Released: 2002, InsideOut
I really want to like BLINK OF AN EYE, and I guess I do to some degree. It’s just that I find it a little disappointing considering the hope I had for this band after hearing their work on BLUEPRINT FOR THE WORLD and BREAK, both strong prog hard rock/metal albums. Let me provide some context for the uninitiated…
For those unfamiliar with the band, Enchant hail from San Francisco and have released six albums, including this one. Over the years their sound has evolved, but they have always been firmly planted in progressive soil. The band’s core is singer Ted Leonard and guitarist Douglas Ott. Leonard has a great voice and Ott writes some great, sometimes poignant, lyrics to go along with his finely honed skills on the guitar. As a point of reference, they seem to be cut from the same cloth as bands like Marillion and Spock’s Beard, but with a slightly harder edge.
With BLINK, it would appear that, following the trend begun with JUGGLING NINE OR DROPPING TEN, Enchant has decided to leave almost all traces of metal behind in the pursuit to achieve a more polished sound. Polish isn’t always a bad thing, but it is when the polish wears the soul away from the music. Some of the soul of Enchant’s earlier work is missing here, and that’s what disappoints. Regardless, BLINK is a decent album that music fans in general may find enjoyment in, but that metalheads will likely find a bit too soft.
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