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Review: Hanker - In Our World - Revisited
In Our World - Revisited

Label: Independent
Year released: 1996
Duration: 60:21
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: September 29, 1999
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (20 Votes)

In Our World is Hanker's first album so I was expecting it to be somewhat inferior to The Dead Ringer (my first Hanker album.)  Well, at first I thought so, but after listening to it many times, I realized that my first impression was only based on the fact that they sound pretty much different - in a good way

As in The Dead Ringer, this album has extraordinary lyrical contents.  This is one of Hanker's great qualities, you will not find dumb lyrics just made to sound good with the music in their albums.  The writing is intelligent, and, as in their second album, I find that some of their songs touch me personally to some extent (in one case the lyrics were right on something I am living right now - or more exactly that I've been living for about a year - that actually made me stop and think a lot.)  As I mentioned in my review of The Dead Ringer, I am sure at least part of this album will remind someone of some events of their life.

Musically the album is another Hanker masterpiece, or more appropriately, I should say a metal masterpiece.  The album starts with two fast-paced songs, I'd Like To Know and Bloodbath In Heaven.  My first impression was "Whoa!  These guys are pissed!!".  Well, you would be with the subjects the songs are about :)  The pace slows down a little in the next songs, with some starting off as ballads and then speeding up to various levels (I just love those!!!)  Overall, a good variety of songs about the things in life make up a great album.  Lead vocalist Pascal Cliche still impresses me on this album, the vocals are great throughout the album, and vary a lot during each song, sometimes going from a mellow ballad-like voice up to a somewhat speedy, high-pitched one.  Aaahh, I'm trying to get too technical here! :)

Additional Information

- Re-issued as "In Our World" on limited-edition vinyl in 2002 by Cult Metal Classics (Greece)

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