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since 2001

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info opinion

Habit of Mine

Self-Titled CD

Slithering Disc Records

Genres: hard rock, alternative rock

Sep 8 - 14 2003

When 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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 16 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]