"Demo" (Self-produced; 2007)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

This four song demo from Maryland's Bad Habit sounds largely like early 80s punk rock. It's very short and plunges straight ahead with no apologies, but a tremendous amount of fire and rage. 

The thing I liked most about a lot of punk rock bands back in the early 1980s was that it seemed pure to some extent. There was little thought about money, production values or anything that might make you second guess yourself and your music. I think these guys very much have that approach and that's refreshing because the term "punk rock" has become a bit too broad over the years and not everyone deserves to be in that category. These guys do and fly through their songs yet they still manage to sound powerful and each song has it's own flavor. 

Bad Habit remind me primarily of Minor Threat and early Uniform Choice and it's a direction that certainly seems to work for them. I enjoyed their demo and respect that they keep moving forward and stay focused.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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