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At the time of writing, ENCHANT have spent more than 25 years in the progressive rock scene, with an 11-year hiatus in studio album discography between 2003 and 2014. It all started in 1989 when the band was known as MAE DAE and an initial line-up of Doug OTT (guitars), Ed PLATT (bass), Ted LEONARD (vocals), Mike "Benignus" GEIMER (keyboards) and Paul CRADDICK (drums, keyboards). Steve ROTHERY (MARILLION) participated in, and helped with the production of, their debut ''A Blueprint of the World'' in 1993 and they went on to release another four albums with the original line-up (Wounded, 1996, Time Lost, 1997 and Break, 1998, and Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10, 2000). During that time they would tour with DREAM THEATER, SPOCK'S BEARD and MARILLION. After ''Juggling 9 or Dropping 10'' both GEIMER and CRADDICK would leave the band.

''Blink of an Eye'' comes in 2002 with Sean FLANEGAN on drums and their next release, ''Tug of War'' will also see the addition of Bill JENKINS on keyboards, followed by the release of their first live album ''Live at Last'' in 2004. After a long hiatus, ENCHANT would return to discography with ''The Great Divide'' in 2014.

ENCHANT are renowned for their catchy melodies, driven by Ted LEONARD's excellent vocals. The build-up of their compositions brings to mind acts such as RUSH, DREAM THEATER and KANSAS among others, but in their long career they have clearly developed their own sound.

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3.82 | 147 ratings
A Blueprint Of The World
1995
3.54 | 85 ratings
Wounded
1996
3.78 | 103 ratings
Time Lost
1997
3.56 | 91 ratings
Break
1998
3.69 | 141 ratings
Juggling 9 or Dropping 10
2000
3.63 | 111 ratings
Blink Of An Eye
2002
3.80 | 131 ratings
Tug Of War
2003
3.47 | 103 ratings
The Great Divide
2014

ENCHANT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.02 | 32 ratings
Live At Last
2004

ENCHANT Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.38 | 27 ratings
Live at Last
2005

ENCHANT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 17 ratings
A Blueprint Of The World (2CD Special Edition)
2002
4.40 | 5 ratings
Wounded & Time Lost
2002

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 The Great Divide by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.47 | 103 ratings

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The Great Divide
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Full circle

11 years after their previous studio album, Enchant returned in 2014 with The Great Divide. It seems that the band's fans are somewhat "divided" over this album, but personally I think it is easily their best since the 1990's and much superior to their previous three studio records (which I didn't like much). Indeed, I think this album even rivals Break and I would rank it just below Wounded. Like the latter 1996 album, for example, The Great Divide also has its best three songs right at the beginning with Circles, Within An Inch, and the title track all being very strong compositions. The keyboard sound often reminds me of Dream Theater's classic Images And Words. After these first three tracks, however, the album seems to lose some of its initial magic and quickly settles into the band's comfort zone of melodic, mildly progressive Rock.

The musicianship it top notch throughout and the production values are high, but the inspiration falters on a few of the tracks. The album's low points are Transparent Man and Life In A Shadow which feature choruses that are just to middle-of-the-road for my tastes. The album's final two tracks are again better but not up to par with the opening triad.

Despite that the album's best songs come at the beginning and that it holds some weaker songs in the middle, I still think the decade long hiatus seems to have done the band a great deal of good. In the meantime, vocalist Ted Leonard and keyboarder Bill Jenkins contributed to the amazing band Thought Chamber whose 2013 album Psykerion is absolutely magnificent. Leonard also sang with Transatlantic and Spock's Beard. What the rest of the Enchant members have been up to I couldn't say.

The Great Divide is a good Enchant album, but certainly not essential. I hope that another live album is forthcoming from Enchant as I would love to hear some of these songs performed live.

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 Live At Last by ENCHANT album cover Live, 2004
3.02 | 32 ratings

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Live At Last
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Blindsided

Live At Last exists in a double CD and as well as a DVD version and is the one and only live release so far from Enchant. The massive set list features songs from all of the band's studio albums up to the point of this two and a half hour performance. As they announce to the audience between two of the songs, they perform "a third of everything we've recorded"! Despite many great moments, this is a lot to digest in one sitting, and in my view it is a bit too much.

