Genres: hard rock, alternative rock
Sep 8 - 14 2003
all is said and done, Habit of Mine is a good band. They play
hard rock, one step below metal, and they do it well. And while the HoM
repertoire offers nothing original or out of the ordinary, it still
stands out as a strong, very infectious album.
Melody is the name of the game on the band's self-titled debut
album. Right from the powerful albeit slightly repetitive opener,
"I Think About You," HoM go for the hooks. As was the
case on Lucy's Fur Coat and Choking Ghost's albums, the
songs may take a few listens to fully sink in, but after they do
you'll be humming them for weeks on end. While the majority of the
record's songs are in melodic hard rock territory (Pantera-calibre),
there are also a few departures. HoM's sensitive side is on
display on calmer numbers "One Wish" and "Spring."
Meanwhile, the instrumental "Trip Shit" and inventive spoken
word / rock experiment "Talk To Me" offer music that's a bit
out of the ordinary.
Altogether, HoM's debut album is a fine piece of melodic
rock music that blends harder material with more subdued alt. pop.
This ain't anything new or creative, but it's fun nonetheless.
[Vitals: 16 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]