|Review: Hanker - Snakes and Ladders|
|Snakes and Ladders|
Label: Metal Disk Records
Year released: 2000
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 1, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Snakes and Ladders
Rated 4.52/5 (90.43%) (23 Votes)
This album is heavier and faster than the first two, the first song Ad Patres being a good introduction to over 53 minutes of pure power metal that Hanker delivers better than ever before. Lead vocalist Pascal Cliche is in even better control of his voice, delivering an impressive range of vocals from beginning to end. The drumming is impressive, more present and loud than in the previous albums, adding an overwhelming power to just about every song. You wont fall asleep on this one, people! This is also the first album with bassist Denis Cossette, who graces us with a couple of solos. The guitars sound better than ever, showing the amazing talent of the two guitarists. The solos are nothing short of amazing. Lets not forget the well thought out lyrics that Hanker has accustomed us to in the previous albums. Snakes and Ladders is no exception.
Some notes on a few songs - theyre all good so Ill keep it short . The third song, Hail To You is a great hymn to their loyal fans. Confidence man, the sixth song, is among my favorites, a great rocker song that will probably generate a lot of enthusiasm when played live as soon as they start playing the first notes. The ninth song, Fools Paradise, is an instrumental ballad, and also the shortest at 2:51. It is a good introduction to The Eternal Struggle (which happens to be the longest, at 8:25). The latter is so intense, it will stop you from doing whatever youre doing and listen attentively.
Ok, I havent said anything bad... Actually its pretty difficult to do so. Id say Seven and closer Behind The Curtain and the weakest songs on the album, although they are very good. Now, Ive said it. Happy?
This album is so far my choice for album of the year 2000. Unfuckingbelievable is the one-word description of Hankers latest masterpiece. This is an absolute must-have for any metalhead, period.
- Re-issued in 2002 on limited-edition vinyl by Cult Metal Classics (Greece)
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