Release Date: 2010/11
Traverse City, Michigan-based power metal prog rockers, Stilllife have one of the cooler logos I’ve seen in a while. Among the dozens of CDs on my desktop for review, it was this that caught my eye.
I jumped into their debut self-released album, Requiem, hoping to find the music would do the logo justice. Alas, it did not.
As a general rule I don’t waste much time writing bad reviews or articles on bands that I don’t like or that are unimpressive to me, but listening to their album was so afflictive I had to write something.
What was perhaps most painful in listening to Requiem is the fact that there is talent in this band. The skills are there for the honing. Yet, often the guitars were discordant, the singer frequently off key, the drummer recurrently out of sync, and the overall sound was inharmonious. And still they chose to put a lot of effort and money into recording this.
Even many of the lyrics are hackneyed. From the track, “A Godless World: ‘Walking the crooked straight line, side by side…’ The entire first verse of the song sounds like it was put together with a rhyming dictionary. Head on over to their MySpace page and listen to the song for yourself.
Perhaps I’m way out in left field on this band, and my intent is not to be harsh or overly critical of the guys. The Charbonneau brothers, Erik (vocals/guitar), Nathan (bass) and Jeremy (drums), along with guitarist Joe Melin, have put immense effort into their craft, but for me they are simply not there yet.
The band is currently working on new material, and it may well be more impressive than this was.
In an effort to be fair to the guys I am including links to a couple of favorable reviews, lest it just merely be my taste alone that is off.
Positive Review: HellRideMusic.com
Positive Review: HighwireDaze.com
I should also note that there are several other bands out there using the “Stillife” name, and the use of “Requiem” as an album or song title is beyond trite.
Rating: Pleading the 5th