As underrated as the day is long, a group that can argue they pioneered the way for both contemporary metalcore and hardcore, Walls Of Jericho, return for the first time since 2008 with their epic fifth album, ‘No One Can Save You From Yourself’. This band is ideal for fans of Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, and Biohazard.
With a similarity to bands such as these, the true nature of a group such as Walls Of Jericho can be predicted to be one of metallic riffs, hardcore inspired drumbeats and screamed vocals. This, however, only describes one aspect of the group’s sound and, whilst it does feel like a run through of pure power and aggression, an underlying theme of musician craftsmanship can be seen just below the surface. Songs such as ‘Damage Done’, with its teutonic thrash guitar in sections stand out almost perfectly, and with two duelling guitarists (Chris Rawson and Mike Hasty) fighting for control on this album, the musicianship stands throughout.
The bass stands strong on Forever Militant, giving a crunchy backbone to an extremely aggressive song. Aaron Ruby shows he knows how to play his instrument well, and for a band to show this amount of aggression in 2016 feels like a throwback to when punk used to have an edge to it. Drummer Dustin Schoenhofer also commands the band well, making the group feel like it has one of true worth.
What must also be commended is vocalist, Candace Kucsulain. The fact she’s a woman in a very male dominated genre such as hardcore is one of true note and worth. She has a sense of power and control that could put other vocalists to shame, and is yet another case in point as years go by that gender really doesn’t mean anything.
This is until she decides to randomly construct a symphonic metal orchestra at the end of the album.‘Probably Will’ randomly sounds like a Within Temptation track, taking the direction into a completely unique manner. With the likes of piano and violins taking up key components of the instrumentation to this track, this is a moment that is not likely to be forgotten. Walls Of Jericho may be a solid punk band, but this moment in itself is something of true beauty.
‘No One Can Save You From Yourself’ clocks in at just over 47 minutes, and literally just feels like a show of unity on what a true punk band should stand for. A throwback to the old days of the genre is felt here and hopefully more contemporary bands learn from these guys and we can get a resurgence of the true sense of metallic metalcore/hardcore.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)