haunted attraction Shocktoberfest in Reading, PA. Thereís also a Zombie Mud Run at the Shocktoberfest site on September 22nd if you live closer to there, although I will only be appearing at the November 3rd event in East Windsor. If youíve never been to one of these events, you have to check it out, itís basically an obstacle course that you run through while hoardes of zombies chase you, itís like being in a real life zombie film, itís awesome! Itís really fun to watch too if you just come to check it out. I will have more info on this event as it gets closer and I hope to see you there! Hereís the website for the event: TheZombieMudRun.com/...
What food goes better with beer than Chili? I canít think of one! Thatís why Iím going to be attending my friendís amazing Chili and Craft Beer event in Connecticut this October. Itís a fun chili cook off with band, beer and great food. Iíll be hanging and drinking beer and eating some chili if you wanna come hang! Hereís all the info, hope to see you there! Smoke In The Valley Craft Beer and Chili Fest Saturday October 6th, 2012 Seymour, CT 12-4:30 with VIP Ticket; 1-4:30 with General Admission; 50+ Breweries, and hundreds of Beers, Homebrew Competition, Chili Competition, Live Music All Day, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, SmokeintheValley.com
for tix and info.
In addition to Halloween, Horror Movies, Pumpkin Beer and everything about the fall, another thing that I love about the season is horror film soundtracks and scary Halloween music. I am SOOOOO excited to announce that an event that my wife and I have been attending for many years, The Great Jack 0íLantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, has hired me to produce their music for this yearís event! Iíve been working on this music throughout the summer and itís turned out really amazing! I canít wait for everyone to hear it! Youíll hear it as you walk through the event and if youíre a fan of Halloween and Pumpkin carving like me, then you MUST check out this event! Itís literally thousands of expertly carved pumpkins and displays that you walk through at night on the beautiful grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor in Westchester County. I tried to musically capture and enhance the feeling that you get when walking through different areas and displays at the event. The music will also be available on CD at the event to help haunt your own home and Halloween Parties! Here is more info on the event and I hope to see you there! HudsonValley.org/...
My favorite metal band to listen to not only year round, but especially around Halloween time is the mighty King Diamond! Thanks to my friends Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson (and also to King Diamond and my friend Monte Connor for getting the ball rolling with this whole thing) it looks like me and my wifeís pet guinea pig Taco is going to be a part of That Metal Show this Saturday night September the 8th when King Diamond is a guest! In a previous website update (which you can scroll down and see below) I wrote about how my friend Monte Connor pointed out that our guinea pig has the same makeup as King Diamond, he forwarded the picture to King, and King wrote back a hilarious email about it! I showed the picture to Eddie Trunk at Jim Florentineís wedding and he loved it and said they were going to bring it up on That Metal Show when King was on! Iím a huge That Metal Show fan and Iíve been a MASSIVE King Diamond fan since I was 12 years old, so this will be amazing if it really happens! Iím really hoping that little Taco makes it into the show, I have my metal signed fingers crossed! VH1.com/...
A headís up about a BRILLIANT new song and video by one of my all time favorite bands Coheed and Cambria, itís called Domino The Destitute and I am totally freaking out about how epic and perfect this song is and I CANíT WAIT till their new double album comes out! I just saw Coheed with Iron Maiden for two shows in Irvine, California and they were CRUSHING! Definitely check out this video, it freakiní rules!!! YouTube.com/...
Well, I think thatís about it for now, itís going to be a very busy and fun Halloween season and I hope to see you all at one of these events to celebrate with you! Take Care and Happy Halloween!
June 27, 2012 CWOTD PICTURES AND VIDEO FROM ORION SHOW
Howdy everyone! Well I'm still buzzing from the excitement of my band Charred Walls of the Damned playing the Orion Music and More Fest with the Mighty Metallica. HUGE thanks to Metallica and especially Lars Ulrich for introducing us on stage which was a dream come true!!!! Also HUGE thanks to all the fans who came to see us play on the Frantic Stage! We also had an amazing warm up show in Cleveland and a huge thank you to all the fans who came to that show as well! Because of everyone in the bands busy schedule we don't get to play too often so it's always a special occasion when Charred Walls of the Damned gets to play live and these two shows were definitely special occasions!
There are some pictures from Orion Fest courtesy of Vince Edwards and Eric Elkins on the Photo page if you'd like to check them out and here's some Youtube Videos of our performance at Orion and Cleveland that fans have posted for your enjoyment!
Big thanks also to Tim Owens, John Comprix, Matt Sorg, and Ed Stephens who totally ripped it up at these shows! You guys rule!
Well, until next time, Happy July 4th everybody and keep it Metal!!!!
June 12, 2012
May 29, 2012 CWOTD TO PLAY ORION WITH METALLICA, RICHARD WILL BE PART OF "DEATH TO ALL" IN NYC, CWOTD TO SHARES THE STAGE WITH BEYOND FEAR IN CLEVELAND, BEHIND THE SCENES OF ZEROSPAN ON HOWARD TV, RICHARD PLAYS NEW DDRUM SNARE WITH TATTOO DESIGN, RICHARD BECOMES A CARTOON CHARACTER ON DISNEY!
