CD Touched by the Crimson King [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] [Limited] (CD 959366),
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Touched by the Crimson King [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] [Limited]

  • 1. Crimson King
    2. Beneath the Waves
    3. Terror Train
    4. Seize the Day
    5. Gunslinger, The
    6. Love's Tragedy Asunder
    7. Wicked Witch
    8. Dorian
    9. Down Where I Belong
    10. Immigrant Song
    11. Lunar Lament - (bonus track)
    12. Wicked Witch - (bonus track)
    13. Spatial Architects - (bonus track)
    14. Beneath These Waves - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 99490

  • Credits
    ProducerHansi Kursch; Jim Morris; Jon Schaffer; Jim Ward Morris
    EngineerJim Ward Morris

    Demons & Wizards: Jon Schaffer (guitars); Hansi Krsch.
    Personnel: Hansi Krsch (vocals); Jon Schaffer (guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Jim Ward Morris (guitar, background vocals); Howard Helm (piano, background vocals); Rubin Drake (fretless bass); Bobby Jarzombek (drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel: Rubin Drake (guitar, bass guitar); Jim Morris (guitar, background vocals); Krystyna Kolaczynski (cello); Kathy Helm, Tori Fuson, Jesse Morris (background vocals); Howard Helm, Bobby Jarzombek.
    Recording information: Morrisound Studios (2004-2005).
    Photographers: Axel Jusseit; Marc Villalonga.
    In the early '80s, a style of heavy metal was fast rising, in which groups sang about (and even to a point, dressed like) characters from an era long ago, in which gentlemen dressed in armor, and saved damsels in distress in tall castles. While some of these groups built a long-term career (Dio, Iron Maiden, etc.), many fell by the wayside as the style faded away, and was replaced by thrash and glam metal acts. By the early '90s, some of the music from these earlier bands could be detected in such new acts as Dream Theater and Iced Earth, who also pushed the 'technicality' of their music up a notch. Fast-forward another ten years to the early 2000s, and there is a new crop of bands that combine both of these metal eras together, especially by the prog metal "supergroup" Demons & Wizards. Comprised of Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer and Blind Guardian's Hansi Krsch, the duo issued their second album in 2005, Touched by the Crimson King. Picture a modern metal soundtrack accompanying a triumphant ride through a forest on horseback, and you have an idea of what such songs as "Crimson King" and "Terror Train" sound like, as well as the album-closing cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." But not all of Crimson King is riff-based, as evidenced by the tranquil ending of "Beneath These Waves" and the beginning of "The Gunslinger." But by and large, Touched by the Crimson King is a modern-day prog metal fan's dream. ~ Greg Prato

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