This year as my band of the year for 2006, I would like to introduce probably one of the more popular and upcoming groups in the hardcore scene. This band is “Walls Of Jericho”. Through many drummer changes over the years and a hiatus which led to a two year breakup, Walls Of Jericho have gotten their name out in the hardcore scene. They have evolved a lot from the era of “A Day And A Thousand Years”, to now of the era of “With Devils Amongst Us All”. The sound has progressed along with their live shows, which have become more energetic with more of a fan base and newer tunes.
The reason I have chosen this band as the band of the year is because of how much they have done in this year. The band has recorded probably one of the best hardcore albums I have ever heard. The band hit up many tours this year big and small. To promote the upcoming album, they were picked by their record label, Trustkill Records, to go on the Trustkill tour with Roses Are Red and Bullet For My Valentine; a very successful tour. Following that tour they went on the tour of every hardcore/metal band dreams, to join “Ozzfest” and played on the second stage (rotating slots) alongside: All That Remains, Strapping Young Lad, Black Label Society and more. After that tour they jumped ship to the major “nu metal tour “” (also the name of a song from their first full length). On this tour they got to play with bands such as Dir En Grey, 10 Years, Flyleaf and the two biggest bands in the genera, Deftones and Korn. A small while after that tour ended they went on smaller tours with bands such as Bleeding Through, Terror, Sick Of It All, Arise And Ruin and more. In 2007 they are already billed to open for Kittie and along side them will be a heavily armed artillery of acts such as 36 Crazyfists, Dead To Fall and In This Moment. Their shows are so crazy and energetic I am sure they could power up a town with all the energy this band has. Many of their fans go so crazy that they go flying everywhere. Circle pits, throwdowns, crowd surfing, fights, and accidents, this band has anything a concert can have. I never miss this band and if you haven’t seen this band play then you have to put this on your to do list before you die.
I had the great chance to meet this band and talk to all the members. I have had the opportunity to meet many bands and I have to say Walls Of Jericho is one of the nicest and best bands I have ever met. On stage, while setting up their own equipment, they are fun to watch and listen to their inside jokes, like checking the mics as if they are getting ready for liftoff. During the sets they do not have an angry look, rather a having a fun time thrashing around look which is awesome because it distinguishes them from many of the acts these days. After sets Candace always thanks the crowd giving handshakes and what nots.
Mike Hasty, Candace Kucsulain, Chris Rawson, Dustin Schoenhofer and Aaron Ruby are some of the greatest musicians ever and their music shows that you don’t need to make your music complicated to produce amazing music. With the sound these guys have I could see them being asked to join another big tour such as Warped Tour and ripping up the tour with there thrashing tunes. I can’t wait to see this band again and I hope to chat with them and become friends with them. This is an addicting band and if you are not addicted start now.
Vocals: Candace Kucsulain
Guitar: Chris Rawson
Guitar: Mike Hasty
Drums: Dustin Schoenhofer
Bass: Aaron Ruby
A Day And A Thousand Years ep
The Bound Feed And Gagged
All Hail The Dead
With Devils Amongst Us All
From Hell epwww.wallsofjericho.tvwww.myspace.com/wallsofjericho Walls of Jericho
Walls Of Jerichohttp://www.trustkill.com/newstuff.php?id=58-32582
All Hail The Dead Ecard http://www.trustkill.com/newstuff.php?id=97-32582
There's No I In Fuck You (Video)http://www.trustkill.com/newstuff.php?id=150-32582
A Little Piece Of Me - Walls Of Jericho