Walls of Jericho
With Devils Amongst Us All
Third time round delivers a solid one-two punch
Detroit (Chicago) based metallic hardcore outfit Walls of Jericho’s second full-length release All Hail the Dead (The follow up to 2000’s The Bound Feed The Gagged) may not have been the most original sounding metalcore release, but it did manage to get the name of the band out to the masses, with tours alongside with Unearth, Sick Of It All, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Bleeding Through, Throwdown, Most Precious Blood, Atreyu, Bury Your Dead and It Dies Today only cementing the band’s abilities in front of a live audience into the minds of concert goers. Two years on, and the band (Comprising of front woman Candace Kucsulain, guitarists Chris Rawson and Mike Hasty, bassist Aaron Ruby and ex-Premonitions of War/new drummer Dustin Schoenhofer) have emerged from the studio (With noted producer Ben Schigel) with their third album With Devils Amongst Us All, and while little has changed style wise from their previous efforts for the most part, this album is by far their best sounding and their most defiant effort to date.
A Trigger Full of Promises (The first promotional video clip filmed from the album) doesn’t waste any time getting down to business with a distinctly thrash like opening riff, but it’s within the chorus that the band show the leaps they’ve made in the song writing department from two years ago, with a greater melodic edge evident (As is throughout the entire album), while Kucsulain’s vocal performance show a greater confidence and depth overall. The humorously titled I Know Hollywood And You Ain’t It is an absolute crushing display of power before it settles into an equally impressive groove around the halfway mark, while the anthem sounding And Hope to Die, Try.Fail.Repeat. and The Haunted (Which is the definite stand out on the album) use huge gang vocals in the background to bolster Kucsulain’s caustic message.
The mid paced Plastic, the title track With Devils Amongst Us All and Welcome Home add a change of pace from the seething anger and ferocity of And The Dead Walk Again and Another Day, Another Idiot, but it’s Kucsulain’s clean vocals on the ballad No Saving Me that will really surprise most, and one that will no doubt divide most listeners with its completely different approach (Comparisons to Evanescence aren’t too far from the mark) and potential disruption to the flow of the album overall for some (Regardless of how good the song itself is).
With Devils Amongst Us All isn’t a huge change from All Hail The Dead for Walls of Jericho, but it’s certainly a stronger sounding effort from the band, and one of this year’s more consistent and enjoyable releases from within the metalcore scene.
(Trustkill Records/Roadrunner Records/Universal Music Distribution)
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