Walls of Jericho Overview

Walls of Jericho is an American metalcore band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1998.

 
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Early career (1998–2001)

Walls of Jericho were formed following the demise of two Detroit based bands. The first being the influential Earthmover, featuring members Mike Hasty (guitar) and Wes Keely (drums). The second was a band called Universal Stomp which Aaron Ruby (bass) played in. Both bands fizzled out at around the same time prompting the three friends to start a new band. At the same time Candace Kucsulain, 2 year singer for the band Apathemy auditioned with the band. After numerous other auditions for lead singer the band accepted Candace as their new frontwoman in September 1998. For the first few months the band would perform with friends of theirs filling in on guitar however later decided to ask close friend Chris Rawson in as full time member who was able to offer more commitment to the band. With the line-up complete the five piece began touring the local Detroit hardcore scene. Soon after in April 1999 the band released their first EP on 7" through label Underestimated, which was followed shortly thereafter by a CD EP containing that 7" and demo tracks, called A Day and a Thousand Years released on Florida based Eulogy Recordings. This was later released by European imprint Genet. After continuous touring in support of their EP releases, the band attracted the attention of both Ferret and Trustkill Records. They went on to sign with Trustkill which resulted in the December 1999 release of their debut full-length album The Bound Feed the Gagged. The band hit the touring and hardcore festival circuit the following year. In August of 2000 they began touring the United States in support of straight-edgers Earth Crisis, Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames, and Oakland, CA's metallic Skinlab. After another spate of touring in 2001, drummer Wes Keely announced he would be leaving the band to finish school in Seattle, Washington. With the band based in Detroit it would prove impossible for them to continue together. Keely was replaced by ex Suicide Machines drummer Derek Grant. Five months after touring with the band Grant announced he would be leaving to join Chicago punk rockers Alkaline Trio.


Break up (2001–2003)

After unsuccessful auditions to fill the vacant drummer position the band, feeling that none of the applicants met their criteria as a band member were forced into a hiatus. Shortly before this announcement was made singer Candace got herself an apprenticeship in body piercing which would occupy her free time over the next two years. who produced their EP entitled Redemption Redemption (Walls of Jericho EP) which was released on April 29th, 2008 via Trustkill. In addition to producing the EP, Taylor provided guest vocals on three of the five tracks ("Ember Drive," "My Last Stand," and "Addicted" which Taylor co-wrote). The EP also included a rendition of "The House of the Rising Sun". The EP was an acoustic-only release, representing a significant departure from the style of previous studio albums. The release is due to be included with their upcoming Live in South America DVD which was recorded in August 2007. The was also a guest appearance on the EP from Ben Legg - a friend of Candace's.


The American Dream (2008)

On July 29, 2008 the band released their fourth full-length studio album The American Dream The American Dream (Walls of Jericho album) . The album features a return to the band's pre-"Redemption" musical style. For this album, the band worked again with "With Devils Amongst Us All" producer Ben Schigel.
Studio albums

* The Bound Feed the Gagged (1999)
* All Hail the Dead (2004)
* With Devils Amongst Us All (2006)
* The American Dream The American Dream (Walls of Jericho album) (2008)


EPs

* A Day and a Thousand Years (1999)
* From Hell From Hell (album) (2006)
* Redemption Redemption (Walls of Jericho EP) (2008)
Current members

*Candace Kucsulain – vocals singing
*Chris Rawson – guitar
*Mike Hasty – guitar
*Aaron Ruby – bass guitar
*Dustin Schoenhofer – drums drum kit (2004–present)


Former members

*Rich Thurston – guitar (2003)
*Wes Keely – drums (1998–2001)
*Derek Grant – drums (2001)
*Alexei Rodriguez – drums (2003–2004) (recorded drums on All Hail the Dead)
 

 

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