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Artist:

Demons & Wizards

Album:

Touched by the Crimson King

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Genre: [Heavy Metal/Power Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.0
Music: 7.0
Production: 7.5


As some of you may remember, Demons & Wizards is the band of Jon Schaffer (ex-Iced Earth) and Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian)... although their self-titled debut album didn't impress me so much, it did have its moments that showed the band has potential. Therefore, I was rather delighted with inserting this new album into the player.

However, already the first listen revealed that the band hasn't developed as much as I had wished for. Nonetheless, this mellow album also has its moments (especially the ballads and the Led Zep cover). However, if you're looking for heavier songs, you might be disappointed at the new D&W, since there aren't too many aggressive metal offerings on this record. Overall, Touched by the Crimson King is more laidback than the first album.

The sounds on this album are quite apt, and the rawness suits the record well... so, in case you liked the previous D&W album you might want to give "Touched by the Crimson King" a listen. However, keep in mind it isn't as heavy as the debut.

Release date: June 27th, 2005 (Europe) and June 28th, 2005 (USA)

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- MAGE (June 27th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Schaffer, Jon: Vocals
Kürsch, Hansi: Rhythm, Lead & Acoustic Guitars, Bass
Jarzombek, Bobby: Drums
Drake, Rubin: Bass
Morris, Jim: Guest Guitar Solos
Producer: Schaffer, Jon; Kürsch, Hansi & Morris, Jim
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Demons & Wizards - Touched by the Crimson King  CD  Cover Image
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 (Led Zeppelin Cover)

Length: 49:24
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