Monday, 13 December 2010 21:55 | Written by Raymond Coonen |
BAND: BAD HABIT
LABEL: AOR HEAVEN
RELEASE DATE: 21-JAN-2011 RATING 95 /100
GENRE: MELODIC ROCK
PRODUCER: HAL MARABEL
REVIEWER: RAYMOND "EVERYBODY LOVES RAY" COONEN
A few months ago I told you about a band called Bad Habit when this Swedish band released a greatest hits album called 'Timeless'. A must have for the average melodic rock lover. But now I can tell you with a smile on my face about the new Bad Habit album. It is called 'Atmosphere' and it is the 10th full studio album of this five piece.
From the counting down intro of "In The Heat Of The Night" till the very last note of the last song "Without You" the album is from an unbelievable high level. This is the best album from Bad Habit ever… and I think one of the best albums to be released in 2011 already!!! What a great start of the year.
As I just told 'Atmosphere' starts with In The Heat Of The Night. A song which is for Bad Habit standards quite heavy guitar orientated and gives you a glimpse of the great songs that will tickle your ears for the almost next 48 minutes. From the one highlight to the other… from "Words Are Not Enough" to the best of the best song on the album "I Wanna Be The One". But if I say best of the best it won’t do justice to the other great tracks like "Fantasy", "We Are One", "Save Me", "Without You" or the ballad "Angel Of Mine".
In my eyes 'Atmosphere' has become a perfectly balanced album. It has just enough (heavy) guitar in the songs and just enough keyboards without making them soft or poppy. Singer Bax Fehling has done an outstanding job on the vocals but I think that the most credits must go to the other founding member of Bad Habit… mister do-it-all Hal Marabel. He produced the album, wrote the songs, played the guitar and filled in the keyboard parts. I think if you ask him to fix your sink he can do that too!!
Bad Habit prooved with 'Atmosphere' that now they really belong into the big melodic rock league. If you like the last three Gotthard albums you can buy 'Atmosphere' blind. Trust me...
01. In The Heat Of The Night*
02. Words Are Not Enough*
03. Every Time You Cry*
04. I Wanna Be The One*
05. I’ll Die For You*
06. Angel Of Mine
08. We Are One*
09. Only Time Will Tell
10. Break The Sillence
11. Save Me
12. Catch Me When I Fall
13. Without You*
* Everybody Loves Ray’s favourite tracks
Bax Fehling: vocals
Hal Marabel: guitars , keyboards
Partik Sodergren: bass
Jaine Salazar : drums
Sven Cirnski : lead guitars