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Album Review

Christian metalcore is an odd animal. The growling vocals and loud, thudding guitars sound too aggressive to deliver any sort of religious message, and the lyrics — the one place where a band's ideals can be explicitly stated — are often unintelligible. In this light, Gwen Stacy's The Life I Know is a confusing debut, as the listener is never quite sure what to make of these churchgoing headbangers. Vocalist Cole Wallace certainly doesn't sound like the kind a person you'd bring home to meet your God-fearing parents — he sounds pained and downright angry as he screams his way through the band's set list. At the same time, he strays away from metalcore's usual lyrical fodder, refusing to sing about the bleak topics that dominate so many of the genre's records. Lyrics and faith aside, they're a passable metal band, having obviously done their homework and modeled their chops after hardcore's heaviest hitters. Songs like "Sleeping in the Train Yard" also add electronic percussion to the mix, which briefly brings the band into the commercial territory of Papa Roach and Linkin Park.

Customer Reviews

This deserves more credit

This band is great! They are just like the Devil Wears Prada, except no where near as popular. The best songs include, The Path To Certainy The Fear In Your Eyes Sleeping In the Train Yard Gone Fishing. See You In a Year I'll Splatter You Like Jackson Pollock in the album order. Over all, this is a great, overlooked record, and band, and i highly recommend this to The Devil Wears Prada and A Day To Remember fans. You Wont be disappointed!

Sometimes change is better...

I grew up listening to these guys. The drummer is from the same town I am (just south of Indy) and I went to every show I could. I listened before Brent started showing he had an amazing voice. Too many local kids say they lost their edge, I say they found it. Amazing songs with amazing lyrics. They are an inspiration. All new fans need to check out their old song Jeremiah Buys a Field... it is a Gwen Stacy classic.

Excellent album

I can't believe nobody has commented on this band. I know their bigger than that. Anyway, what an offering from these young lads. Can't go wrong with this purchase. Give a few songs a listen and then hit buy now, you won't be sorry.


Formed: 2004 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The Christian metalcore outfit Gwen Stacy were formed in 2004 by Indianapolis residents Cole Wallace (vocals), Brent Schindler (bass, vocals), Patrick Meadows (guitar), and T.J. Sego (drums). Blending inspirational, hope-filled lyrics with metal chops influenced by Underoath, Evergreen Terrace, and Stretch Arm Strong, the quintet toured the country for two years before entering the recording studio with producers Paul Leavitt and Brian McTernan in fall 2007. Their debut LP, The Life I Know, was released...
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