Hey Everybody, it’s been a crazy couple of months and I got a lot of cool announcements including live shows in June with Charred Walls of the Damned!
First off, it is an absolute honor to have been invited by the mighty Metallica to play the Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City on Sunday June 24th at Bader Field!!! Charred Walls of the Damned is playing at 6pm on Sunday June 24th at the Frantic Stage and we’ll all be hanging out pretty much all weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to check out all of the killer bands and cool stuff going on at the festival! When I was a 12 year old kid listening to Kill ‘Em All I would have never dreamed that my band would be personally invited by Metallica to play with them so this is a dream come true to say the least!! For all the info on Orion Music and More Festival you can go to OrionMusicAndMore.com
Charred Walls of the Damned will also be doing a special warm up show in Cleveland, Ohio at The Foundry on Friday June 22nd! We’ll be playing with Tim Owens’ band Beyond Fear and it’s going to be a blast! Joining Charred Walls of the Damned for Orion fest and our Cleveland show in addition to myself and Tim Owens will be John Comprix and Matt Sorg (from Ringworm/Beyond Fear) on guitar, and Ed Stephens from Shok Paris on bass. These guys are amazing musicians and we all ripped it up together on Charred Walls of the Damned’s 2010 summer tour and I can’t wait to hit the stage with these fellas again! We’ll have more info about the Foundry show in the comings weeks on this site and here Facebook.com/foundrycleveland
I also want to let everyone know that I will be a part of the New York City “Death To All” show at Irving Plaza on June 28th! I’ll be playing a couple of songs, hanging out, and helping to pay tribute to my dear friend Chuck Schuldiner. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of my buddies who’ve I’ve jammed with over the years in Death and Control Denied, and since I’ve been a huge Death fan since I was in high school, I’m super psyched to see two of my all time favorite drummers Sean Reinert and Gene Hoglan play some of my favorite Death songs live! It’s going to be an awesome night for sure and it’s for a great cause! There are some other surprise guests showing up for some of these shows, including the NYC show and I’ll have more info on that very soon here at www.RichardChristy.com
and also, for all the info on this show and the tour you can go to DeathToAll.info As Chuck used to always say “Let The Metal Flow!”
In other Charred Walls of the Damned news, you can see an exclusive Behind the Scenes episode on Howard TV of the filming of our Zerospan video! It’s a very extensive, 30 minute episode detailing all of the hard work and creativity that went into creating this music video! You can go to Howard.tv for more info!
I’m also really excited to be a part of an amazing new cartoon on Disney XD channel called Motorcity! My character is named Junior and he will be appearing in several upcoming episodes, so keep an eye out for him! I’m really excited to be a part of this cartoon and it looks really amazing, so make sure you check it out if you love cool cartoons! For more info you can go to Disney.go.com/xd/motorcity
I wanna give everyone a heads up about an AMAZING new snare drum that I’m using now that is made by the company that I endorse, DDRUM. It’s called the Tattooed Lady snare drum and it RIPS! It sounds so amazing and I’ll be using it live at Orion fest! It is so cutting and just all around perfect sounding, plus it looks totally badass, so I suggest all you drummers out there check it out! For more info you can go here Ddrum.com/snare_tattooed_lady
Well, I think that’s about it for now, hope to see you all at our Cleveland Show and at Orion Music and More festival and at the Death To All NYC show, can’t wait!!!!
March 22, 2012 ZEROSPAN VIDEO, FANGORIA ON SET VISIT TO ZEROSPAN VIDEO SHOOT, RICHARD'S OLD MOVIES ON YOUTUBE, CWTD ON THE PIT'S TOP 13 OF 2011
Got plenty of updates this time so I'll get right to it!
Well after many months of post-production the Charred Walls of the Damned video for the song "Zerospan" is finally released! You can check it out here! YouTube.com/... Big thanks to directors Mike Schiff (who also edited the video) and Sean McEwen (who I worked with on the film Albino Farm), Special Makeup FX gurus Brian Spears and Pete Gerner from G&S Effects, and actor Bryan Haeffele!
The legendary horror mag Fangoria did an on set visit to the video last year and there's a great article covering the video production that you can check out here! Fangoria.com/...
I've just added several of my old low budget movies to my Youtube Channel here! YouTube.com/carloslabongo69. Included are the classics (that's what I consider them to be, you might have a different opinion after you watch these films! Haha!) Leaving Grunion County, Legend of the Black Eye, T-Back The Bare Assed Carnal Knight and Manlanta!
I'm really psyched that one of the best Heavy Metal Radio Shows in the midwest, The Pit with Drewcifer PureRock.com has chosen Charred Walls of the Damned's Cold Winds on Timeless Days as one of its Top 13 albums of 2011! I definitely agree with the rest of their list too, especially number one!
THE PIT's TOP 13 ALBUMS OF 2011...
