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3.41 | 107 ratings | 9 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

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

Total time: 63:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Ted Leonard / vocals
- Douglas Ott / guitars, keyboards (1,4,9), production & mixing
- Michael "Benignus" Geimer / keyboards
- Ed Platt / bass
- Paul Craddick / drums, keyboards (4)

- Phil Bennet / keyboards (1,9)

Releases information

Artwork: Rick Geimer with Gus Fjelstrom (logo)

CD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMCD 007 (1996, Germany)
CD Magna Carta ‎- MA-9020-2 (1997, US)

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ENCHANT Wounded ratings distribution

(107 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I really love ENCHANT's early stuff, the sound is so raw, not so polished. And the highlight of their music for me are the amazing vocals of Ted Leonard.

The record starts off with "Below Zero" a song about regret. There is this cool riff throughout and some great solos. "Fade 2 Grey" is a song about growing old, and it's great, with some terrific axe work and synths, and of course the vocals shine. "Pure" is slower paced with acoustic guitar and has a beautiful, emotional ending.

"Broken" features a wondrous guitar melody and passionate vocals, it seems like everyone is holding back on this one until Ted lets it rip and the lead guitarist does too with a rousing solo. "Hostile World" opens darkly and check out the bass playing ! Great drumming and scorching guitar equal a powerful ending. "Look Away" is about not changing for other people, instead telling them if they don't like what they see "look away". "Armour" is another good one. I love the low end sounding guitar. Some good keyboard passages and two guitar solos. "Distractions" is an ok tune, while "Missing" gets heavy at times.

Overall an excellent release that I can highly recommend.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars ''A blueprint of the world'' was good enough to offer Enchant their first European tour, shortly after the album was released.The Americans were considered one of the biggest hopes in the emerging world of Progressive Rock and Magna Carta acted accordingly, working on a re-edition of the band's debut in 1995.Next followed the sophomore effort of Enchant, ''Wounded'', which was originally released in 1996 on InsideOut for the European market and in 1997 on Magna Carta for the US one.

Sounds and sights of Enchant's instrumental motiffs become even more clear with the second album.Their main influence appear to be RUSH and their Power Rock approach, which passes through the intense, expressive lyricism of QUEENSRYCHE, when the vocals or smoother guitar parts come in the forefront, but also flirts with the atmospheric sound of MARILLION during the melodic guitar solos or the sporadic, more pronounced deep keyboard lines.They did perform in a pretty personal style, which was led by the hard-hitting guitars, the bombastic rhythms, the tendency towards some slightly orchestral still quirky keyboard flashes and the high-pitch voice of Ted Leonard.''Wounded'' somehow is missing some of the debut's freshness, a few tracks sound pretty similar or this work lacks a pair of killer pieces, like ''The thirst'' or ''Oasis'' from the previous album.Yet, it's unlikely the listener not to enjoy this work.Enchant play music with sheer passion, energy and dynamics, keeping one foot in the RUSH principles, while the other walks on the contemporary ground of 90's music.Moreover, with each release the band is pretty hard not to be recognized from the very first notes, Douglas Ott's lovely moves between melodic and harder guitars and the grandiose, background synthesizers are trademarks of Enchant's upcoming empire.

The journey of Enchant into the prog realms continues with ''Wounded''.Not as good as the band's impressive debut, but this one is a nice example of powerful Prog Rock with a fine balance between melody and energy.Recommended.

Review by progrules
4 stars It's high time to give a review on this album because I noticed this album is seriously underrated. I mean if there are 9 songs on the album and 6 of them are really very good, it's wrong that this album has an average of 3,3. It's a shame really. On the other hand I do agree that this isn't a masterpiece. Enchant has done better in their history although this is a very good album. I'll give a rating for each song and short description because there is quality difference between the songs.

1. Below Zero: nice heavy track. Good opener. 4 stars

2. Fade to grey. This one is even better, with a very good guitar solo (Ott's great). Great track. 4,5 stars.

3. Pure. A fantastic ballad, probably the most beautiful song Enchant has ever produced (together with Comatose). 5 stars.

4. Broken. This is somewhat less. A slower song without much impact (at least on me). 2,75 stars.

5. Hostile world. A great track again, in quality equal to Below Zero, so 4 stars.

6. Look away. Another beautiful song, but somewhat more powerful than Pure. 4,5 stars.

7. Armour. Good track, a little less than 1. and 5. 3,75 stars.

8. Distractions. One of the less impressive. 3 stars.

9. Missing. Same actually. 3 stars.

So it's a clear case that this is better than 3,3 average. I come to an average of well 3,8. And I wanted to give this one 4 stars in the first place. So that's about right. don't you think ? Recommended to lovers of melodic heavy prog.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Wounded is Enchantīs second album. It was released at the hight of the success of progressive metal in the nineties and received lots of praise at the time. Allthough Wounded was released in 1996 only a year after Enchantīs debut album A Blueprint of the World there had actually been a long time between the recording sessions. A Blueprint of the World was recorded some time before it was released an writing for Wounded had already started when A Blueprint of the World was released. The time between the recordings of the two albums were used to develop the sound that Enchant had already started on A Blueprint of the World. Wounded seems like a much more mature album than A Blueprint of the World even though there were still some way to go before they would reach the sound they are most known for today.

