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Enchant - 2003 Tug Of War

ARTIST: Enchant
ALBUM: Tug Of War
LABEL: Inside Out
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Ted Leonard - vocals * Douglas A. Ott - guitars * Ed Platt - bass * Sean Flanegan - drums * Bill Jenkins - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sinking Sand * 02 Tug Of War * 03 Holding The Wind * 04 Beautiful * 05 Queen Of The Informed * 06 Living In A Movie * 07 Long Way Down * 08 See No Evil * 09 Progtology * 10 Comatose


Enchant are a band that have intrigued me on and off since their debut album back in the early nineties. Being a huge Rush fan way back when, I found The San Francisco based Enchant offered more than a hint of similarity. Since that time however, Enchant have released a brace of albums, and have certainly kept busy, and maintained a profile. Their 2003 release for the Inside Out label a just reward. These days when we talk progressive rock, everyone is quick to jump on the Dream Theater or Spocks Beard bandwagon, and therefore by default, other bands get compared as a result. Enchant are neither, and quite rightly have forged a path on their own. Sure, the Rush influence is still there, but it's a lighter style, toss in some World Trade progressive passages, and you're about there. Vocalist Ted Leonard has a great voice, his Tommy Shaw/Billy Sherwood style giving the overall Enchant sound commercial credibility. The album is not as bombastic as one would assume with a progressive band, the lean sound more akin to Rush's 90's releases a la 'Counterparts' and 'Test For Echo'.

The Songs
With a band of this calibre, you are going to get songs which matches the persona. Intelligence, thoughtfulness, musical dexterity, time-changes which reflect the confidence of the musicianship.. it's all here. Whether it's the gentle surge of 'Holding The Wind' or the near Styx-ian approach of 'Beautiful', you then get the contrast with the urgency of the title track 'Tug Of War' for instance. Just to remind that they are in fact a progressive rock band, the instrumental 'Progtology' is a subtle hint as to their origins. Mostly though, the songs meander along a creative course, which would appeal to the technical or geeks among you. Occasionally you will hear a flurry of guitar solos, but you'll have to dig deep into the songs to hear them.

In Summary
All said and done, Enchant continue to make their presence known in a genre thats becoming increasingly marginalized. Being the technicians that they are, it would sorta be neat to see how far they can step outside the boundaries that they've so carefully constructed for themselves. Take the band Threshold for example.. now that is progressive.. I would love to see Enchant follow a similar path..

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 29 2011 20:53:49
I bought an Enchant-album together with Tiles and a few Magellan-albums but they all went over my head.Back then I had not heard all Rush and Styx released up to that point.Maybe I could appreciate this more when I first heard all Rush I hope so.Naturally when I needed everything to sound Saga I did not get it.Acts like Enchant and Tiles has some nice Hugh Syme-covers.
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