13 CROWBAR Sever The Wicked Hand
12 CHARRED WALLS... Cold Winds On Timeless Days
11 IN FLAMES Sounds of a Playground Fading
10 IN SOLITUDE The World, The Flesh, The Devil
09 MASTODON The Hunter
08 TOXIC HOLOCAUST Conjure and Command
07 MACHINE HEAD Unto The Locust
06 MEGADETH Thirteen
05 PENTAGRAM Last Rites
04 HAVOK Time Is Up
03 SKELETONWITCH Forever Abomination
02 ANTHRAX Worship Music
01 AMON AMARTH Surtur Rising
I'll have some other cool announcements coming very soon as well! Until then, take care and enjoy all the great Springtime beers that are out now!
February 23, 2012 NAMM, "WAFFLE HOUSE SONG", RELEASE OF NEW 'LIVE' DEATH ALBUM, "ZEROSPAN" VIDEO UPDATE, AND A LETTER FROM THE KING!
Well, it’s been a little while since I’ve had time to update my site so I’ll go ahead and get to all the goodies right now!
It was great meeting all of the fans at the 2012 NAMM show in California in January! Everyone was so nice and I had a great time signing autographs at the Vater and DDrum booths! There’s some cool pictures of my Vater singing here: Vater.com/... I’ll also have some video and pics of my DDrum signing very soon! I also got to see a lot of old friends at NAMM that I haven’t seen in a while, including my good buddy Oscar from Hammerfall, with whom I participated in a rousing, drunken edition of our favorite Waffle House song, which you can see here! SickDrummerMagazine.com/...
This Tuesday is the release date from Relapse Records for the Death album Vivus, which is a live album containing two shows from the Sound of Perseverance era lineup featuring myself, Chuck Schuldiner, Shannon Hamm, and Scott Clendenin. The album was recorded at two different shows in 1998, the first at the Dynamo Festival in Holland which was in front of over 40,000 people! The second show was at the legendary Whiskey club in Hollywood, CA. I’m so proud to be a part of this album, and to have been a part of my favorite band Death, and listening to these songs bring back a lot of great memories. If you’re a Death fan then you will LOVE this album, it’s raw, unpolished, no overdubs, just pure metal! You can pick up the album, and some amazing Death merch here: Relapse.com/... Here’s a really cool article about the release and about the history of Death: SunshineSlate.com/... Long live the metal God Chuck Schuldiner, I’m so honored to have been Chuck’s friend and bandmate and a big thank you to Chuck’s family, Eric Greif, Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin, everyone at Relapse Records, and everyone who helped make the Death and Control Denied reissue albums possible!
I’m so excited to announce that the Charred Walls of the Damned video for the song “Zerospan” will premier VERY soon! It’s something we’ve been working on since September of last year and it is going to be well worth the wait! I’m so excited for everyone to see this video! As soon as we have a solid release date I will announce it here for sure!
I’ve also been doing a lot of interviews to promote the new Charred Walls of the Damned album “Cold Winds on Timeless Days” which is available everywhere now, the newest interview you can find here: MusicLegends.ca/2012/02/22/richard-christy-interview-2012/ and I will be putting tons of new interviews on my Media page as well!
I wanna let everyone also know about one of the coolest things EVER that happened to me recently that involves my new guinea pig named Taco and my favorite singer King Diamond! I know you’re probably wondering how in the hell does one have to do with the other? Well it’s all thanks to my buddy Monte Connor over at Roadrunner Records, who saw a picture of my new Guinea Pig and made me aware that he has the same coloring as King Diamond’s Mercyful Fate era makeup! So I made up a little photoshopped picture that you can see below and sent it back to Monte. Well, Monte forwarded the picture to THE King Diamond, and King wrote back the following hilarious email which King gave Monte and I permission to reprint:
I see my experiments from back when I was a lab assistant has born fruit.
I had to leave the experiment before it was completed, but my fellow scientists promised they would see the project through to the end for me.
Hail to my fellow scientists for having succeeded so well.
Let me tell you, getting the cross perfect on the forehead was by far the hardest thing. It seemed like some divine hand had kept interfering.
But as you can see for yourself, our will has prevailed.
I'm so glad to see they finally released the first batch to the public.
Hail again, and all the best!
WOW! I was totally blown away that one of my idols took the time to write an email about my new guinea pig!!! And the email is hilarious! I’ve been on cloud 9 (or cloud 666 if you will) ever since, and I just wanted to share that with everyone and thank Monte and King for making me and Taco’s year with that amazing email!
Well, I think that’s about it for now, I’ll have updates about the Zerospan video VERY soon, and I will be sure to see you all at some of the Iron Maiden/Coheed and Cambria shows, which is a dream come true tour for me!!! I’m so psyched for that one!!! Take Care!
January 2, 2012 NAMM 2012
Howdy there! I hope everyone had an awesome holidays and I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
I will be appearing at the 2012 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday January 21st! I'll be singing autographs at the DDRUM (the drum company I endorse) booth starting at 3pm and I can't wait to hang with the fans! This will be my first time at NAMM, I've been wanting to check it out for years and I've heard it's really amazing so I'm super excited about this! I'll have more info as the convention gets closer too and I hope to see you all there!
