Released: 2008, Pure Steel Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The German Pure Steel Records releases pure old school metal. Enchanter, this band from New England, USA, is one of those bands that have made an attraction to the label owner with their Cirith Ungol, Manilla Road, Brocas Helm influenced back-to-the-roots metal. SYMBOLS IN STONE, which is Enchanter´s self-released debut album, has now finally been re-released as a remaster together with the band´s new album, SECRETS VOL. 1, on one CD. This is definitely a good move from the label as SYMBOLS IN STONE has been sold-out quite a long time already, and kinda hard to find from anywhere.
As said, Enchanter pays lotsa homage to pure old school heavy metal/rock sounds, which at least warms me up quite a bit - being a fan of their abovementioned band influences. The music comes out as a very easy listen, and therefore it´s simply very easy also just to enjoy these records; the old school vibe that has been so well captured in both of them. The songs overall sound late 70´s/early 80´s influenced (we talk about the ´old school´ sound here - remember?), it´s thoroughly well-presented and whenever such songs like "The Limit", "Atlantis", "Dark River" or "Norse Trilogy" hit me, it´s kinda impossible to avoid becoming a teeny-weeny nostalgic in the name of the old times. Enchanter´s debut, SYMBOLS IN STONE, is a more mean, obscure and heavier sounding effort than SECRETS VOL. 1 (which was recorded in 2002, but remained unreleased ´til Pure Steel Records stepped into the picture and decided to put it out together with SYMBOLS...), and that´s why I also find it more appealing to my musical likings than their 2nd album.
Enchanter may not be the final musical definition for the word ´old school´, but I guess no band can make an exact definition for that style. However, whatever is about to come to your mind when mentioning the word ´old school´, Enchanter have at least left a noteworthy challenge by their albums to get that terminology fitted into their leather boots. Good stuff.