They open with Mae Dae/At Death's Door from their excellent 1995 debut album A Blueprint Of The World - a perfect way to begin the show! A further three songs from this album appear at various points in the set, all of them great as well. From the band's second album Wounded from 1996 comes two strong numbers, and another two are picked from 1997's Time Lost. The songs taken from these early albums are, in my opinion, by far the best ones included on this live album. But this is far less than half of what we get here.

The two songs performed from Break (1998) are both good as well, but the nine songs in total from Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10 (2000) and Blink Of And Eye (2002) are of varying quality. I personally don't like the latter two albums, and I honestly find some of these songs quite lame. Exceptions include the respective opening tracks from these albums (Paint The Picture and Under Fire), which are acceptable, as well as the acoustic versions of Black Eyes & Broken Glass and Colors Fade, which at least are improvements over their studio counterparts. Songs like Broken Wave, Monday, What To Say, and Follow The Sun, on the other hand, are utterly pedestrian and bring the value of the live recording down a bit.

Finally, from their most recent album at the time of the performance - 2003's Tug Of War - comes three selections, which are quite good (though still not up to the high standards of the songs from the band's three first albums). One of these is an instrumental that, despite the cheesy title Progtology, works wonders to bring a little bit of much needed variety to the set. They obviously have great talent on their respective instruments.

In sum, though Live At Last contains great performances of some of Enchant's best songs, it sadly also includes a fair number of lesser songs, and with such a long running time they fail to keep this listener enchanted throughout. The impact of the music would surely had been greater if they had concentrated their efforts to, say, one and a half hours of high quality material. That would probably have earned Live At Last an extra star, but as it stands it is definitely a good live record.

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 Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.69 | 141 ratings

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Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars Traces

Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10 is Enchant's fifth studio album (or their fourth if you choose not to count Time Lost). Some fans obviously hold this album in high esteem, but I respectfully disagree. For me, this album was a major step in the entirely wrong direction for the band and the end result is disappointing. Already on the previous Break they had toned down both the (Neo-)progressive elements and the Metal edge of their earlier album in favour of a melodic form of heavy Rock. They took this development to its logical extreme on this album by streamlining their approach further and focusing even more on catchy choruses. To top it all off they also opted for an overly polished production. This created a very commercial feel not present on their previous releases. Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10 was actually the first album I heard from Enchant many years ago and I didn't like what I heard then which sadly led to me not investigate the band further until much later. Hearing this album again now, I still do not like it.

The album starts out well enough with Paint The Picture. Despite having a catchy chorus and being somewhat repetitive towards the end this is actually a good song. Rough Draft follows and until the chorus comes in this is also a good one, but once the chorus hits it falls flat. The worst is yet to come, however. What To Say? is an unbearably straightforward Rock song, a real Rock radio staple. The following two songs are similarly predictable and the "aaa-oh-oh" backing vocals on Color Fade are positively cringe worthy! The funky Juggling Knives is acceptable and even features a decent keyboard solo, but the chorus is still utterly commercially oriented. The same can be said of Black Eyes & Broken Glass which starts out well enough like a 'round-the-camp-fire acoustic number but leads up to an utterly pedestrian Rock chorus.

In terms of style, the few last remaining songs of the album are better but the material is weak and forgettable and at this point nothing could save the album from being an utter failure in my eyes. You have to look very hard to find anything progressive on this album, there are at best only traces of Enchant's former self here.

Not my cup of tea.

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 Break by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.56 | 91 ratings

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Break
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars A break with what came before

Enchant started out with a style somewhere between Neo-Prog and Progressive Metal, a path that they followed on their first three releases (1995's A Blueprint Of The World, 1996's Wounded, and 1997's Time Lost). This fourth effort by the band breaks with that style and fits better the category in which the band have been counted here at Progarchives. Yet, to be honest, the progressive elements are less apparent. "Heavy melodic Rock" would not be far off as a description. They no longer sound like Dream Theater, but more like 90's Rush and a bit like 90's Fates Warning. Keyboards are much less prominent in the sound here and guitars are dominant. There is less focus on instrumental breaks and more focus on vocals and riffs.

