January 18th, 2011
Release length: 35:32
Filthy Habits isn’t the most original act of this breed to exist, as there are plenty of comparisons that can be made to many Metalcore acts of today that are more stylish, yet have a slightly radio-friendly feel to them, such as As I Lay Dying, or even the more Hard Rock inspired Sonic Syndicate. The main thing going for the group is that they include a slight Post-Hardcore sound into their music that can heard in some of the tracks, such as the opening track “Liquor? I Don’t Even Know ‘Er”, but mostly due to the chorus with it’s slightly more Progressive stand point then most Metalcore acts of this breed, as well as the stand out atmospheric guitars of “Usurper” that will bring in shades of acts like The Ocean. But, sadly, this isn’t the case for every song on this release.
The clean vocals on the recording can sometimes become annoying, and sound somewhat off as well. “Inside Influence” doesn’t really bare any of the Post-Hardcore influences that make the recording stand out in the first place, and the clean vocals could do with a little more work to make them stronger. This track comes off more as a generic Hardcore track then anything, and concludes with a very uninspired and empty sounding breakdown. When the music does become generic, or even just a little bland or boring, it suffers greatly due to the production, which actually sounds a little tinny and higher pitched then it should be, which takes away from some of the edge of the music, though the guitars still have a substantial amount of distortion on them to give the recording a heavy feeling without taking away from some of the catchy, lighter radio-friendly hooks. After “Inside Influence”, this is the main drawback to the release, especially for the instrumental track “Bonees and Tissue” which just comes off more as filler and seems absolutely pointless to have on the recording.
The rest of Filthy Habits becomes hit or miss. Not every song comes off as generic, and there is “Spare Parts”, which comes off just as a very well done Hardcore song, though the random gutteral vocal moments that hits prior to the breakdown is something that is simply confusing. Aside that, the track shows a little more talent on the Hardcore side of the band then just doing generic Metalcore well, and also incorporates some of the more Progressive guitar work that reflects the Post-Hardcore sound as the track reaches the two-thirds point. Other then this track, however, there isn’t much else on this release to really get worked up about. “Top Gun” and “Token Ain’t Weezy” (which I’m assuming is about Token of the cartoon South Park not being comparable to Weezy of the television sitcom The Jeffersons) are alright tracks, but far from great, and definitely far from earlier tracks like “Usurper” and “Liquor? I don’t Even Know ‘Er”.
In the long run, Filthy Habits has a good number of tracks that really stand out in the Metalcore universe due to the band including some Post-Hardcore concepts here and there without overdoing it at all. There’s a number of welldone Hardcore songs on this release too, but nothing too strong to make this an immediate priority purchase. The production is a little too high pitched and hollow sounding, which takes some of the bite and heaviness from the music, and once in a while the clean singing can become irritating. The more impressive tracks on Filthy Habits are enough to make the band stand out, but unfortunately, past the first three songs, there’s nothing else aside one or two other tracks for the release that come off as anything more then well done stereotypical Metalcore/Hardcore that is only hurt from the production quality of the release.
01. Liquor? I Don’t Even Know ‘Er – 3:51
02. Afterlife Lottery – 2:33
03. Usurper – 3:07
04. Inside Influence – 3:16
05. Top Gun – 2:59
06. Bones and Tissue – 1:44
07. Dharma’s A Bitch – 3:28
08. 188.8.131.52 – 1:55
09. Token Ain’t Weezy – 2:56
10. Spare Parts – 3:41
11. Rico’s Roughnecks – 2:27
12. Blood Boils Quicker Than Water – 3:36
|Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10