November 24, 2011 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED RELEASE "ZEROSPAN" VIDEO TRAILER
Richard Christy talks about the concept behind the video: "What we're crafting with the "Zerospan" video is a five minute technological horror film set to blistering heavy metal! We had such an amazing filmmaking team for the "Zerospan" video. We had Directors Mike Schiff (Charred Walls 'Ghost Town' video) and Sean McEwan (Albino Farm) who are super talented and have brought some incredible ideas! We also had amazing special effects makeup by Brian Spears and Pete Gerner from G and S Effects who recently did the amazing vampire film "Stakeland"! Our lead actor Bryan Haeffele did amazing as well, and people are going to freak when they see the creature effects in this video! We're going to spend some time editing and making it perfect and we're looking to a January 2012 release date! We wanted to release this quick little teaser to give everyone a taste of the horrifying awesomeness that will be the "Zerospan" video! Trust me, it is going to be well worth the wait!"
Cold Winds On Timeless Days has received heaps of praise from press, see what's been said so far below.
"a 58-minute barrage of cutting-edge power metal abounding with tumbling polyrhythms, asymmetrical riffs, and unconventional arrangements. Though technically demanding, the songs are focused by the tuneful, vibrato-laden vocals of Tim "Ripper Owens and the crafty guitar work and stellar production of Jason Suecof." 4/5 stars, Revolver Magazine
"Charred Walls of the Damned are a rarity in the metal world ó a supergroup thatís actually super…I defy you to listen to it and not raise a pair of invisible elephantiasis-afflicted nuts towards the sky. Itís impossible. It just canít be done." MetalSucks.net
"It's smart, it's melodic, and it's sure to get the head banging. A quality slice of US metal." Big Cheese Magazine
"complicated riffs and numerous tempo shifts…the musicianship is flawless…technical skill is top-notch" About.com
October 23, 2011 CWOTD VIDEOS, REVIEWS, & INTERVIEWS
Howdy everybody! Whewwwww, it's been a very busy several weeks with the release of the new Charred Walls of the Damned album "Cold Winds On Timeless Days" on Oct. 11th which you can buy everywhere now! Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Charred Walls signings and also to everyone who has purchased the new album and emailed me nice things about it! The reviews and feedback for the new album have been incredible and I couldn't be more psyched!!! I have tons of Drumming and Studio Video, Reviews, and Interviews about the new Charred Walls of the Damned album to post here so I'll get right to it! Happy Halloween Everybody!
October 8, 2011 TWO CWOTD RELEASE PARTY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Richard will be Meeting, Greeting, & Signing CDs for CWOTD's new album 'Cold Winds On Timeless Days' at two places on Tuesday October 11, 2011.
Tuesday October 11, 2011 The Knitting Factory
Location: 361 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tuesday October 11, 2011 Idle Hands Bar
Location: 25 Ave B B/W 2nd 3rd St, NYC 10009
September 26, 2011 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED REVIEWS, CWOTD 3-D POSTER, RARE SIGNING SESSION, 'ZEROPSAN' VIDEO IN THE WORKS, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, PUMPKIN MIMOSA, METALSUCKS.NET PHOTO CONTEST, sCARE FOUNDATION,EVIL NED 3, AND MOVIE REVIEW FOR FUBAR 2
Well thereís tons of new about the new Charred Walls of the Damned album and various other goings on so Iíll get right to it!
The new Charred Walls of the Damned album ďCold Winds On Timeless DaysĒ comes out in America everywhere on Tuesday October 11th 2011 and in Europe a few days before as well as the rest of the world and I couldnít be more excited!!!! I just got my first official CD copy in the mail a few days ago and it looks AMAZING!!! Iím so psyched with how the artwork and layout looks for this album, hereís a pic of the new CD. I know itís easier to buy off iTunes but trust me, if you buy the actual CD youíre going to freak out on how metal it is! The artwork by Travis Smith is incredible and the logo and album title in Silver Foil looks beautiful!!!!
There are some really amazing pre-order packages available for the new Charred Walls album, including a Metal Blade pre order featuring †a killer new Charred Walls shirt that you can order here: IndieMerch.com/...
And a Benchmark Merchandising Pre Order featuring brand new Charred Walls of the Damned hoodies (just in time for the fall and winter!), an AMAZING ďCold Winds on Timeless DaysĒ album cover art 3-D poster, a brand spanking new Charred Walls tshirt, and also a signed (by me, the infamous metal concert diaper wearer) Adult Concert Diaper! You can wear it the next time you come to see Charred Walls of the Damned live so that you donít have to miss any songs to use the restroom haha! ShopBenchmark.com/...
Iím also super psyched to announce that I will be signing Charred Walls of the Damned CDís at our exclusive album release party before the Black Dahlia Murder show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York on the night of the album release Oct. 11th! Iím a huge Black Dahlia fan, their new album Ritual rules, and Iím psyched to be signing our new album, then hanging at the show with all the fans! You wonít need a ticket to the show to get your album signed but you should DEFINITELY hang out afterward to see the amazing show with Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, Cannibas Corpse, and Gang Signs! Iíll have much more info on the release party and also a possible Black Dahlia show after party very soon!
