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Review: Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards
Demons & Wizards
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Demons & Wizards

Label: SPV
Year released: 1999
Duration: 52:35
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: April 13, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Demons & Wizards

Rated 3.76/5 (75.12%) (41 Votes)
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When I first heard that Jon Shaffer and Hansi Kursch were doing a side project together I just couldn't wait until I was able to get my hands on a copy of it myself. It always seems to happen when you really start looking forward to an album it never really lives up to the expectation you have. That is definitely not the case here. This album is actually better than I expected which is high praise indeed considering that anyone's expectation of a band consisting of the leaders of Iced Earth and Blind Guardian would naturally be very high.

As for the sound of the album is more Iced Earth than it is Blind Guardian but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, as I prefer the darker sound of Iced Earth anyway. Where this album really shines though is in the vocal performance of Hansi who in my opinion is one of the very best vocalists in metal today. His range and emotional delivery is just unbelievable. The guest musicians helping out on this effort were producer and engineer Jim Morris doing some lead guitar work and Mark Prator on drums.

The music is all out Iced Earth though with the killer riffs you would expect from Jon especially on songs like "Heaven Denies", "Blood on my Hands", "Tear down the Wall" and "My Last Sunrise". Oddly enough my favorite song on the disc is the mostly acoustic song "Fiddler on the Green". This song just has some of best vocal work I have ever heard from Hansi and it sure as hell doesn't hurt that the guitar work is just top notch with a very memorable groove.

This is one of the best power metal releases of 1999 in my opinion. Would you honestly believe me if I said otherwise with the amount of talent in this band? I didn't think so…hehe

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Track by track

RITES OF PASSAGE - 7.5
HEAVEN DENIES - 9.0
POOR MAN'S CRUSADE - 9.0
FIDDLER ON THE GREEN - 10
BLOOD ON MY HANDS - 10
PATH OF GLORY - 9.0
WINTER OF SOULS - 9.0
THE WHISTLER - 9.0
TEAR DOWN THE WALLS - 9.5
GALLOWS POLE - 9.5
MY LAST SUNRISE - 9.5
CHANT - 7.5

Ratings

VOCALS - 10+
GUITARS - 9.5
BASS - 7.0
DRUMS - 9.0
KEYBOARDS - N/A
PRODUCTION - 9.0

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