Throwback Review: Walls of Jericho – No One Can Save You From Yourself
Typically, when it’s been eight years since a band you love has released new material, it’s probably over and all you can do is stomach that fact. Rarely does that band rally after so long and drop an album that absolutely kills. Well, this was just the story with Detroit natives, Walls of Jericho.
Forming in 1998 with members from Earthmover and Universal Stomp, Walls of Jericho has accumulated five studio albums and three EP’s. Uncommon but not unheard of, they’re fronted by a female singer, Candace Kucsulain, and currently consists of founding guitarists Chris Rawson and Mike Hasty, and bassist Aaron Ruby. Though the band has changed drummers a couple of times Dustin Schoenhofer appears to be dedicated and fits perfectly.
In 2008, Walls of Jericho really came into their own. Working with producer Ben Schigez, they released ‘The American Dream.’ With songs like the title track, ‘The American Dream,’ and ‘Feeding Frenzy,’ only one question remained: who was going to mop up the blood? The album was an awesome playlist for live show rampage, and it left fans lusting for more. Unfortunately, it would be eight years until a follow up was released.
After so many years of silence diminishing any hope of a return, Walls of Jericho stormed back onto the scene and dismantled any doubts with 2016’s ‘No One Can Save You from Yourself.’ Promoting songs of inspiration and self worth, this album demands respect. Opening the album with an intro in the form of an emergency broadcast it’s clear Walls of Jericho is on a crash course to outshine anything previously done. This record is a bulldozer of pain sewn together with flurries of dangerously fast thrash metal and sluggish, catastrophic breakdowns. Kucsulain demonstrates brute force with her vocal conveyance and uplifting lyrics. Track seven, ‘Relentless,’ is sheer brutality. Not only does this song support an amazing cause, it prevails as arguably the best song on the album. Starting off with kids who are facing inconceivable odds, saying, “I am relentless,” the song promptly shifts into a metal atrocity. Kucsulain unloads a guttural roar set over a double bass onrush. It can be simply described as completely bad ass.
On track 11, ‘Anthem,’ the horsepower behind Kucsulain’s vocal hooks are spotlighted. Walls of Jericho exude energy and power through their songs. They’re easily relatable and devastatingly heavy; they’re the stuff that’ll make you nod your head unknowingly. Track 13, ‘Probably Will’, exhibits clean vocals and a different sound musically. Walls of Jericho’s array of talents will overwhelm listeners on this album; they’re extremely talented and achieve a rough metalcore sound together.
Among the ones already highlighted, other standout tracks include the title track, ‘No One Can Save You from Yourself,’ and ‘Reign Supreme.’ Wall of Jericho’s metalcore is a style is on full display here. Least to say, it was worth the eight years. 9/10