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Demons And Wizards [Demons & Wizards] [693723217123]

  • 1. Rites of Passage
    2. Heaven Denies
    3. Poor Man's Crusade
    4. Fiddler on the Green
    5. Blood on My Hands
    6. Path of Glory
    7. Winter of Souls
    8. Whistler, The
    9. Tear Down the Wall
    10. Gallows Pole
    11. My Last Sunrise
    12. Chant
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 21712

  • Credits
    ProducerJim Morris; Jon Schaffer; Kursch
    EngineerJim Morris

    Demons & Wizards: Hansi Kursch (vocals); Jon Schaffer (guitar, bass).
    Additional personnel: Jim Morris (guitar); Mark Prator (drums).
    This is a limited edition digipak with pop-up graphics and one bonus track.
    Demons & Wizards: Hansi Kursche (vocals); Jon Schaffer (guitar, bass).
    Additional personnel: Jim Morris (guitar); Mark Prator (drums).
    Recorded at Morrisound Studio, Florida in June 1999.
    Originally released throughout Europe in 1999, this Blind Guardian/Iced Earth side project made it to American record stores a year later. Considering the lineage of Demons & Wizards, this Steamhammer/SPV offering is an automatic must-own for fans of latter-day European power metal. All-star membership certainly doesn't ensure a quality recording, but the duo of guitarist Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) and vocalist Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) does deliver a first-rate product on this, their eponymous debut. The music is sharp and punchy power metal, and Kursch's voice is in excellent form, but the utter predictability of Demons & Wizards may disappoint fans curious about the possibilities of a Kursch/Schaffer collaboration. Every song would fit nicely on a Blind Guardian or Iced Earth outing. Demons & Wizards could disappoint listeners expecting a fresh take on power metal from two of the genre's more successful practitioners. ~ Vincent Jeffries

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (3/20/00, p.34) - "...a not-so-curious mixture of medieval folklore, acoustic melodies, big solos, and soaring power metal'll expect gargoyles to pop out of your speakers..."
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