Iím also super pumped to announce that last weekend we filmed a video for the new Charred Walls song ďZerospanĒ and it freaking rules!!! Metal fans AND Horror fans are going to be so psyched to see this video! Weíre gonna spend some time editing it and doing some post production to make it super awesome and it should premier later in the year, it will definitely be worth the wait! My good friend Mike Schiff who directed the ďGhost TownĒ video also co-directed the Zerospan video along with my good friend Sean McEwan who I worked with on the horror film Albino Farm, and the makeup effects were done by the great Brian Spears and Peter Gerner at G&S Effects LightAndDark.net/... Brian and Peter did the effects for the amazing vampire film ďStakelandĒ which if youíre a horror fan, you HAVE to see, it RULES!
With my favorite time of the year (Fall and Halloween time!) now officially here, I have some really cool things to announce concerning all things Halloweenie!
Myself and my best buddy Sal Governale are hosting the first ever Zombie 5K obstacle course race in Darlington Maryland on Saturday October 22nd! If, like me, youíre dream of being chased by brain thirsty zombies has yet to be fulfilled, then this is the event for you!!! It is going to be amazing and Iím so psyched to be a part of this event! Tickets are only on sale until October 1st, less than a week from now, so get your tickets now to be a part of this horrifyingly historic event!!! You can get your tickets and all the info about the event here: RunForYourLives.com/....
My good friend Eric Pigors at ToxicToons.com has some of the most incredible Halloween merchandise ever! I just got his newest Halloween tshirt and it rules! You can check it out here!
He has tons of killer Halloween stuff and also an awesome Halloween app called Monsterpieces that you can get in the iTunes store for your iPhone, itís the perfect app to get you in the mood for the greatest day of the year Ė Halloween!!!! And in case youíre wondering what Iím imbibing in that pic, itís a pumpkin mimosa, pumpkin liqueur with champagne, and it is delicious!
A lot of people ask me what my favorite pumpkin beers are this time of the year, and I do have many, so Iím going to list some of my favorites here, to help get you in the mood for fall and Halloween! My absolute all time favorite is Southern Tier Pumking, itís like Pumpkin Pie in a glass! I also love Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin, Wolavers Pumpkin Ale, Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale, Fishermanís Pumpkin Stout, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, and Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, you canít go wrong with any of those this time of the year!
Iím also very happy to announce a fun and unique contest sponsored by the awesome website MetalSucks.net/...†itís a contest for all of you Photoshop wizards out there where you can take a picture of me and go crazy with it and make something hilarious, cool, or both, and win an amazing prize pack featuring Ė
†One grand prize winner will receive:
1 Signed Sabian Cymbal
1 Signed Aquarian Drumhead
1 Signed pair of Vater 3A Fatback Drumsticks (the size Richard uses)
1 pair of Custom Vater full color Charred Walls of the Damned debut album art Drumsticks
1 signed Adult Concert Diaper (worn ó but not used ó by Richard at the Big 4 at Yankee Stadium show last week)
1 copy of Cold Winds On Timeless Days
1 CWOTD ďShieldĒ t-shirt
Two runners-up will receive:
1 copy of ďCold Winds On Timeless DaysĒ
1 CWOTD ďShieldĒ t-shirt
I wanna give a HUGE congrats to my good buddy Jose Mangin from Sirius-XMís Liquid Metal for introducing Metallica at Yankees Stadium in NYC!!!! I went to the show and it RULED!!!! Every band was incredible and it was SOOO inspiring to see metal being played in a huge stadium like it was back in the good olí days of the 1980ís! Watching Slayer play Angel Of Death in Yankee Stadium was just about the greatest metal moment ever!
Iím very honored to announce that Iím now involved in a great charity called the sCARE foundation, which stands for Suspense Community Allocating Relief and Empowerment, itís a non profit organization made up of suspense and horror genre luminaries working toward alleviating the hardships of povery and homelessness facing todayís youth throughout North America. My good friend Malek Akkad whoís the producer of the Halloween movies, started the foundation and I think itís such an amazing cause and Iím honored to be a part of it! For more information on the sCARE foundation you can go to ScareFoundation.org/sCare and they will be hosting a really cool fundraiser in October that I will have much more info on in the future!
Every month I write an article for the AWESOME metal magazine Decibel called Richard Christyís Horrorscope, Iím so psyched to be a part of the magazine and I wanna let everyone know that the October Halloween issue features an article I wrote about my very own horror film Evil Ned 3!!! You can check the film out for yourself on Youtube and make sure you check out my article in the new Decibel (The issue with Skeletonwitch on the cover) about this groundbreaking (literally because I was buried in the ground wearing a Halloween mask for one scene) low budget horror film! DecibelMagazine.com
And finally, I want to let everyone know about an incredibly funny Canadian heavy metal mockumentary called FUBAR: Balls To The Wall. I havenít laughed this hard at a movie in a VERY long time and when I saw it last week on cable I was blown away and couldnít believe I hadnít heard of this movie before! If youíre a metalhead and love comedy, like me, then you have to see this movie, it RULES! Itís a sequel to a low budget film called FUBAR that I still have to see, but trust me, the sequel is freakiní HILARIOUS!!!! YouTube.com/...
Well, thatís it for now, Iíll have tons of awesome Charred Walls of the Damned 2nd album news coming up very soon leading up to the Tuesday October 11th release of ĎCold Winds On Timeless Daysí!!!!
