50 Lions - When Life Expires (Cover Artwork)

50 Lions

50 Lions: When Life ExpiresWhen Life Expires (2009)
Six Feet Under

Reviewer Rating: 1.5

Contributed by: OverDefinedOverDefined
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There's a stereotype around the â??Org that hardcore is only a tough-guy moshfest with the sole purpose of selling shirts with giant lettering. I try to resist the proliferation of this stereotype in my reviews and in my comments because there are great bands and labels that fly in the face of this caricature and are wholly worthy of attention.

However, try as I might, there exist bands that will do nothing but reinforce this stereotype. Like a sorority girl puking at a keg party or a crust punk not properly feeding his dog, 50 Lions' new full-length is here to reinforce every negative stereotype about hardcore that the â??Org readership harbors. There's the overly tough vocals, mechanical breakdowns, way-too-big production, cheesy generic lyricsâ?¦and really, the list just goes on. This record does everything I find annoying about hardcore and very little that I like.

With that said, as a thorough reviewer I should point out that 50 Lions is from Australia, which is actually pretty cool. The vocalist is also the brother of Winston McCall, the vocalist of Parkway Drive--the really big Australian metalcore band on Epitaph--and who guests on this record. According to their Wikipedia page, "Throughout their short career they have toured with recognisable [sic] bands such as Rise Against, Parkway Drive, I Killed The Prom Queen, Evergreen Terrace and Comeback Kid." Furthermore, in order to say something nice, I will point out that this is a good band that plays their instruments well individually and as a cohesive unit.

In conclusion, it's funny of how thin a line it is between good hardcore and a total cheesefest. I like heavy riffs as much as the next guy, but when it crosses over into this generic tough-guy territory with riffs and lyrics I've heard a million times before, I can't run away fast enough.


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overdefined (July 15, 2010)

"check out some aussie bands called Deez Nuts, Dropsaw and The Amity Affliction.

I'm going to see 50 Lions play with The Ghost inside, The Devil Wears Prada and Parkway Drive in a couple of months...."

I will NOT be checking out a band called "Deez Nuts"

LeightonESmith (July 15, 2010)

check out some aussie bands called Deez Nuts, Dropsaw and The Amity Affliction.

I'm going to see 50 Lions play with The Ghost inside, The Devil Wears Prada and Parkway Drive in a couple of months....

scientistrock (July 14, 2010)

or rather, recognisable.

scientistrock (July 14, 2010)

I believe in the queen's english, it is spelled "unrecognisable."

slowstupidhungry (July 14, 2010)

These guys are not a good band... Good bands write good songs. All these guys do is slightly tweak and water down No Warning riffs.

overdefined (July 13, 2010)

Conblake - it actually doesn't sound like that at all. Get it together.

conblake (July 13, 2010)

sounds like music for angry white teens with tongue piercings who love ICP and are really angry cause they live in a really nice residential living area.

inagreendase (July 13, 2010)

I thought their songs on the Down to Nothing split were pretty cool, but this, eh. I don't know what went wrong.

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