Exodus: Steve Souza (vocals); Rick Hunolt, Gary Holt (guitar); Mike Butler (bass); John Tempesta (drums).
Additional personnel: Tower Of Power Horns,
Engineers: Chris Tsangerides, Marc Senesac.
Recorded at Battery Studios, London, England and The Plant, Sausalito, California.
All songs written by members of Exodus except "Bitch" (Jagger/Richards) and "Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello).
For Force Of Habit, Exodus slows the pace a notch, drops the guitars a register, and gives the thrash a little room to breathe. Still, the approach does allow for some melody, and the inclusion of a pair of uncharacteristic cover versions in The Rolling Stone's "Bitch" and Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up." Force Of Habit also features some interesting lyrical content. "Me, Myself and I" satirizes the "me generation;" "One Foot In The Grave" sets straight any notion that substance abuse is cool; "Architect Of Pain" is an 11-minute magnum opus tribute to the Marquis de Sade. ~ Roch Parisien