Enchant (band)

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Enchant
Enchant - ROSFest - May 3, 2015.jpg
Enchant - Headlining ROSFest in 2015
Background information
OriginSan Francisco, United States
GenresProgressive metal, neo-progressive rock, progressive rock, symphonic rock
Years active1989–present
LabelsInsideOut
Associated actsThought Chamber, Xen, The Wishing Tree, Spocks Beard
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersDoug Ott
Ed Platt
Ted Leonard
Sean Flanegan
Bill Jenkins
Past membersPaul Craddick
Michael "Benignus" Geimer
Phil Bennett
Brian Cline

Enchant is an American neo-progressive rock band, formed in 1989. Their music is characterized by ambitious lyrics and melodies along with harmonic experimentation.

History[edit]

Enchant's origins reach back to the end of the 1980s when the band was known as Mae Dae. In 1993 they went into the studio to record "A Blueprint of the World". This was produced by Paul A Schmidt. The band very unhappy with the production called on Steve Rothery of Marillion to help co-produce the record with Douglas Ott and Paul Craddick. Rothery added some guitars and remixed some songs. A small German label, Dream Circle, had secured the rights for this album. The band toured Europe in 1993, and the album was later re-released with an extended booklet and a second disc with demos from their first album.

Wounded (1996) helped them attract new fans. Time Lost (1997) was released for a tour with Dream Theater. It had four new tracks and previously unreleased material. Break (1998) was promoted live on stage with Spock's Beard and later with Marillion. These albums marked a departure from their first album.[1]

Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 was released in 2000. Two band members left after the album was finished.[2] Blink of an Eye and Tug of War reinforced the band's status as a serious band.[3][4] These albums opened the band's road for touring in Germany together with Spock's Beard and the California Guitar Trio.[5] Their live album, Live at Last was released as a double CD and a double DVD set, with over 20 songs some dating back to 1993.[6]

The band, after a long break, recorded a new album titled The Great Divide which was released in 2014.

Lineup[edit]

Current members

  • Doug Ott – guitars, backing vocals, occasional keyboards and bass guitar (1989–present), lead vocals (1989–1991)
  • Ted Leonard – lead vocals, occasional guitar (1991–present)
  • Ed Platt – bass guitar (1991–1997, 2000–present)
  • Sean Flanegan – drums, percussion (2002–present)
  • Bill Jenkins – keyboards (2003–present)

Former members

  • Paul Craddick – drums, occasional bass guitar, guitar and keyboards (1989–2002)
  • Mike "Benignus" Geimer – keyboards (1989–2000)
  • Brian Cline – bass guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals (1989–1991)
  • Phil Bennett – keyboards (2000–2002)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Videography[edit]

  • Live At Last (2004)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • "allmusic ((( Enchant > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  • "Enchant Discography at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-09-27.