CD Reviews

Enchant - 'The Great Divide' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     November 24, 2014    
0.0 (0)
3273   2   1   0   0   0





Made up of eight splendid tracks.

It’s been too long since we last had a new Enchant album; eleven years passing between ‘Tug Of War’ and these new songs. Reading their artist page on their label website, it says the band is working on an album, expected for release in early 2013. Oops! Eighteen months later… Actually I believe part of the delay was attributable to vocalist Ted Leonard joining Spock’s Beard; however the pertinent question is whether the wait has been worth it. I am delighted to say that it’s an emphatic yes!

Made up of eight splendid tracks of which one, ‘Transparent Man’, is a candidate for my “Track Of The Year”; that’s saying something given the strength of the competition.

The band has remained true to the sound we have come to know and love (Melodic Prog Metal) and as such one can expect some staccato, choppy riffs, massive hooks, strong melodies, lovely keyboard accentuations, drumming that doesn’t just keep the beat and a slew of incredible choruses.

‘Circles’ features all of these ingredients and is a terrific opener; the soloing is incisive and far from gratuitous while the change of feel in the middle is inspired.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

‘Within An Inch’ is driven by a circular guitar motif but underneath the growling bass and keyboard wash is wonderful. Like all the tracks here, the chorus has stuck in my head and Bill Jenkins’ synth solo is rather special as is the switch to a quieter, piano led passage; these boys certainly know how to construct and arrange a track. The big finish has drummer Sean Flanegan playing like a man possessed.

The title track isn’t the most immediate of the songs on offer but repeated listens unlocks its delights. ‘All Mixed Up’ is both the heaviest (at its outset and on the chorus at any rate) and shortest of the tracks yet remains melodic, although the outro is a tad repetitive.

The aforementioned ‘Transparent...’ is six minutes of excellence. The vocal arrangement is superb with Leonard’s clean and treated styles answering each other. The chorus is simple but brilliant and the bridge is a delight; Doug Ott’s guitar soloing fits perfectly.

‘Life In A Shadow’ mixes easy going verses with a harder edged chorus very effectively while penultimate track, ‘Deserve To Feel’ has another of those choruses that is unforgettable and the bridge mixes things up nicely. The instrumental interplay at the end tops it all off splendidly. The album closes with ‘Here And Now’ with Ed Platt’s bass setting the scene. Leonard’s restrained vocal delivery on the verse shows his versatility with a hint of Elvis Costello.

Welcome back Enchant, let’s hope it’s not another eleven years.

Gary Marshall

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  February 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 3 weeks ago
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site