Force of Habit

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Force of Habit
Studio album by Exodus
Released August 17, 1992
Recorded 1992
Battery Studios, London, UK
Genre Groove metal
Length 68:41
Label Capitol, Toshiba-EMI (Japan)
Producer Chris Tsangarides
Exodus chronology
Lessons in Violence
Force of Habit
Another Lesson in Violence
For the Transformers story see List of Transformers books#Force of Habit.

Force of Habit is the fifth album by the thrash metal band Exodus. The songs are a departure from the thrash metal style for Exodus, slower and more experimental. Many of the song titles are figures of speech.

Force of Habit is Exodus's last release until their 1997 live album Another Lesson in Violence and is also their last studio album until 2004's Tempo of the Damned, since the band went on two extended hiatuses. This is Exodus's last album to feature John Tempesta on drums and is also their only album to feature Mike Butler on bass as well as the band's only release without the jagged edged "Exodus" logo that had appeared on all of the band's previous and subsequent releases. It was later re-released in 2008 in a limited edition mini-album packaging to resemble the original vinyl release, including the inner sleeve. This version was remastered and includes the bonus tracks from the Japanese release.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Force of Habit received a mixed review from Allmusic's Roch Parisien, who awarded the album three stars out of five, and stated that "Exodus slows the pace a notch, drops the guitars a register, and gives the thrash a little room to breathe."[1]

Force of Habit was the first Exodus album not to chart on the Billboard 200 since 1985's Bonded by Blood.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Thorn in My Side"   Holt, Souza 4:06
2. "Me, Myself & I"   Holt, Hunolt 5:03
3. "Force of Habit"   Holt, Souza 4:19
4. "Bitch" (The Rolling Stones cover) Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:48
5. "Fuel for the Fire"   Holt, Souza 6:04
6. "One Foot in the Grave"   Holt 5:19
7. "Count Your Blessings"   Holt, Hunolt 7:31
8. "Climb Before the Fall"   Holt, Hunolt, Souza 5:38
9. "Architect of Pain"   Holt 11:02
10. "When It Rains It Pours"   Holt 4:20
11. "Good Day to Die"   Holt, Hunolt, Souza 4:48
12. "Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello cover) Elvis Costello 3:10
13. "Feeding Time at the Zoo"   Butler, Holt, Hunolt, Souza, Tempesta 4:33
Total length:

Band line-up[edit]


  • Recorded at Battery Studios, London, UK
  • Produced and engineered by Chris Tsangarides
  • Assistant engineered by Chris Marshall and Sarah Bedingham
  • Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero at Riversound, New York, USA
  • Additional recording and remixing by Marc Senesac at The Plant, Sausalito, California, USA
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York, USA
  • Artwork by Ralph Steadman