I find this album listenable, even likeable for the large part. But it is hardly impressive. It is better than some of the band's future releases, but it does not compare favourably with what came before. Another problem with this album is that the songs are rather similar to each other in tone and style and towards the end of the album it begins to feel rather samey.

Break is a worthy addition to a collection that already holds Enchant's first three albums, but it is far from essential.

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 Time Lost by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.78 | 103 ratings

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Time Lost
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Progressive mettle, man!

There is a debate about whether Time Lost should be considered a proper original studio album by Enchant or instead a compilation featuring improved versions of older demos. Regardless of which, Time Lost contains some of Enchant's best ever material and also some of their most progressive. Indeed, this is the album that is closest in style to the band's excellent 1995 debut A Blueprint Of The World - and this one is very nearly as good! Insofar as it is true that some of these songs were discarded from the band's second release - 1996's Wounded - it is very odd as most of these songs are much better than most of those found on Wounded.

Time Lost features seven tracks, most of which are fairly long with the 80's Rush-like Interact exceeding the ten minute mark. Picking out highlights this time is hard since all of the songs are equally powerful. The musicianship is very strong throughout and the sound quality is up to par with that of A Blueprint Of The World, though less good compared to Wounded.

I'm not alone in praising Time Lost - many fans seem to have a soft spot for this album. If you are new to Enchant you would do best by starting at the beginning with A Blueprint Of The World. If you like that album, Time Lost is an excellent companion and a great set of songs in its own right.

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 Wounded by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.54 | 85 ratings

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Wounded
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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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.

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 A Blueprint Of The World by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.82 | 147 ratings

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A Blueprint Of The World
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by 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!

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 The Great Divide by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.47 | 103 ratings

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The Great Divide
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by fredblue

3 stars I think Evolver hit the nail on the head..." once it is finished, nothing stays with me. "

It is a good album, but it doesn't command my attention like some of their earlier albums. I loved their first 5 recordings the best. After that, the melodies, arrangements and production all seem to meld into a heavy 'sameness' without the distinguishing 'holy crap....that's great!!' moments that permeated their earlier releases. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy all of their albums. And their last three all have some great moments that I relish (which go into my iTunes playlist of "Enchant Favorites"). But after such a long hiatus, I had hoped for more memorable tunes with the great melodies/hooks that they're capable of on this latest one.

I'll be the first to admit that I miss Paul Craddock's inventive drumming. And at times, I think their lyrics could use some assistance. For example: Circles (Like a dog chasing his tail - Like a snake eating itself - Like a rat stuck in a cage)....after the third "Like a", I was thinking "ok, guys....we get it".

To quote Evolver one more time (perhaps I should just re-post his review), "I like it, I just don't love it".

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 Live At Last by ENCHANT album cover Live, 2004
3.02 | 32 ratings

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Live At Last
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Live At Last" is a live album release by US progressive rock/metal act Enchant. The album was released through InsideOut Music in October 2004. The album was recorded at I- Musicast in Oakland, CA, on March 13, 2004. The full show was also filmed and released as a DVD.

"Live At Last" is a 2 disc release featuring 23 tracks and a playing time around 2 and half hours. At this point Enchant had released six full-length studio albums and the compilation album "Time Lost (1997)". All albums including "Time Lost (1997)" are represented on "Live At Last" with at least one track. You can always argue if the right tracks have been included, but overall there is a good flow on the album, which is further enhanced by lead vocalist Ted Leonard's enthusiastic performance and great interaction with the audience. That man is a true professional and a great performer. In the same sentence I'd like to compliment guitarist Douglas Ott for his harmony vocals. They are spot on.

The rest of the guys are well playing too and since "Live At Last" also feature a professional and clear sound production, this is overall a great listening experience. At times the music does lack a bit of power though. Maybe it's because the guitars lack a bit of punch or maybe some of the overdubs from the studio releases are missing and as a consequence the soundscape is slightly less intricate. This is not a critical issue by any means though and I'm fully able to enjoy "Live At Last" without thinking too much about the occasional powerless moment. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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 The Great Divide by ENCHANT album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.47 | 103 ratings

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The Great Divide
Enchant Heavy Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Formed back in the mid Nineties, American prog band Enchant have come to be associated with heavy and complex arrangements mixed with soaring vocals and strong melodies. Fronted by the charismatic Ted Leonard, the band delivered seven studio albums and 2004's live set `Live at Last' before essentially going on hiatus, finally emerging in 2014 after ten years. This comeback album `The Great Divide' makes it seem like the band were never away at all, and in some ways it picks up exactly where they left off with just a little more sophistication and restraint, and it just may be the most enjoyable and consistent Enchant album to date.

