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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.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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