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Live at NEARfest, 2002

Review by Stephen Ellis

When Enchant was first announced as part of the NEARfest list of bands I was very excited, as I have been following them by their CD's since they first came out on Magna Carta.

These guys are tight. It was very clear that they played together well and that each member was extremely proficient on their instruments. So why did they just not rock me as I had expected? Maybe it was the Rock Star attitude of Doug Ott on lead guitar, which left me cold. Or the all too often repeated guitar licks, which could have been cut and pasted from the previous song or songs. Don't get me wrong, I liked them, but I did not love them like I had expected. In fact, prior to NEARfest I had been listening to Enchant's entire catalogue. I found myself getting about three-quarters of the way through each CD and then turning them off. It sounded just too much the same old thing.

Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson
So, live I had expected them to pull it all off better, but I was wrong. It was not a bad performance, but not a really a good one either. To me they were the weakest band of the weekend. I'm still planning on purchasing their new CD but I'd not fly across the US to just see them.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2002 Year Book Volume 3 at

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