Habit of Mine
Habit of Mine
label: Slithering Disc Records
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
buy it: here
of Mine is a typical four-piece nu-metal band out of California…well,
they are for the first two songs on this really really long
debut album. "I Think About You" and "Dark Little
Princess" are very much a part of that whole post-grunge
crunch thing that all the groups were doing two or three years
ago, and all you can really tell about them from these two songs
are: A) they play well enough; B) Erik Macenas sings well enough;
C) drummer Todd Duda needs some work on his lyrics. ("You
say I was sinking / But my heart still floats" -- eesh.)
something weird happens when the third song, "One Wish,"
comes on. This isn't nu-metal; it's…it's…it's folky
prog! And it's kinda interesting! Hmmm. Then we get to "Habits
of Mine," the almost-title track; it's…it's…it's
like all those weird hybrid hard/soft songs on Zeppelin's Houses
of the Holy and Physical Graffiti! And Macenas'
voice actually does that messed-up Robert Plant warbling thing!
Suddenly, all bets are off, and this album (and this group) get
awfully hard to pigeonhole.
of the songs tend towards the easy metal-ballad or loud slamming
pounding pieces, and that's cool enough -- hey, everyone's gotta
rock sometimes. But these songs just don't stand out from Nickelback
territory, really. But other songs do, they really really do:
the creepy instrumental "Trip Shit," the psychedelic
"Reasons" (someone's been listening to Soundgarden,
which is fine by me because Soundgarden ROOOOOOOOOOOOLED), and
the twelve-minute "Spring," which morphs halfway
through into a completely different song, a wonderful feature
for Erik Jensen's guitar solos (yes, that's plural on the solos,
there) and the bottom-end laid down by bassist Tom Gardner.
So although this isn't a great record,
it bodes very well that Habit of Mine is so wonderfully ambitious.
If Duda could just not write stuff like "One and two / Buckle
my shoe / Three and four / Close the door", and if they could
hold onto their admirable musical schizophrenia, I really think
they could have some even better stuff in their future. But in
the meantime, this is some fun-ass loud metal prog folk jamband
poppy rock music indeed.
liked Habit of Mine...
1. I Think
2. Dark Little Princess
3. One Wish
4. Habits Of Mine
6. One and Two
7. Trip Shit
9. Whenever I See Your Face
10. Precious Lives
11. Talk To Me
12. I Can See
14. All Of You
15. Fully Recovered
16. Save The Day