Gwen Stacy - The Life I Know

Published Sunday 12th October 2008
Gwen Stacy - The Life I Know
Gwen Stacy - The Life I Know

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 44897-13751
LABEL: Ferret Music

Reviewed by Greg Sammons

Well, this was a disappointment. I'd heard good things about this Indianapolis-based band but after giving their debut a couple of spins I'm left distinctly unimpressed. They just seem to sound like an amalgam of rather pale imitations of various other "scene" bands that beat them to the emo-meets-metalcore bandwagon. I can only assume that Ferret signed them as they're very "now" and potentially will sell more records than some of their more experimental bands. Don't get me wrong; Gwen Stacy know how to write the kind of music that'll earn them a support slot along side your Devil Wears Prada or Bless The Fall types, but I wonder who'd pay good money to see them specifically when there are so many better alternatives already out there. Unless this team go in a different musical direction on their next project I doubt many people will continue waiting patiently to see if their undeniable potential produces something notable. Comic book fans will notice that Gwen Stacy was Spiderman's first true love; I doubt her musical namesake will serve the same purpose for many discerning music fans.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mike in Gloucester @ 10:40 on Mar 14 2009

This band's album may not be the best album out there in metal but I recently saw these guys on tour with 36 Crazyfists and Poison the Well and they were amazing. (Their first Uk tour)

They were tight rhythmically, they had the sub bass hits with the breakdowns, great tone and a full sound. Not to mention they gave sweet testimony to people and hung out and shown people love and grace.

They won the crowd over as soon as they finished their first song as they played tight and well. They got such a great response whilst playing with two well established bands that are not Christian.

So what if they sound like what is out there. A lot of music does. But these guys are playing with heart. Im sure if they came to England again, the people who saw them on the 36CF tour would go see them again.

Christian metal (and good christian metal) is hard to find. Norma Jean have got bad since Daniel Davidson left now being known as 'The Almighty Norma Jean' The Showdown and Haste the day have all had mass line up changes. Still Remains have split up. The Uk has no well established metal bands and so when we get an american band over to play like this I feel it is a bit harsh to slate their album without knowing more about them and what they do.

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