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BLINK OF AN EYE

Enchant

 

Heavy Prog

3.59 | 95 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars A promising mix of artistic hard rock pokes itself in the eyes after an excellent start, making Blink of an Eye a missed, but not totally wasted listen.

Enchant's compositions are generally quite good, earnestly performed and possessing an optimistic charm which makes some of them enjoyable. While superficially melodic art-rock, there is an air of the neo-prog genre throughout, due mostly to the prevalence of keyboard textures and guitar effects. The first three songs are great, with a nice heavy, artistic feel, cool hooks, and fine soloing. Successive songs spiral downward in quality and never recover, with the final third or so being mired in a syrupy-sweet mess of directionless ballads and ineffective faux-metal crunch. Not a catastrophy, but nothing to make more than a superficial impression on the listener. I feel like the band wants to go in a more serious direction but is making concessions for the sake of approachability.

The players are talented, and quite energetic during the instrumental and solo sections of the songs, though they unfortunetly fade into a secondary role when Leonard's vocals are on-- which is too bad. His voice has a high, clear, and whiney timbre which is overpowering in all of these songs. His inflection and energy will probably appeal to those easily enjoying melodic "happy" songs-- but I was left very cold. His range is poor, so the ears will take a shrill beating by this album's conclusion. This, combined with very self-aware lyrics made many of these songs feel philosophically bleeding heart and contrived.

I would of have easily given Blink of an Eye a three-star rating if it were an instrumental album, because the playing here has some real potential to entertain, as heard in the all instrumental bonus track "Prognosis"-- easily the best track on the album. I'd say it's about time for a "band meeting" to tender Leonard his resignation.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |

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