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GWEN STACY
THE LIFE I KNOW
FERRET

Christian metalcore quartet Gwen Stacy may have taken their name from the Spiderman comic book (apparently Gwen Stacy was Spidey's first girlfriend), yet there's little on THE LIFE I KNOW to qualify as super. Following metalcore by numbers with screamy vocals seething with aggression, chugging low-end guitars, and mid-paced rhythms all leading up to the almighty breakdown, this Indiana unit rarely stray from the Underoath/Norma Jean template (sans the electronically-tinged "Sleeping in the Train Yard") long enough to register a distinct dent in the genre. Competent yet all too familiar for those who reside in the pit, this far from groundbreaking 12-track endeavor has its moments, yet ultimately falls victim to being a bit too similar to countless groups in their genre.
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- Mike SOS