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BREAK

Enchant

 

Heavy Prog

3.56 | 95 ratings

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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.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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