"Submission Denied" (Independent; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Everywhere I look, they're calling Habit of Force's "Submission Denied" "groove metal" but that category doesn't seem to fit to me. When I think of "groove metal," I think of Stuck Mojo or Primus. Habit of Force reminds me more of Pantera or Terror. Much more metal than groove. But maybe that's just me. I always hated subdividing metal genres anyway.

Regardless, "Submission Denied" is very guitar driven metal with a vocalist whose screams are surprisingly clear and intelligible. This is very important because the band's lyrics are significant and well-written. The tracks here chug away like speeding locomotives, driving into your brain, the guitars slamming their riffs in deep while the solos, while perhaps relatively simple, are well-placed and effective. Each tracks draws you right into the next until you've listened to the entire album ... and then you're ready to listen to it again.

"Groove Metal"? I don't know about that. The band that Habit of Force most reminds me of is Mushroomhead and I don't think of them as groove metal either. You know what? Screw it. We don't need no stinking labels. Habit of Force's "Submission Denied" will kick your ass and that's really all you need to know.

Habit of Force: BigTruck, Junior, Voodoo.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/habitofforce.

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.

Back to CD Reviews Home

Back to RoughEdge.com Home

Copyright 2011 by R. Scott Bolton. All rights reserved.
Revised: 05 Jun 2022 15:54:51 -0400.