7 YEARS: Lifetime: CD

Mar 28, 2018

As a fan of melodic hardcore and punk of the ‘90s and early ‘00s, there was much about 7 Years to be stoked on, and it was easy to pick up on their influences on the title track, “Never Down,” and others. “Never Down,” is notable for a guest appearance by Joey Cape of Lagwagon. Apart from these highlights, there was a bland sameness to many of the thirteen songs on Lifetime. This repetitiveness killed the vibe for me after multiple listens. A strong five-song EP could easily have been distilled from the recordings on Lifetime, but as it stands, the rest of the songs dilute the strength of the best material. –Paul J. Comeau (Morning Wood)