|Review: Habitual Sins - Personal Demons|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 14, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (12 Votes)
I was one of those who were disappointed when Matt Bizilia left Icarus Witch, and then rather disappointed with the following album, so I was stoked to hear he had a new band, and I have been eagerly waiting for this release for several years. Habitual Sins are unsurprisingly a lot like Icarus Witch in a lot of ways, playing dark, heavy metal with occult lyrics and Bizilia's trademark wail. If you have missed the days of Capture the Magic, then this is going to be right up your alley. This is darker and less friendly than Icarus Witch usually were, and Bizilia is working a harsher, nastier vibe for his vocals. I think the vocal lines here could have been catchier, and more effort could have been put into some of the songs. There are strong cuts like "The Djinn" and the doomy "Prince of Wallachia", but too many of these songs are at a very similar mid-pace, and don't have enough identity. This is good, but it could be better.
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