Introduction to Lifelong and Revive The Masses EP.
Do you remember of Confide American metalcore band from California? After calling it quits in 2010 and going for a revival in 2013, they have vanished from the stage. Three of them are now back in a brand new hardcore outfit reassembled as LIFELONG from San Diego, California.
Lifelong is Ross Kenyon on vocals, Trevor Vickers on guitar and Joel Piper on drums. The band is coming back with a heavy stomp and launching their debut EP titled REVIVE THE MASSES released on May 1st, 2018.
Trevor Vickers and Ross Kenyon started talking about a new project in 2015, later on they recruited back their former drummer, literally hours after Trevor moved to town. Forgetting the past through God and religion, Lifelong combined and brought forward a new project as a renewal of the relationship itself, both musically and personally.
Lifelong want to share the light they have found with their audience as an inspiration to get through the storm and arise from the darkness into their lives.
An interesting mini documentary on Lifelong where the band opens up to their personal and religious experiences and the inspiration leading to a brand new mature outfit:
LIFELONG. REVIVE THE MASSES EP.
Track by track review
1. Yours Alone
2. Revive the Masses
3. Found a Way
The album starts off with opener Yours Alone, and since the beginning of the album the hardcore mark is very evident. A pronounced rhythmic pattern sets a sped up pace for the song and the rest of the album itself. The opening track hosts remarkable lyrics a catchy chorus which is engaging as for being memorable and highly melodious. Revive The Masses is the title track for which a video release has been also brought out. This track shows how capable Lifelong is in the combination of blistering hardcore sections together with catchiness and driving melody. This is a mainly hardcore – melodic hardcore track also including a few metalcore elements on the mini breakdowns. A punchy drums pattern and some amazing guitar work are merged with heartfelt screaming before melting towards an amusing refrain. Sing along comes so natural on the catchy chorus since its first repetition which is mainly driven by backing vocals on the clear range. Amazing song.
The terrific formula found by Lifelong between melodic and heavy is massively showcased on third track Found A Way, where transition from harsh vocals to clean and clear vocals is liquid and flawless. A very notable chorus is to be found here as well, engaging and meaningful on the lyrics characterizing the whole EP as a praise to God for leading the way when way was lost. These kind of choruses that Lifelong have crafted look at the anthemic version of a refrain which is always a pleasing element. Very solid bass lines are also a strong point on the track.
Morning is a track lead by the another intense pulverizing work on the bass guitar, including an interesting section of screaming on subtle guitar arpeggio in the second half of the song. Harsh vocals are very prominent since the heart wrenching screaming at the very beginning. The song has some bittersweet melody in its very core I appreciated as diluting the superficial heaviness of the arrangement. Closing track Today is a pummeling track introduced by a pounding intro. A clean and crisp melody on the catchy chorus is harmonizing some darting drums, gnarling vocal sections and hectic chords work both on the thin and thick side of them. A very accessible closing track capable of grabbing and carrying along, while the EP draws to a close and leaves behind a sense of appreciation and appeal, longing for more music to be dropped by Lifelong.
Suggested tracks: Yours Alone, Revive The Masses, Found A Way
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