Review: The Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza

The Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza
“With Friends Like These… Who Needs Enemies”
(Resurrection A.D.)

13 members? How does a metal/hardcore band have 13 members? And I just don’t get the whole mask/outfit trend in music today. Alice Cooper was my first introduction to makeup rock. He was pretty cool, but this is like the bastard inbred children of Mudvayne, Mushroomhead, and Slipknot. Straight up gimmick metal–how original.  Apparently, what makes these guys so popular is their live show, and that doesn’t help this reviewer with what sounds like standard metalcore. Throaty vocals not unlike Slipknot with guitar and drums straight out of Sepultura’s back catalog. Lyrics are violent (“Barfight”) and homicidal (“Basement Talks”), and off-kilter soundbites abound.  The music that is proficient and loud, but it’s all so trite.  And they’ve only been doing this since 1998, so I can think of a few bands that have been at it longer and doing it better.  You can tell when something is uninspired, and such is the case here. Who do you think of when I say “Costumed freaks playing metal/hardcore and beating each other up on stage?” I’d say Gwar.