Walls of Jericho—Candace Kucsulain (vox), Mike Hasty (guitar), Chris Rawson (guitar), Aaron Ruby (bass) and Dustin Schoenhofer (drums) release their guilty pleasure and highly anticipated EP Redemption today on Trustkill Records, produced by Corey Taylor (Slipknot and Stone Sour). This EP may shock the bands fans that are used to the brutal metal onslaught that usually comes in a WOJ release. Redemption features melodic vocals and acoustic instruments bringing out a more moody and sultry side of the band.
Recorded in two weeks at Taylor’s 2x4 studio this release is a new watermark in creativity and sound in the band’s canon. Taylor, who also lends guest vocals on the EP, sees this as a unique project.
"It's one of those albums that comes around every once in awhile that every track is a piece unto itself," Corey adds. "It's not one track leading to the next. It's each track says something and says something differently, but it's done in a way that ties everything together. The end result speaks for itself. It's so beautiful, but it's so dark, you can feel it."
This EP is a project that has been in the back of the band’s mind for several years, and they are excited that is in finally out there.
“We have throwing around the idea of doing an acoustic record for years, because I have always been able to sing and it has always been a passion of mine. We did this record as a tribute to my mother who passed two years ago. I wanted to do something beautiful for her” says Candace and on the creative marriage between the band and Corey Taylor, “We all respect him as a musician. He is also a wonderful person that we all enjoy being around and working with. We couldn't of chose anyone more encouraging and driven to help us with this record, he's a great friend who believes in us and the music we put out. It was absolutely amazing working with Corey, I've never had a more pleasant and exciting experience recording a record. He's a nut job and we love him, he fits right in with our family” Candace adds.
The band is also gearing up for this summer’s first Rockstar Mayhem Festival featuring Slipknot, Disturbed, Mastodon, Dragonforce to name a few. The tour is set to kick off July 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit Live Nation Amphitheaters in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between July 9 and August 19, 2008.
In addition to the EP, the band promises a new full-length CD this summer. The band is currently holed up in an abandoned house in middle-of-nowhere Michigan writing for this release. The music will definitely follow the mesh of metallic venom and concrete fury of hardcore/punk that the band is known for.
Of the album, Candace says “We’ve been trapped in this house together living and breathing music. We’re literally in the middle of woods between two cornfields. We’re putting all that we have into this new record, and trust me; it will be extremely heavy. Right now we’re calling it a ‘thrash metal delicacy’ ”
After they finish writing the band heads into the studio with producer Ben Schiegel (Chimaira/Zao/Ringworm).
Catch them live this summer
7/9 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
7/11 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/12 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
7/13 San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Pavilion
7/15 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
7/16 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
7/18 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
7/19 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
7/20 Denver, CO Coors Amphitheatre at Fiddler's Green
7/22 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/23 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
7/25 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
7/26 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/27 Houston, TX Sam Houston Race Park
7/29 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
7/30 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
8/1 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
8/2 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
8/3 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
8/5 Boston, MA Tweeter Center for Performing Arts
8/6 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
8/8 Toronto, ON Downsview Park
8/9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/10 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/12 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/13 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
8/15 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
8/17 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
8/19 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center