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Enchant - A Blueprint Of The World CD (album) cover

A BLUEPRINT OF THE WORLD

Enchant

 

Heavy Prog

3.81 | 157 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Enchanting!

Released in 1995, Enchant's debut album already showed a mature band. In fact, the band never managed to match this album at any later point in their career. A Blueprint Of The World features their strongest set of songs ever with most the ten tracks being of a very high standard. The strong lead vocals of Ted Leonard remind strongly of Kansas' Steve Walsh and occasionally also a bit of Journey's Steve Perry. The rest of the band are excellent as well and the only weak aspect is the drum sound. However, this doesn't affect the general impression of an otherwise great record.

Steve Rothery of Marillion appears as a guest on a couple of tracks and he also acts as producer. Rothery also guested on Arena's debut album in the same year, and Enchant can perhaps be said to be the American counterpart of Arena. Marillion is an influence on Enchant, as is Rush and early Dream Theater. The style is somewhere between Neo-Prog and Heavy Prog/Progressive Metal. Also in that same year of 1995, the band participated in the creation of several tribute albums released by the Magna Carta label - including two that celebrate the music of Yes and Genesis respectively, to which Enchant contributed their versions of Yes' Changes and Genesis' Man Of Our Times. I'm mentioning this because is might give you some further idea about the band's inspirations.

Overall, a great album. Highly recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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