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Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza / All Else Failed
Live at the Dungeon - Split CD (Supermodel Records)

By: Jeb Branin

This is a surprisingly well recorded live CD from two of the underground's sickest bands. BAD LUCK 13 RIOT EXTRAVAGANZA are a grinding hardcore band whose music is unfortunately overshadowed by their G.G. meets THE DWARVES meets THE MENTORS meets pro wrestling image and stage antics. The CD comes with a video clip of the band that shows them doing everything from a tame show to a full-blown riot extravaganza complete with blood, fights, smashed chairs, broken heads and getting lit on fire. Musically they are a good kick in the teeth but I am left with the impression they are all about the "experience" not the music. ALL ELSE FAILED share this split CD, although they seemingly lack the shtick and instead concentrate on merging their bone-splintering hardcore grind with math metal. Their video clip is comparatively tame although their live performance is interspersed with porn clips in an effort not to pale too much visually. ALL ELSE FAILED is definitely the superior band here. Their bitterness and cold-hearted take on life is far more "outrageous" than any schlock rock antics will ever be.
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