Four years after their latest roundabout blow “Snakes And Ladders” Canadian HANKER bring out their next fable epos. Again the band plays the best Power Metal you could hope for. The only negative point of the album is the a bit tame drum sound. But because of the magnificent compositions you can definitely look over that.
The songs are a bit more melodic and catchy than before, only even touching the bombast group. We will never experience the band as wild as on their debut “In Our World”, but if you look at the quality of the past albums, this is absolutely excusable. There are no fillers on this CD, but a whole lot of killers, with the hymn “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea“ with its chorus reminding me of old SAIGON KICK taking the crown.
As demanding Metalhead and especially fan of bands such as ARTCH, FIFTH ANGEL and co. you have to get this. The wide masses will not discover this small gem anyway, but who loves his music traditional, but never outdated, needs to buy this one. Essential album!!! (Online December 31, 2004)