Hanker started in 1985 originally under the name Cobalt in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada but Hanker was later chosen after a search through the English dictionary; "Hanker" means "craving for something". They modeled their traditional Heavy Metal sound after the NWOBHM greats of the 1980s mixed with a strong helping of Power Metal in the styles of Iron Maiden, Gamma Ray, Judas Priest and Helloween. In 1991, their first recording, a 5 track demo received play on Canada's Much Music video network. In Our World, their debut CD followed in 1994. They became most known for their follow-up 1998 release Dead Ringer, their second outing under the membership of Pascal Cliché (keyboard/vocals/guitar), Patrick Gravel (guitar/back. vocals), Martin Jones (bass) and Luc Guay (drums), which received rave reviews with tracks being featured on many compilations. After a failed and short-lived relationship with a Toronto area record company, they would release their third outing, Snakes And Ladders, a loose concept on the crooks in the music industry - mostly influenced by their recent experiences. Web Of Faith would appear in August of 2004 on the Skyscraper Music' label with Dennis Cossettle on bass.