Gwen Stacy
The Life I Know


3.5
great

Review

by ojkr03 USER (1 Reviews)
July 20th, 2008 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gwen Stacy made a strong debut, a band with a very good potential. Solid breakdowns, cool riffs and good screaming. That’s the formula of this band.

As a fan of metalcore, and of Gwen Stacy, and because no one has made a review of this album I decide to make my first review of “The Life I Know”. i saw this band playing live like 4 months ago, they sound really good. The vocals are nice and the show was energetic. Gwen Stacy is a new band from Indiana. Making their efforts to consolidate in the hardcore-metalcore scene, The Life I Know is a little generic but enjoyable metalcore album.

The album starts with "The Path To Certainly", in my opinion the best song in the album, beginning with powerful drums and then introducing the “metalcore” riff, the guitar is pretty catchy and with changing riffs through the song, the chorus is catchy and the bassist makes a nice roll singing the soft parts. The screaming is really good, as in almost all the album.

In "If We Live Right, We Cant Die" Wrong, the guitar starts with a dancing riff, then it comes the screaming that hits you right away in your face and it continues to scream: “This is the life I know” after this the song gains its rhythm. Again a good chorus and solid breakdowns. The end just makes you want to move your head with the vocals saying: “do you expect this to be easy?”

"The Fear in Your Eyes", the second best song found here. The screams are really good with parts singing “I decide who will live and who will die”, the lyrics in the album are average, but it has strong parts like in Playing God is Playing for Keeps when it says “this is an assassination, no one is leaving here alive.”

The drums are average, but in songs like "Playing God is Playing for Keeps" its when it sounds the best, with fast parts. "Sleeping in the Train Yard" it begins with some effects, making it sound different from the other album, it’s a nice song for resting the breakdowns, and the intro is what makes the song interesting, then it comes the rough screaming which is really powerful singing “Welcome to the other side..”. Very nice song.

Gwen Stacy made a strong debut, a band with a very good potential. Solid breakdowns, cool riffs and good screaming. That’s the formula of this band. Its not a buying album, maybe you should download the recommended tracks and if you like it you should listen to all of it. This is my first review as I said so I would like if you can tell me what can I improve.

Recommended tracks
The Path to Certainly, The Fear in Your Eyes, Sleeping in the Train Yard, If We Live Right, We Cant Die Wrong


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botb
July 20th 2008


11010 Comments


I have the opportunity to see this band live (as well as a lot of other really good christian bands...) are they worth my time?

rasputin
July 20th 2008


14891 Comments


I thought this was Gwen Stefani for a second, and when I saw the 'Metalcore' tag I was all confused.

ninjuice
July 20th 2008


6760 Comments


are they worth my time?
Seeing how low the average rating is (compared to most albums), I guess no. Then again, you might like it.
The review is okay, but needs to be fleshed out a bit. Also lose the parts where you talk about yourself (unless it helps somehow)

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HighandDriving
July 20th 2008


3288 Comments


They aren't worth your time.

ToWhatEnd
July 21st 2008


3172 Comments


Pretty generic and mediocre metalcore to be honest so I'd agree they aren't worth your time. Which show were you thinking of seeing them at botb?

Pebster49
July 21st 2008


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Its generic metalcore that gets extremely annoying...even worse!

Understanding In a Crash
July 21st 2008


428 Comments


I have the opportunity to see this band live (as well as a lot of other really good christian bands...) are they worth my time?

Big negative. They lost their screamer and I really have no idea how they are doing.

I enjoy this album from time to time but it's not that great IMO.

HeadCharge123
July 21st 2008


475 Comments


This album is so cliche that it bores me.This Message Edited On 07.21.08

natey
July 21st 2008


4187 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listening to this is like drowning in a lava flow

beans
July 21st 2008


2328 Comments


boring album

HeadCharge123
July 21st 2008


475 Comments


No offense but the three people who have rated this a classic must have no experience with music ...there is nothing classic about this album, and there is nothing here that hasnt been done before and done better!This Message Edited On 07.21.08

beans
July 21st 2008


2328 Comments


to each his own

HeadCharge123
July 21st 2008


475 Comments


Indeed, but honestly ...

beans
July 21st 2008


2328 Comments


i know, album bores me to death but its the same principal as mappy rating Waking the Cadaver a 5 just cause he wants to
just gotta let em go

botb
July 21st 2008


11010 Comments


Which show were you thinking of seeing them at botb?


The Taking Back The Streets festival. My friend's band is playing there with August Burns Red, These Guys, Oh, Sleeper, Akissforjersey, and a bunch of other really good christian bands.

FailureOnMyLips
October 12th 2008


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're not as enjoyable live now that they have a new vocalist. He just doensn't have the power that Cole had. The CD is pretty good though.

Comatorium.
June 29th 2009


4791 Comments


^ no, its not.

Amnesty
June 29th 2009


97 Comments


i dont like the cd a whole lot but i just saw the band friday and i like the new vocalist. never saw cole live but new guy is pretty good and the new songs they played were alot more enjoyable than the old ones.

Comatorium.
June 29th 2009


4791 Comments


thats good. they showed promise, but i just hated that CD.

DeafMetal
December 30th 2009


8596 Comments


I liked this album. Then I despised it. And now I kind of like it again. Very simplistic. The vocals are what I like the best I think, because everything else is too generic.



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