- Richard Christy
September 9, 2011 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED PRE-ORDER INFO, CWOTD COMPUTER DESKTOP WALLPAPER, ZOMBIE RUN, AND AN APPEARANCE ON BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE
Well, it's only about a month until the release of my band Charred Walls of the Damned's second full length album titled Cold Winds on Timeless Days! It's available everywhere Tuesday October 11th on Metal Blade Records! I'm super psyched and there's plenty of cool things related to the band to report.
First off I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to the amazing artist Travis Smith at SeemPieces.com for the incredible cover art for the new Charred Walls of the Damned album. Travis also worked with Death and Control Denied and he's done tons of cool heavy metal album covers so it's an honor to have him as the cover artist for the new album. As a cool bonus for fans I've posted a computer desktop wallpaper of the new Charred Walls cover art that you can download right here! Click on the artwork and it will open a new image that you can download.
I also want to remind everyone that you can hear the brand new Charred Walls of the Damned single "Zerospan" from our new album right here: MetalBlade.com/cwotd You can also pre order the new album there, including a CD and Tshirt package! You can also here "Zerospan" on Sirius-XM's Liquid Metal channel and as always I want to thank Jose and everyone at Liquid Metal for all of their support of Charred Walls of the Damned! You guys rule!
Well, for me it's coming upon my favorite time of the year - Halloweentime! Pumpkin Beer, Horror Movies, Horror Music, Haunted Houses, A Chill in the Air, everything about late September and October is amazing! One of the ways I'm celebrating the best time of the year is by appearing along with my good buddy Sal Governale at the first ever Zombie 5K Obstacle Course Race in Darlington Maryland on Saturday October 22nd! It's going to be a blast, people running from zombies just like in a George Romero movie! Sal and I are hosting and I'm SOOOO looking forward to it! If you'd like to come hang with Sal and I and to get tickets and information you can go to RunForYourLives.com Make sure you bring your fresh, tasty BRAINNNSSSSS!!!
I'm also super psyched to report that my buddy Sal and I are appearing in part 2 of the season 3 premier of the Spike TV show Blue Mountain State! I'm a big fan of the show; I think it's hilarious, so I'm super excited to appear in an episode with my buddy Sal!! Our scenes are really funny and I can't wait for everyone to see it! Season Three kicks off Wednesday, September 21st at 11pm EST/PST with back to back episodes! I hope you check it out! For all the info about the show you can go here: Spike.com/...
Well, I think that's about it for now, time for me to go grab a pumpkin beer! Take Care Everybody!
- Richard Christy
August 23, 2011 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED SINGLE 'ZEROSPAN' RELEASED TODAY, RICHARD TO BE INTERVIEWED ON LIQUID METAL TODAY, CWOTD TRACK LISTING, & PICTURES FROM THE WEDDING
Well this is a very exciting update because I can now officially announce that the new Charred Walls of the Damned album, which is being released on Tuesday October 11th, is titled Cold Winds On Timeless Days! Itís 12 songs of crushing heavy metal and I CANíT WAIT for everyone to hear it. Iím VERY proud of this album, everyone worked so hard on it and when you listen to it, it definitely shows. Below is the press release with all of the info on where you can hear the first single 'Zerospan', which is out TODAY!! In the press release is also info about where to pre order the album and when you can hear it premier today on Sirius-XM Liquid Metal! There will also be tons of info about the album release trickling in for the next several weeks leading up to the release!!
Charred Walls of the Damned release first single, details for new album
Cold Winds on Timeless Days to be released October 11th, 2011
Charred Walls of the Damned returns with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut! Richard Christy, Tim "Ripper" Owns, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again join forces to bring to life Christy's latest body of work, Cold Winds on Timeless Days. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member's playing style, but to Jason Suecof's production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album.
With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording twelve songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further; "I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much." Richard Christy describes Cold Winds on Timeless Days as a "perfect storm of producing" Ė Audiohammer's Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.
Fans can hear the first single, Zerospan, as well as place pre-orders now on metalblade.com/cwotd. The album can also be pre-ordered on iTunes HERE. Additionally, Richard Christy will be on air with SiriusXM Liquid Metal's Jose Mangin today Tuesday August 23rd for an interview and to premiere the track on air. Fans can hear the interview and song today at approximately 9am, 3pm and 9pm eastern time! For more info on Liquid Metal, head to http://www.siriusxm.com/liquidmetal.
Cold Winds On Timeless Days track listing:
1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light
I also want to thank everyone for all of the very kind emails and nice words about my recent wedding! My wife and I had an amazing time with our friends and family and if youíd like to see a bunch of really cool photos from the wedding you can go here: http://BSCphoto.com/...
May 24, 2011 APPEARANCES IN L.A. & ORLANDO, SECOND CWOTD, TOONTRACK, BEER PAGE, ENDORSEMENT PAGE, MY PERSONAL PHOTOS, & NICKEL SPA
Hey Everybody, I have some exciting announcements about appearances by myself and my coworker buddy Sal Governale! We'll be appearing together in Hollywood, California on Saturday June 18th from 7-11pm at Avalon Hollywood's Club Bardot! This will be an appearance, not a comedy show, and we'll be hanging, signing autographs, and drinking with everyone who wants to come out and have a great time with us! For more information and tickets you can go to CleanBoxEntertainment.com
. Sal and I will also be appearing in Orlando, Florida on Saturday June 25th from 10pm to 1am at Terra Mia Trattoria! For reservations you can email email@example.com. We're really looking forward to meeting all the fans and having a great time!
