Enchant - Wounded

Year of Release: 1997
Label: Magna Carta
Catalog Number: MA 9020
Format: CD
Total Time: 62:07:00

Whereas their previous release didn't make me think about Dream Theater all that much, from the opening notes Enchant's Wounded does. At least, the softer side of Dream Theater. But that isn't a criticism in any way, because they keep just this side of clones.

Wounded is a fitting title for this collection of disenchanted, depressing tales of death, aging, pessimism, fear, and so forth, in that order. There is a certain gravity here, an earnestness in purpose and an overwhelming sense of doom, at least lyrically. Ted Leonard's vocal style, like James LaBrie and many others working in the hard prog (or metal prog) realm, dips and soars with feeling.

The instrumentation is lively enough and energetic, but there is a sense of sameness from track to track. Maybe the expectation with the subject matter is a more in-your-face attack a la Metallica. Enchant don't quite reach that point and that acts against the subject matter - the arrangements all have soft edges, and almost romantic feel to them.

This is especially evident on "Look Away," which features a nice harmony in its chorus, and differentiates itself from the rest of the disk.

The truth is, Enchant's Wounded is a good release, listenable, but, on the whole, unremarkable. I do like it, but there are "buts." For those who find Shadow Gallery too saccharine, and Dream Theater too theatric and too metal, Enchant may just be up your alley.

Below Zero (6:07) / Fade 2 Grey (8:10) / Pure (7:17) / Broken (7:44) / Hostile World (6:29) / Look Away (6:40) / Armour (6:57) / Distractions (7:27) / Missing (6:36)

Paul Craddick - drums, additional keyboards (4)
Ed Platt - bass
Ted Leonard - vocals
Douglas A Ott - guitars, keyboards (1, 4, 9)
Mike 'Benignus' Geimer - keyboards
Phil Bennet - keyboards (1, 9)

A Blueprint of the World (1995)
Wounded (1997)
Time Lost (1997)
Break (1998)
Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10 (2000)
Blink Of An Eye (2002)
Tug Of War (2003)
Live At Last (2004)
The Great Divide (2014)
Live At Last (2004) (DVD)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: August 11th 1998
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Artist website: www.enchantband.com
Hits: 1775
Language: english


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