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BLINK OF AN EYE

Enchant

 

Heavy Prog

3.58 | 101 ratings

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Menswear
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4 stars Another quality product by Enchant.

15 years ago, Rush started to lose most of his perk and creativity. The art rock king bowed his head after Counterparts, leaving now a great amount of space for the formula they created in the 90's: a blend of brain/ brawl rock and great tecnics. I was happily surprised when hearing Blink an Eye, boy does it feels like Rush!

Well, it's not carbon copy Rush. First, the drumming cannot be compared to Neil's extraordinaire performances. Second, the keyboard work is somewhat different, Enchant will have many keyboard solos throughout the album and Rush hasn't. Tertio, the vocal departement could please a larger public with Enchant. Leonard doesn't even ressembles a tad to Geddy Lee, but he gives impressive vocal liftups in many occasions.

On the other side, the song structures is closer to what Rush did in albums like Power Windows or Hold You Fire. This is the first album with a keyboard player as a real member of the band, and it's showing. The keyboards are more present, but also less 'Rushable'. It's a real keys solo now, not just the traditional beep and bleep. The guitar solos and accompaniment are probably the most recognizable sound in the whole plot. Many times I thought hearing a Lifeson riff here and there. The bass lines are complicated and thickens the sound real good too, the phantom of Lee or Squire is clearly heard.

With all those influences about the canadian trio, is Enchant strong enough to stand up on it's own legs? Of course, proof: I wouldn't be ashamed to play this in front of straight FM rockers and it would satisfy the hunger for heavy riffs and modern keyboard lovers. The influences will probably ring to you ears if you're (very) familiar with Rush. For others, you'll probably think you've ecountered the best record of the year.

I feel attached to Enchant for the same reasons that I did for Rush: good humor, sky high skills and tune that sticks in your head for dayz.

Vote for Enchant as underdogs of the 2K.

Menswear | 4/5 |

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