The music is closer to the less complex style that Enchant began on the next studio album Break, but especially the drums sound like the complex rythmical style from the debut. In that sense I have always regarded Wounded as Enchantīs most progressive effort. The music is still very melodic with Ted Leonardīs beautiful voice in the center accompanied by Douglas A Ottīs guitar lines and the keyboard parts from Mike Benignus Geimer. There is less neo progressive influence on the keyboard sound than on the debut but itīs still there. The guitar playing is still very melodic but itīs toned down a bit compared to the elaborate leads on A Blueprint of the World. All songs on Wounded are good, allthough there arenīt really any songs that stick out maybe except for the opener Below Zero which is an excellent track. The rest of the songs have much the same sound and I do think the album gets a bit trivial towards the end. The music isnīt very complex ( Except for the drums which play some pretty exciting things) and the style is soft progressive metal.

The musicianship is really good and Ted Leonard is a great singer IMO. I know progressive metal singers with their high pitched singing style is an aquired taste, but I think Ted Leonard is a very accomplished singer. He would get much better in time though and expand his sound so that it got more diverse. On Wounded he sings with the same high pitched voice all the way through the album and it gets a bit annoying sometimes especially in some of the songs when he pushes his voice beyond itīs abilities. Some of the vocal lines on this album isnīt constructed for Tedīs voice and itīs a real shame because sometimes it sounds like he doesnīt quite hit the note.

The production is more professional sounding than on A Blueprint of the World, but it still isnīt to my taste.

Wounded is a good progressive metal album despite all my bickering. Itīs not excellent or essential by any means and Enchant has done much better on later releases, but I still think Wounded deserves a 3 star rating. People into softer progressive metal that is pretty technical but not too complex should be able to get something out of Wounded.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Fade 2 Grey

A year after their debut, Enchant released their second album entitled Wounded. While the sound is better than on the debut, the material is overall much weaker with only a couple of the album's tracks being up to par with the A Blueprint Of The World songs. Like on most of Enchant's albums, the best songs come at the beginning with the absolute highlight being the opener Below Zero which features amazing guitar work. After the three first tracks, all of which are very good, the album begins to "fade to grey" somewhat with some of the songs during the second half tending to feel like just more of the same.

Wounded shows a somewhat narrower set of influences compared with the band's debut with the dominant influence being early Dream Theater. Even though there are still flavours of Rush and Marillion, this is more of a progressive Metal album than anything else. The musicianship is very strong throughout and vocalist Ted Leonard still bears an uncanny resemblance to Kansas' Steve Walsh.

Despite some weaker tracks during the second half of the album, Wounded is one of Enchant's better albums and it is overall a worthwhile addition to any collection that already holds their best album - A Blueprint Of The World.

Review by The Crow
3 stars Second album from the heavy prog band Enchant!

Driven by the excellent Ted Leonard's vocals and the very good guitars of Douglas Ott, the band managed to make an album which has more personality and genuine ideas than their debut. But sadly, the quality of the songs is not so high in general terms and sometimes the band sounds too similar to other acts like Dream Theater.

Nevertheless, the biggest problem I find with Wounded is that all the tracks sound very similar. Sometimes is hard to discern which track are we hearing, because the vocals sounds the same, guitars too, keys too and the production is identical. That fact makes this album difficult to enjoy in its integrity and in successive playing.

Conclusion: despite its repetitiveness, derivative ideas and some lackluster songs, Wounded is a good album, which will surely delight heavy prog fans thanks mainly to the great vocals and good instrumental work.

Best Tracks: Below Zero (impressive vocals), Pure (a fine mid-tempo) and Look Away (great chorus and beautiful vocal melodies)

My rating: ***

Latest members reviews

2 stars Enchant's debut, 'A Blueprint of the World', caused a bit of a stir in the prog world when it was released back in 1993. With a combination of good songwriting and solid musicianship, catchy hooks and a sound that would appeal to fans of old progressive rock or the rising progressive metal scene ... (read more)

Report this review (#1777776) | Posted by martindavey87 | Saturday, September 2, 2017 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is one of my favorite albums they did (time lost is probably my favorite). They are, of course heavily influenced by dream theater, and they pull it off quite well (not like the usual slew of bands that try it but miss). Clean music with great guitars and nice little twists. This is a must ... (read more)

Report this review (#1892) | Posted by the_3d_man | Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Sometimes the second record turns the band into superstars, but in this case, a better record with more "colors and textures" ground them into oblivion because of lack of support of the label. Now... the compositions in here turns into more matture environment, and Paul Craddick turn himself into th ... (read more)

Report this review (#1890) | Posted by | Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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