Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
I would have voted "no" a...
Interesting responses fro...
Well personally, I won't ...
No no, don't cancel Moder...
Fair Play to you Jeff. I ...
I listened to a fair amou...
You must login to post a message.

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

16-01-2018 00:59
Stoke City condemned 2 relegation. Who is the new manager? Paul Lambert.

15-01-2018 22:09
Agreed Reyno about Clyde Best, further back is the story of Walter Tull which is quite heartbreaking, links to Northampton and lived in Rushden.

15-01-2018 22:05
Big loss is Cyrille, only short time at Wolves, but I was at the Peterborough game where he scored the last minute winner, Cyrille and Laurie C, what a team.

15-01-2018 22:05
I think many people forget guys like West Ham's Clyde Best whenever the subject of the impact of black footballers in the English game crops up. He was just as good as the West Brom trio years b4

15-01-2018 19:13
Cyrille was part of the ground breaking so called 'three degrees' who did so much to break down racial barriers in Football back in the late 70's.R.I.P

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2005 Articles » Demons And Wizards - 2005 Touched By The Crimson King
Demons And Wizards - 2005 Touched By The Crimson King

Hansi Kursch - vocals
Jon Schaffer - all guitars, bass

Guest Musicians:
Bobby Jarzombek - drums, percussion
Jim Morris - guitar solos, backing vocals
Rubin Drake - bass & fretless bass
Howard Helm - piano, backing vocals

This is album number two from this (essentially) project band by two of prog metal's leading lights. Hansi Kursch from Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth. The efforts of these two men in their respective bands has all been said before. Their union has resulted in a unique sound that meshes (understandably) the traits and influences of both bands. For fans of either band, expecting a supergroup masterpiece under the Demons And Wizards banner would be great, but entirely unrealistic. Reviews elsewhere for this album are a bit mixed, but that's the Internet for ya! Some love it, some hate it. I guess it depends what your reference point is. Mine is melodic power metal with an emphasis on melody, so in that regard D&W stack up rather well. The speed element is apparent throughout, the rhythm section, particularly the OTT drumming of Jarzombek is on red alert most of the time, despite the drums sounding quite dry in the final mix. The riffing of Schaffer is, as expected, one of the keys to D&W's sound. The other key of course is the vocal work of Kursch. Despite missing much of the vocal grandeur heard on Blind Guardian's material, Kursch does quite OK without all the embellishments.

The Songs
Opening up with the power pairing of 'Crimson King' and 'Beneath These Waves', D&W then take us on a frantic ride with 'Terror Train'. The band slow up with the acoustic dominated 'Seize The Day'. Even 'The Gunslinger' starts out restrained, before unleashing some spirited power metal to defy all the odds. I wonder if bullets fly this fast? 'Loves Tragedy Asunder' is similar in approach, but on the other hand, the 6 and a half minute effort 'Dorian' is straight out of the epic category, while the reworking of Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' is a powerful and brooding affair, one which will do the original proud.

In Summary
Many people listening to D&W are waiting for the real thing I guess. And that is, the next proper studio albums from Blind Guardian and Iced Earth. In the meantime, they can take some solace with this album. A pretty good intermediary by anyone's standards.


Track Listing:
01 Crimson King
02 Beneath These Waves
03 Terror Train
04 Seize The Day
05 The Gunslinger
06 Love's Tragedy Asunder
07 Wicked Witch
08 Dorian
09 Down Where I Am
10 Immigrant Song


Related Articles:

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
ZZ Top - 1973 Tres Hombres, Everon - 1995 Flood, Iron Maiden - 1986 Somewhere In Time, Civil War - 2015 Gods And Generals, Motorhead - 2006 Kiss Of Death, Orphann - 1980 Don't Say No, Dio - 2005 Evil Or Divine [Live In New York City], Zauner, Stefan - 1978 Prism And Views, Condition Red - 2003 II, Y Kant Tori Read - 1988 Y Kant Tori Read, Hobbit - 2001 very first interview, Bullet (Sweden) - 2014 Storm Of Blades, Russell, Kevin - 2004 My Generation, KGB - 1976 Motion, Armored Saint - 1985 Delirious Nomad
Message Bon Jovi Richie Sambora Armored Saint Darby Mills Headpins Uriah Heep Cheap Trick Flyer (USA) Neil Daniels Books Teaze Grace Warrant Jeff Healey Band Krokus Rock Candy Records Blue Cartoon July For Kings Riot Rock Candy Records Tight Fit Vendetta Roger Daltrey Wounded Bird Actors And Actresses Gino Vannelli Tunnelvision Dave Raynor Mark Radice Véronique Béliveau Dakota Trust #2 Anthrax Gordon Michaels Pat Travers Band Yogi Electric Eels
All Tags
Search DDG