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Walls Of Jericho - "Redemption" (CD/EP)

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"Redemption" track listing:

1. Ember Drive (feat. Corey Taylor) (4:21)
2. My Last Stand (4:42)
3. No Saving Me (4:08)
4. House of the Rising Sun (4:10)
5. Addicted (feat. Corey Taylor) (4:57)

Reviewed by on June 29, 2008

"The arrangements, while not terribly inspired, are pleasant and the band's playing is solid."

"Redemption" is an EP by Walls of Jericho released in early 2008. Produced by Slipknot's Corey Taylor, the EP features an acoustic sound, which is a departure from their usual metal-infused hardcore.

Vocalist Candace Kucsulain has a pleasant singing voice that is only hinted at on previous recordings. As a hardcore screamer, Candace is one of the strongest vocalists on the scene, male or female. It's nice to hear her stretch out and try something different. Speaking about the songs and decision to go acoustic on the Trustkill web site, she said, "I was really into singing when I was younger. This band didn't really allow for that, especially live. I'm really proud of what we did. It was our first time really doing something like that and even writing that way. Living for two weeks together and doing it, I definitely want to do it again. I'm very proud of the end result."

The original tunes on this EP have a very personal flavor. The arrangements, while not terribly inspired, are pleasant and the band's playing is solid. Two of the songs feature Candace in duet with producer Corey Taylor. The first track, "Ember Drive," is the one I enjoyed most with its restrained strings and introspective tone.

I can't for the life of me figure out why Walls of Jericho covered "House of the Rising Sun," a song that has been done to death by everyone and their brother. Walls of Jericho's reading of this song does not add anything unique in my opinion.

"Redemption" may not appeal to the average mosh kid in the pit, but fans of Walls of Jericho who want to hear them try something different should give it a listen.

Highs: It's always good to see a band stretch out and take risks

Lows: The arrangements are not terribly inspired

Bottom line: The average metal fan may want to take a pass, but fans of the band might want to give it a chance

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)