I'm also super psyched that the second album from my band Charred Walls of the Damned is almost finished! We'll be mixing the album in June and we're hoping for an October 11, 2011 release worldwide on Metal Blade Records! The album is crushing and I'm so proud of it, I cannot wait for people to hear it!!!! I'll have tons of updates in the next several months about the new album including videos, photos, audio clips and tons of other fun stuff!
Iím also excited to announce that Iím now a Toontrack endorser, theyíre an amazing company with some really cool software! Iíve been a big fan of theirs for many years now and Iím so excited to be working with them! The Drumkit From Hell software is incredible and when Iím writing music itís such a helpful tool, Iím also now using the Metal Foundry software with Superior Drummer and I LOVE it! Iím hoping to even maybe be recording some drum tracks for them in the future!
Iím also adding a beer page to my website with a list of all of my favorite beers! Iím a HUGE craft beer fan and many fans email me asking for beer suggestions so I decided to make a beer page with all of my favorite beers and links to their websites! It's a really exciting time for beer in America right now because there are so many amazing craft breweries and I'm a proud beer geek who watches all of the beer TV shows and video podcasts!
Speaking of beer, I want to thank everyone at the Samuel Adams Brewery for an amazing brewery tour this past weekend! I had an AMAZING time and got to try so many delicious Sam Adams beers! If youíre ever in Boston I highly suggest checking out the brewery!
Iím also adding an endorsement page to my website with a list of all of my equipment and links to websites of the companies I endorse!
A cool event for a good cause is coming up in June in New York City. It's at one of my favorite places in NYC, Nickel Spa, and all the info is below if you'd like to check it out!
I'd also like to share a few pictures that I've taken with all of you, you can find them on the Photos page. I LOVE the city that I live in, New York City, and I think it is so beautiful and I love taking scenery photos, including photos of the amazing city of New York! I'm really proud of my photos and one of them (the fireworks photo) has even been hung up at a local restaurant in Long Island City Queens, NY called Bella Via! I hope you enjoy them!
Well I think thatís about it for now, Iíll have plenty of Charred Walls of the Damned news coming up about our second album, I canít wait for everyone to hear it!!!
April 21, 2011 FOG DAY, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED RECORDING BASS & VOCALS, MEET & GREET IN L.A., THANX FOR THE PUMPKIN BEER, & DEVONNE 'ERNIE' GRAHAM THE BETTA FISH
I know everybody is celebrating the BIG Holiday this week...The Fog Day! April 21st, the day when John Carpenter's The Fog takes place! I'll be watching this horror classic and I hope you will too! I actually was interviewed about it here! http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/24247
Thereís some exciting news concerning Charred Walls of the Damned! Weíre finishing up bass and vocals in the next two weeks for our second album and we will be mixing the album in May for a hopefully September release!!! The album is going to be amazing and I canít even contain my excitement about it! Iím so pumped for everyone to hear it, it will definitely exceed everoneís expectations!!!
I wanna let everyone know about an appearance that myself and my work buddy Sal Governale will be doing in Los Angeles in June! Itís Saturday June 18th from 7-11pm at Avalon Hollywoodís night club Bardot. I want to make everyone aware that this is only an appearance, not a comedy show, and we will be meeting and greeting and partying with everyone that comes to the club to hang with us! Itís been a while since Sal and I have been to California and weíre super excited to hang with all of the fans!!! For info and tickets you can go to http://cleanboxentertainment.com/tickets_mm.html Hope to see you there!
On a happy note I want to thank the bars The Diamond in Brooklyn and Rattle N Hum in Manhattan for serving Pumpkin Beer in April this year!!! The Diamond served my favorite beer ever, Southern Tier Pumking and Rattle N Hum served my second favorite beer ever Weyerbacherís Imperial Pumpkin. Both were an unexpected surprise and made my April very Halloweenie!!!!
And on a very sad note, my fiance and Iís beloved Betta fish Devonne ďErnieĒ Graham, who weíve had for over two years and became very very attached to, passed away this week. If everyone reading this could just give a toast to Ernie or say a nice thing about him, that would be awesome and my fiance and I would be forever grateful! He meant so much to us and itís been a very tough week for us to see him go. We will never ever forget him.
Well, take care everyone and as always, keep it metal!
March 30, 2011 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED NEW RECORDING, NOISECREEP DRUMMING ARTICLE, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED PIANO COVER TUNE, REISSUE OF DEATH'S THE SOUND OF PERSEVERANCE, LOSE IT!, ROLLING STONE ARTICLE, & JASON SUECOF IMPERSONATES RICHARD CHRISTY
Well, it's been quite a while since my last update. Between work, several concerts, beerfests, KU in the NCAA tournament, getting ready for my upcoming wedding, and recording the second Charred Walls of the Damned album, it's been a very busy 2011 so far!
