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It’s been eight long years since the planet was graced with new WALLS OF JERICHO material. James Batty caught up with frontwoman Candace Kucsulain to talk about their devastatingly heavy new opus ‘No One Can Save You From Yourself’, motherhood and lifting.

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ALLS of Jericho have been a mainstay of both the metal and hardcore scenes almost non-stop since their inception in the late nineties. They are a band that have garnered acclaim and fans from both genres which not all bands (as we know) are capable of doing. Originating in Detroit, they invest their music with a sense of wrought iron, blue collar, strength and determination which has seen them survive and prosper throughout the naughties, a period which saw many bands of their ilk fall by the wayside. Some of these bands made ill-chosen musical style changes and many found out that they just didn’t get on with each other over time. It’s true

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that many of these first and second wave metalcore bands may have reunited since, chasing the money or perhaps looking for the recognition they felt they were entitled to the first time around. Very few of these however could have delivered the festivalstealing performance Walls Of Jericho did at Ieperfest last year which a few lucky DFL staff, including myself, were present to bear witness to. They haven’t changed their style much at all over the years; laying down fan-pleasing metallic hardcore but allowing the listener and the material to breathe and giving frontwoman (and mad keen weight lifter) Candace an opportunity to exercise her vocal talents with more mellow moments peppering their body of work. Not least on the new record ‘No One Can Save You from Yourself’ which moves into some dark territory and lyrically allows for exploration of some of the tragedies that have beset the band over recent years. There must be something special about a band that can endure the changing tides of musical tastes and

avoid becoming an irrelevance or even worse a scene joke by just keeping on doing what they do so we decided to contact them to try and find out what that might be and Candace was kind enough to reply.

Did you always feel that you’d be back in the WOJ saddle sooner or later? “What I feel people might not realise is that we never really stopped. We had a two year break back in 2010 because I wanted to start a family which was a personal thing that I felt needed to happen. We had been going strong for over ten years at that point and I felt it was time before we talked about doing another record. After my daughter was born I waited close to a year to start touring again. We have been on tour three to four times a year since. It took us a while to get a record done. Mainly the hold-up was lyrics. I had a hard time getting back on the saddle and so it took a few more years to get out what I believe is our best record yet!”

It seems like you are firm festival favourites. Do you like the fact that you get to play large festival stages and smaller club shows? “We love both. They both have their own unique things. Fests have insane energy but club shows you can be in the crowd and in the energy. I love being able to touch and move with people. I’m not a fan of the barrier at the fests but there’s nothing like

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