One thing instantly noticeable in this latest outing is a more relaxed vocal from Ted. During their break, the singer became the new frontman for fellow American prog rockers Spock's Beard, replacing the departing Nick D'Virgilio. Ted's debut for that band `Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep' was well received by their fans, in some ways considered a real return to form for them. It was surprising to discover on that one that Ted had toned down his usual exhausting, sometimes overwrought drawn out singing style from the early Enchant albums. He's now learnt a great deal more subtlety without cutting back on his powerful range, making him a far better singer overall, and he thankfully employs that same style here.

Right from the melodic opener `Circles', it seems like the connection with Spock's Beard has also musically overall been a bit of an influence on Enchant this time around, and anyone looking into this band for the first time coming from the last Beard album should feel right at home here. A gutsy guitar driven rock sound with sleek synths and strong vocal hooks is the template here, with the band stripping back many of their earlier heavier elements and even introducing a few vintage influences here and there as well. `Within an Inch' is an early highlight with a frantic chorus that jumps up in tempo, but especially striking is a lovely reflective middle with gentle jazzy drumming, placid thoughtful piano and a soul-seeking lyric that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Neal Morse album. The title track `The Great Divide' will be adored by Yes fans due to Ed Platt's nimble and blistering ripping Chris Squire-esque bass and Bill Jenkin's bombastic Wakeman-like synth stabs, and although the main tune is a little unengaging, the lyrics are very interesting and the chorus has slick harmony vocals. `All Mixed Up' jumps between plodding heavy grunt and subtle slinking grooves with a crooning vocal from Ted, who even pulls off some effective lady-killer swooning falsetto!

Guitarist Douglas Ott lets rip with endless shining soloing moments on the poppier and almost radio-friendly `Transparent Man', and with nice call and response shared vocals and a catchy chorus, it makes you wish all commercial radio music sounded as good as this! Same goes for the nice mix of acoustic and electric guitars and smooth intricate vocal harmonies of `Life in a Shadow', and I definitely relate to the biting chorus lyric. `Deserve to Feel' is one of the longer heavier tracks with plenty of fiery instrumental soloing back and forth between the musicians, actually not far off Dream Theater but definitely a bit more fun and playful, and the chorus is upbeat and warm. `Here and Now' is a welcome darker, more melancholic track with a very confronting lyric and sombre mood, and it finishes up the vocal pieces in a classy manner.

But Enchant decide to close the album with the amusingly titled instrumental `Prognosticator', which turns out to be an all-out total prog orgasm! So many manic tempo changes and aggressive whirling energy, there's everything from manic ELP-bombastic swirling organ assaults, dominating heavy guitar riffs and dirty grooves, slithering bass, Sean Flanegan's furious drum attacks, and even jangling Porcupine Tree-like acoustic guitar chimes. It holds together impossibly tightly, is another reminder that the band actually have a sense of humour, and it brings delicious vintage prog excess and modern power together in perfect unity! What a thrilling way to finish a great album!

Enchant show a great deal of maturity and musical sophistication on `The Great Divide', and not only do they deliver exciting and varied instrumental displays with emotional vocals from a singer who's never sounded better, they've also written some very relatable lyrics that lift the material even higher. It's appreciated to hear a prog album more grounded in reality, a world away from fantastical concepts and surreal imagery! If you like hard rocking progressive-related music that prizes strong lyrical and vocal elements just as highly as tricky instrumental displays, or perhaps you're a newcomer to the band due to the connection with Spock's Beard, there's so much to enjoy here. If you do decide to look into the album, be sure to go for the lavish double gatefold vinyl edition from Insideout Music!

It's good to have Enchant back, and even more satisfying that they're sounding better than ever!

Four stars.

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