First off, the second Charred Walls of the Damned album is coming along amazingly! Drums and guitars are done, and we're currently getting ready to record the bass and vocals. This album is going to be incredible, I'm so proud of it. I can't wait for all of the fans to hear it, if you liked the first album, you're definitely going to love this album! It's going to be super melodic, have plenty of blast beats, plenty of super catchy vocal parts, heavy guitars, and insane bass parts! We're hoping for a September or October release on Metal Blade Records!
I have a new feature on Noisecreep.com where I list several of my favorite drumming parts. It's a really cool article and I talk about all of my drumming influences and there are links included where you can listen to all of the drum parts that I talk about! You can check it out here: http://www.noisecreep.com/...
In other Charred Walls of the Damned news, an amazing musician from Europe named Vika recently did a piano cover version of the CWOTD song “In A World So Cruel” and it sounds really cool! You can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/...
The new Amon Amarth album Surtur Rising comes out today and it is CRUSHING! I've been listening to it nonstop in the past few weeks and I'm so psyched when a metal album comes out that you can listen to all the way through without stopping, and this is definitely one of those albums! The double bass/chorus riff in The Last Stand of Frej is maybe the greatest riff I've ever heard! It's so heavy and catchy! I can't wait to see them live in May!
Also, my proudest work as a drummer, Death's 1998 album The Sound of Perseverance special edition reissue is out now on Relapse Records! Relapse, Eric Greif, and Chuck’s family did an amazing job putting together beautiful packaging and some amazing bonus materials for this special edition release! You can follow this link to check it out! http://shop.relapse.com/...
A lot of people have been asking me how I lost 65 pounds in the past year so I might as well give a plug to the Iphone app that helped me lose all the weight. It’s called Lose It and it worked amazingly for me. The best part about it is that it’s free and I didn’t have to stop drinking craft beer!!!!
My good buddy and also guitarist for Charred Walls of the Damned, Jason Suecof, recently did a really cool interview for the website Metal Injection, and if you watch at the very end you can see him do his “near spot on” imitation of me! http://www.metalinjection.net/...
Myself and my coworker at The Howard Stern Show, Sal Governale, were recently featured on RollingStone.com which is pretty awesome! http://www.rollingstone.com/...
Well, I think that’s about it for now, I will have plenty more Charred Walls of the Damned second album updates in the coming weeks and months! Until next time, drink good beer and keep it metal!
anuary 24, 2011 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED MAKES SEVERAL 2010 LISTS
As I write this update I just found out that the Big Four tour is coming to the US!!! Official news will be announced on Tuesday, January 25 at 8 a.m. PST. It is an awesome day for metal heads in the United States!
I'm super excited that Charred Walls of the Damned made several Best of 2010 lists including 'Time Out New York'! Here are some links to a few different Best of 2010 lists and charts that Charred Walls of the Damned were listed in!
Hank Shteamer, Associate Music Editor Time Out New York: Charred Walls of the Damned (Metal Blade) "Moonlighting from his Howard Stern day gig, drummer Richard Christy stewarded a subgenre-spanning metal triumph." NewYork.TimeOut.com/...
CMJ Loud Rock; 2010 Year-end Charts
#43 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED Charred Walls Of The Damned (Metal Blade) CMJ.Box.net/...
Charred Walls one of WSCA 106.1 FM's most played of 2010
-More great Hard Rock & Metal records from 2010-
Charred Walls of the Damned - s/t - I love everything Ripper does. Period. THE voice of American metal. An impressive return to metal for Richard Christy.
WSCA 106.1 FM's 50 MOST PLAYED 2010 METAL & HARD ROCK ALBUMS
I also recently did a list of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood of Long Island City Queens if you'd like to check it out! CitysBest.com/...
Well, until next time, keep it metal!
January 4, 2011 RECORDED DRUMS FOR THE NEW CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED ALBUM
well I have some really exciting news about my band Charred Walls of the Damned! Last week I recorded drum tracks for 12 new songs for the second Charred Walls of the Damned album! I flew down to Miami, Florida the day after Christmas to start tracking drums at the legendary studio The Hit Factory Criteria Studios. The drum room we recorded in was insane, it was the size of a school gymnasium and my drums sounded massive in there! We got a very natural drum sound thanks to our awesome engineer Mark Lewis and the amazing drum room, everything went really smooth and we finished up in a very quick two and a half days, and I'm super excited for everyone to hear the monster drum sound we got for these awesome songs. Seeing gold albums hanging on the walls from bands like The Eagles and Black Sabbath was so inspiring too, the historic music that's been created at that studio is just unreal and it was an honor to record the drums for the second Charred Walls of the Damned album there. We'll be finishing up the rest of the album in January and February at Audiohammer Studios in Orlando and we're hoping to have the album out some time this summer. The songs are super heavy, brutal, and very melodic and catchy like the first album, I can't wait for people to hear our new material! I'll have many more updates in the coming months and I also took tons of video in the studio that I'll be posting here on my site and also possibly including in a bonus DVD when our second CD comes out. I'm posting some cool photos from our drum recording for everyone to check out too, and until the next update I would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and Metal New Year!