Artist: Bad Habit
it’s been some four years coming but it’s finally here the eighth
and one of the bands best, Bad Habit’s new album ‘Above And
again Bax Fehling, Hal Marabel, Sven Cirnski, Patrik Sodergren and Jaime
Salazar have returned to the fold with another powerful Melodic Rock
album and give their fans what they have been waiting for, for the past
Reingold returns to produce the album
and again he's brought out the best in the bands sound. Most of
all Fehling’s vocals seem more dominant on this release, with the
guitars sounding crisp without being too polished.
album opens up with ‘I Don’t Want You’ and instantly you realise
what has been missing from the genre for the past few years. This
is pure Melodic Heaven and will get those feet moving from the first few
album continues to impress with ‘Just A Heartbeat Away’, again pure
Melodic bliss from the band with Fehling giving his all on this one.
I don’t know why but his vocals seem far more impressive than they did
on Hear-Say, whether it's down to production or just something he’s be
eating, the sound on this track and throughout the album is quite
band have always mixed some quite rockier moments with some more gentle
ballads, but it’s the rockers that really standout on this new album
as they continue with ‘Don’t Want To Say Goodbye’, a great chorus
led by some wonderful guitar work. This is one of the highlights
of the album for me.
first of those more gentile moments comes with ‘Let Me Be The One’.
This the sort of song that made the whole Melodic Rock genre so big in
the 80’s, a power ballad by any other words but with more modern
of a more modern sound, the band step into the noughties with 'A Lot To
Learn’. This one is very now and that’s exactly what this
genre needs, a band willing to take that step forward out of the
eighties while still remaining true to the cause. Something that
Harem Scarem were doing on their last two albums.
back to the more rockier elements of the album with another favourite of
mine the superb ‘I Believe’. A great riff filled spectacle
that is true to the bands "Adult Orientation" as any track on
it's time for some more guitar wielding with the title track ‘Above
And Beyond. Again Fehling is just superb and with Marabel and
Cirnski in equally spectacular form. If it wasn’t for ‘I
Believe’ this would be my track of the album.
me the album could finish here and I would be satisfied, but thankfully
the band have put together a fantastic thirteen tracks for your
listening pleasure on this album and they're all crackers.
Starting off with ‘My Confession’, a great up tempo rocker true to
form, then there’s the moving tones of ‘Let Me Tell You’ and the
sublime ballad ‘Surrender’ that will melt even the hardest of
With thirteen tracks on an album you’d expect a few fillers but not with this album, the band have been gone for so long and are giving the fans a real treat with this thirteen song masterpiece. They continue with ‘Calling Your Name’ another slice of modern Melodic Rock and ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, before rounding off the album in style with ‘I Need Someone’, a real Bad Habit classic in the making and one that ends a great album. Let's just hope we don’t have to wait another four years for the next installment!
1 I Don't Want You
2 Just A Heartbeat Away
3 Don't Want To Say Goodbye
4 Let Me Be The One
5 A Lot To Learn
6 I Believe
7 Above And Beyond
8 My Confession
9 Let Me Tell You
11 Calling Your Name
12 Never Gonna Give You Up
13 I Need Someone
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