Charred Walls Drummer Jumps The Broom
Metal drummer Richard Christy has tied the knot. The ceremony took place last Saturday in the Big Apple where he exchanged vows with longtime girlfriend Kristen Jenco. Christy currently works for the “The Howard Stern Show” and has played with several different bands including Charred Walls of the Damned, Iced Earth, Death, Leash Law, Control Denied and Burning Inside.
Charred Walls of the Damned is scheduled to release its sophomore CD in October via Metal Blade Records. Christy previously stated about the new Charred material, “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!”
Sepultura Drummer Sidelined With Tendonitis
Thrash metal mainstays Sepultura had to cancel a concert last night in Lendorf, Austria because drummer Jean Dolabella is suffering from the onset of tendonitis. In the meantime, the show has been rescheduled for August 1, and the band announced that drummer Amilcar Christófaro of Torture Squad – which has been opening for Sepultura’s current tour – will fill in for Dolabella at tonight’s show at Event Stage in Zizers, Switzerland. There is no word about the band’s future plans or prognosis of Dolabella’s ongoing condition.
UPDATE: Footage of drummer Amilcar Christófaro performing the song "Roots Bloody Roots" with Sepultura lies below. Guitarist Andreas Kisser had only good things to say about the Toture Squad backbeat: "Amilcar Christófaro is a great drummer and huge Sepultura fan, he knows a lot from our early stuff, and when we talked to him he was ready to help us. We already did four shows with him and it's going really great; he's amazing playing our stuff."
Former Eric Johnson Drummer Shot And Killed In Austin
Drummer Billy Maddox was shot and killed in the early morning of December 27 in his Austin, Texas home. He was 54. The 63-year-old intruder, John Joseph Debrecht – one of Maddox’s neighbors – was also shot during the incident and later died of his wounds. Some reports suggest that the assailant suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was off of his medicince at the time of the break in, suggesting that his motives were influenced by confusion rather than criminal intent. Maddox was a well-known musician in his hometown, having played with such artists as guitar legend Eric Johnson, Alien Love Child, and Grady.
UPDATE: The man who shot and killed Bill Maddox in his home last year was diagnosed with a disorder that caused symptoms similar to paranoid schizophrenia, police reports obtained by FOX 7 News stated Monday. FOX 7 News requested the case file into the death of Maddox. The filed included the 911 call made by Maddox's wife, Rhonda, that December 27th morning when John Debrecht, Maddox's neighbor, broke into her home. The call can be viewed here.
Name That Drum Fill Pt. III
NPR’s just posted a cool game that will test your drumming knowledge as well as distract you from important stuff. Match the intro or fill to the correct album. If you get it right the artist and song names will appear. Check out the Part I and II drum fill quizzes to continue not doing stuff here and here.
Arch Enemy Releases iPhone App
Arch Enemy has just released its official iPhone app. The app will make it easier for fans to follow Arch Enemy activities, as it brings you all the latest news straight from the group, keeps you updated on their tour dates, gives you access to new pictures, enables you to view videos, read the updated biography, listen to Arch Enemy’s discography with soundclips, send the band a message on the fan wall and more.
Watch videos like this one: drum cam footage of Daniel Erlandsson performing the songs “Ravenous” and “Bloodstained Cross” during the band’s July 22 appearance at this year’s edition of the Tuska open-air metal festival at Suvilahti in Helsinki, Finland.