I       Between Two Worlds
Nuclear Blast Records (release: November 3rd, 2006)

Is Abbath gently planning the great return of IMMORTAL ? We can think so, with this Heavy Metal orientated album, another one, nevertheless very convincing.
Between two worlds, a title which perfectly suits...Laurent

DIE VERBANNTEN KINDER EVAS       Dusk And Void Became Alive
Napalm Records (release: November 6th, 2006)

Perfect album, guaranteed atmosphere... especially if you have monks for dinner tonight !...Laurent

FOREST SILENCE       Philosophy Of Winter
Candlelight Records (release: November 6th, 2006)

Hungarian Black Metal for a change ! This is the side project of a keyboard player named Winter, who usually plays in SEAR BLISS, a well known band (in their place anyway). FOREST SILENCE was created in 1997 but it's their first album, comprised of five tracks only, where playing fast is not their main feature. Actually, everything is a question of fairly oppressive atmospheres here, nearly dark, despite a few relative accelerations, for an invitation to a hypnotic journey.
Anyway, a first interesting attempt, easily listened in one go, especially it doesn't last long (that might be the reason why !). Then, if you have an irresistible urge to go to Hungary to run across forests under the moonlight (no, with your clothes on !), you will probably meet those brave lumberjacks there (cf. promo pictures)...Laurent

PRETTY MAIDS       Wake Up To The Real World
Frontiers Records (release: November 10th, 2006)

The great return of this Danish band at last, missing since several years, with an excellent album. Still going strong since the beginning, the inseparable Ronnie Atkins (vocals) et Ken Hammer (guitar) play in addition a brilliant cover song of DEEP PURPLE, Perfect Strangers…Jean-Luc

STYX       One With Everything
Frontiers Records (release: November 10th, 2006)

A 70's mythical band coming back with a live album, on which you can find no less than 115 musicians and 60 choir members !!! What a logistics ! Obviously, most of their classics are performed, such as Crystal Ball or Miss America. If you want to know the whole track listing, you ought to rush to buy the CD.Jean-Luc

SACHTA       Anosognosie
DeadSun Records (release: November 15th, 2006)

A French Hardcore act but more than this, 'cause the vocal duels often go to Death Metal sound to enlarge the context. Not to mention two amazing interludes (piano and strings) as well as a hip-hop break on Brutal Renegade (but you can do without it). Before seeing them on stage, where this kind of band will show what they're capable of, SACHTA's communicative energy will lead you to a sofa-diving performance in your living room. Watch out for the furniture !...Laurent

THESYRE       Exist !
Osmose Productions (release: November 15th, 2006)

In the category: "I don't do like other people", here come the Canadians of THESYRE who release a CD comprised of one single 32'44'' track precisely. Even if this song could be cut in pieces, it's impossible to locate them on your player in advance. So, you have to listen to the whole in one go. Well done, guys !
Nevertheless, it has already been made by a few bands even so and the whole thing being dedicated to the memory of Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, you'll easily understand where their musical influences come from…Laurent