Walls of Jericho are an American metalcore outfit from Detroit formed in 1998 and issuing their debut album in 1999’s The Bound Feed the Gagged. The band broke up shortly after their debut release, but reformed two years later and really hit their stride with 2004’s All Hail the Dead and 2006’s With Devils Amongst Us All, ending up touring with other acts like Hatebreed as well as being a part of Ozzfest in 2006. An acoustic EP, Redemption, in 2008 saw a departure in the style exhibited on their previous studio efforts, but the next full-length album in the same year, The American Dream continued with the metalcore sound.
After a long wait Walls of Jericho finally released their fifth album, No One Can Save You from Yourself, out now on Napalm Records. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this band after such a long break but we will soon find out, so on to the review…
No One Can Save You from Yourself starts with “Intro” and then it’s time to take cover as we blast into the first real track, “Illusion of Safety”. “Illusion of Safety” takes us straight into the brutality of this album with vocalist Candace Kucsulain laying down some bruising vocals. Some great, very riff orientated guitar work flows throughout “Illusion of Safety” and also the next song, title track “No One Can Save You From Yourself”. “Forever Militant” is more thrash based but still with Candace displaying great vocals and “Fight The Good Fight” is another good song loaded with meaty riffs and gang vocals. There is no let-up in sight as we are onto “Cutbird” which exhibits some mean drumming on this track and the chorus is really good. “Relentless” is up next and this song is exactly as described by the title, relentless, bruising guitars and great double bass work for a real hardcore track. “Damage Done” is again another really fast number with a marvelous breakdown while “Reign Supreme” gets back to basics. Another fierce track is “Wrapped In Violence” showing that there is no give up in this album at all. The shrieking vocal work of another great, fast riff guitar song in “Anthem” follows right through into the work showcased on “Beyond All Praise”. The album finishes with “Probably Will” which is a strange but lovely ballad with clean, fantastic vocals on the end of this bruiser of an album.
On the whole if you like Hatebreed you will love the real hardcore/metalcore offerings of Walls of Jericho.
Mark 8 out of 10