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A Blueprint Of The World

Enchant - A Blueprint Of The World ©1995 Magna Carta
1. The Thirst
2. Catharsis
3. Oasis
4. Acquaintance
5. Mae Dae
6. At Death's Door
7. East Of Eden
8. Nighttime Sky
9. Enchanted
10. Open Eyes

It was a really bad time for fans of rock music. The intelligent song had been pronounced extinct by the media. Hordes of MTV fueled CDs had appeared on the shelves of the local record stores. Every CD sold came with a stick of bubblegum to be chewed in time with the flavorless lyrics. All hope was lost.

However, like the hero in an action movie, Enchant arrived in the nick of time to encourage those who prefer more meat and less saccharine with their music. Five very serious musicians combined with the production talents of Marillion's guitarist Steve Rothery released A Blueprint Of The World, much to the delight of audiophiles everywhere. Sounding a lot like Moving Pictures era Rush with more than a smattering of Marillion, Enchant put together some very good songs. Paul Craddick sounds as though he read Neal Peart's notes on how to play drums. Some of his percussion will happily remind listeners of Rush and the talents of Mr. Peart. Douglas Ott plays a great guitar and his solos are clean and crisp, blending in with the songs wonderfully. Ted Leonard's vocals are very good. With a good mid-range voice, he carries emotion very well, matching himself to the song at hand. I've seen these guys classified as progressive metal. I think that is too much of a stretch. These guys are far more progressive than they are metal. They sound like Rush at their more mellow moments, or Kansas on Song For America. For those times when you want something mellow but don't want to sacrifice brain cells to the bland offerings of pop radio, Enchant offer a very good solution.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 07/2000

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Wounded

Enchant - Wounded ©1997 Magna Carta
1. Below Zero
2. Fade 2 Grey
3. Pure
4. Broken
5. Hostile World
6. Look Away
7. Armour
8. Distractions
9. Missing

Enchant's second release steps up the oomph a bit over A Blueprint Of The World. I still don't think I'd call them metal, but they show hints of a metallic leaning with this CD. There is a heavier sound in the guitar playing and the percussion is stepped forward to match the change in speed. They are a heavier progressive rock band that certainly deserves notice from fans of Rush, Dream Theater or Pink Floyd. Enchant are very technical in their playing and it really comes out on this CD. The songs are longer than on A Blueprint Of The World with all of them being over six minutes long. The composition is stunning. "Fade 2 Grey" is a great example, being a song about aging that will remind listeners of the Rush tune "Losing It" with the emotional content of the song. The playing and the singing are all stepped forward, showing how the band has grown. The CD as a whole has a more mature sound and a much more cohesive feel. The songs tie into one another well, examining issues common to everyone. For those times when you don't want to thrash and thunder and don't want to listen to the cookie cutter tripe that passes for music these days, Enchant offers a great alternative.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 07/2000

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Juggling Nine Or Dropping Ten

Enchant - Juggling Nine Or Dropping Ten ©2000 InsideOut Music
1. Paint The Picture
2. Rough Draft
3. What To Say
4. Bite My Tongue
5. Colors Fade
6. Juggling Knives
7. Black Eyes & Broken Glass
8. Elyse
9. Shell Of A Man
10. Broken Wave
11. Traces
12. Know That

Enchant's latest disc is simply outstanding. It is a breathtaking aural experience.

The opening notes of "Paint The Picture" will make most Rush fans eject the disc wondering how Hemispheres got into their player rather than a brand new Enchant disc. The first notes are so very reminiscent of "La Villa Strangiato" that it will make you do a double take.

From that point on, the disc sweeps you along with Enchant's own breed of progressive rock. Enchant manage to straddle the chasm between progressive rock and progressive metal very nicely. They dance on the borders of uninhibited ferocity while never actually sounding uninhibited or ferocious. The music is tight and delicate, ornately woven with the precision that is the hallmark of Enchant's other discs. The sound is that of Rush, only more so. It is also the sound of Genesis in their actual progressive days only again, more so. It is older Marillion but better. Any way you slice it, the sound if full, rich, and satisfying. This is not slash and burn music. It is for any fan of Rush longing for the days of yore when Rush's sound was not quite to flat and plastic. It is for any fan of Kansas during the late 70's or early 80's who (like me) wore out two or more copies of Leftoverture back when CDs were made of black vinyl.

Enchant are to be commended for boldly going where most fear to tread...back in time to bring an updated sound to the very best of the 70's progressive rock sound with a fresh feel. Enchant are one of the best cures for the malaise of modern pop music. Takes this CD, give it a few listens and you'll be better for it. It is so refreshing to hear music that has actual depth and is not instantly accessible and immediately forgotten.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 01/2001

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Blink Of An Eye

Enchant - Blink Of An Eye ©2002 InsideOut Music
1. Under Fire
2. Monday
3. Seeds Of Hate
4. Flat Line
5. Follow The Sun
6. Ultimate Gift
7. My Everafter
8. Invisible
9. Despicable

I always find it quite curious that most every band that is currently called "progressive metal" comes across as nothing more than dressed up AOR rock. Case in point: Enchant. With a name like Enchant, you know they're not out to raise the dead, hail Satan or bulldoze listeners with jackhammer riffs that are sure to loosen dental fillings. Rather, Enchant is a very polite band whom you could introduce to your mother. In fact, they'd probably tidy up her house and do the dishes for her because they seem like such nice gosh-darn boys.

Blink of an Eye is my first experience listening to Enchant and while I actually enjoy a good portion of this album, it truly does not fall into a category I'd label as "progressive". Every member of Enchant is highly talented and the musicianship on the album is top shelf. However, the songwriting reminds me a lot of adult rock radio where the songs are pleasant and very easy on the ears. Within the songs there are occasional busy arrangements and some nifty bass playing here and there, but songs like "Ultimate Gift" have riffs that wouldn't be terribly out of place on a Def Leppard record. What possibly disagrees with me the most about Blink of an Eye are the timid ballad type of songs in the middle of the album. The band simply comes across better with slightly more energetic numbers than the slower ones.

I'm quite certain Blink of an Eye will be a decent album for anyone who likes polished, professional sounding adult hard rock. Despite the dives into overbearing power ballad territory, I found this album relatively enjoyable. Enchant will never catapult themselves into the territory of bands that challenge me, but I can see their appeal to an older, more sedate crowd.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/2003

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Tug Of War

Enchant - Tug Of War ©2003 InsideOut Music
1. Sinking Sand
2. Tug Of War
3. Holding The Wind
4. Beautiful
5. Queen Of The Informed
6. Living In A Movie
7. Long Way Down
8. See No Evil
9. Progtology
10. Comatose

On Enchant's last album, Blink of an Eye, the band mixed a small dose of prog-rock tendencies with AOR radio overtones. Apparently the band decided that writing ear friendly, adult approved radio rock was by far the best approach for the future and has thus released an entire album's worth. Tug of War takes the lamest aspects of the band's previous release and fleshes it out into an overly long puddle of shallow songs designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. For some reason, I can't picture anyone under thirty being excited by this. Enchant's Tug of War is music for the person who has given up on life, accepted his or her role as a mid-level tool in the corporate behemoth and is essentially looking for bland ways to kill off the next three decades of existence until death. One certainly wouldn't want to challenge one's sensibilities with music, after all. While Enchant is still one of the more musically talented bands to play boring music, much of Tug of War exists in the purgatory of songs that are wishing they could be played on Clear Channel's tightly controlled playlists, but are far too polite to knock the doors down.

I suppose if you like your music timid yet melodic, meek yet well performed, Enchant's Tug of War is the CD just for you.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 09/2003

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