November 2013 National Music Reviews

Review: Hank 3 – A Fiendish Threat

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Hank 3
A Fiendish Threat
Hank 3 Records
Street: 10.01
Hank 3 (on this record) = Germs + Scott H. Biram + Slayer (Undisputed Attitude)
Hank 3 has always touted his love of aggressive music, such as punk and metal, and the juxtaposition of that with his family heritage and country persona have lent, in no small part, to what makes him a fascinating character. Here on A Fiendish Threat, he takes the instrumentation largely from country and plays at break neck speeds along with blaring, distorted vocals. “New Identity” begins with these ghostly strums of a steel guitar that are joined by a downtrodden, galloping rhythm as Hank hollers about destiny and about “having to find, to find a new me.” The album is original and pretty intense, but I can’t help but think that maybe this record would have been better served as an EP, since many of the songs sound similar, but the idea is a solid one. I hope Hank 3 tries stuff like this again, but I don’t think I’ll be spinning this one too often. –James Orme
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