A new album of ADX, the probably biggest French band next to KILLERS, and a damn good one on top of it. It took them ten years to bring a new longplayer into stores, and it was worth the wait. But the band does not make it easy, just like their already mentioned compatriots.
For one „Division Blindée“ has very straight parts, which are an open invitation to let the hair fly, but on the other hand they also incorporate many bulky elements and odd twists and turns, which remind me more of bands such as DEADLY BLESSING. The moment you get used to a fragment, you get the next, even weirder sounding element. So it will take quite some time before you will be able to fully enjoy the CD, but it is worth it, I can guarantee you that you will spend a lot of time with this epos! At the beginning I had big problems with the whole thing and pushed the album aside, disappointed, but then suddenly it clicked. At least most of the choruses and melodies kick in and sink their teeth into your memory.
For starters you should probably try the grandiose title track that reminds me a lot of the structure and also effect of CLOVEN HOOF’s “Astral Rider”, but one way or the other you will have to get this album into your collection, at least if you like demanding and fairly heavy Heavy Metal. Oh, before I forget, of course they sing in their native tongue, but that shouldn’t be a problem for you, should it?
(Online March 1, 2011)