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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B000040OC4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
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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. The Whistler
9. Tear Down The Wall
10. Gallows Pole
11. My Last Sunrise
12. Chant

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Format: Audio CD
Before I bought this I hadn't even heard of Iced Earth or Blind Guardian. Now I'm very glad I bought it.

I bought this when I was at my favorite store. It was on the sales rack. When I listened to it on the way home I thought it was great. Very hard rocking. I really love the very dark but beautiful melodies and mythic lyrics. Toally wicked!. Buy this CD! You will think it rocks! This band combies the sounds of Blind Gaurdian and Iced Earth so it has alot of metal and fantasy inspired lyrics. This band is very, very interesting and different. I wish channels like MTV and Muchmusic played bands like this. This band has 70s and 80s metal infulence so it would be great to have those tv staitons play something new but with an old sound.

1 Rites of Passage: One of the best intros ever! It dosen't have any words just some sort of chanting. Very cool.

2 Heaven Denies: A fast, loud song. I think this song is pretty cool and well done but there are better songs on the album.

3 Poor Man's Crusade: Another fast song with violent lyrics but a good tune. Sweet song but the next song is better.

4 Fiddler on the Green: One of the best songs on the album. A beautiful rock ballet about two childern dying, it is amazing, deep and a very good rock song.

5 Blood on My Hands: Another one of the best songs. Its very catching and has very mystical lyrics.

6 Path of Glory: Again one of the best songs. Its very up lifting and hard. Good for bad days.

7 Winter of Souls: This ones ok but not their best. Its got good lyrics but there is room for improvment.

8 The Whister: Very catchy and well writen but chours seems to repeat itself alot. The lyrics are cool but desturbing.
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Demons & Wizards is a side-project band featuring Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth on guitars and bass, and Blind Guardian's Hansi Kursh on vocals, with Iced Earth's depressive, Power-Thrash-Metal influenced dark sound and riffs along with Blind Guardian's fantasy based melodic, True Power-Metal style. The album is neatly paced, starting with a bang with their song "Heaven Denies," but slowing down in certain places with an odd, but excellent ballad the "Fiddler on the Green" which seems to have some Celtic influences, and then just getting plain creepy with the song "Winter of Souls," which I might add has a real catchy chourse. The Gregorian choirs show up again on the last track, ending the album with an appropriately moody finish. During the recording sessions the band members were; Jon Schaffer of (Guitars and basses) Hansi Kursch of (Vocals) Jim Morris (lead guitar) Mark Prator (Drums). This is an excellent debut from this band, and if you're looking for something new and exciting, you would get this album.
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When any real power metal fan hears the names Iced Earth or Blind Guardian, one can't help but have their eyes widen and say, "yea, they rule!" The idea of Shaffer and Kursch from both bands coming together would make any fan go out and by this, no questions asked. The CD cover, linear notes, and CD artwork itself look gorgeous, clean and exciting, therefore this is going to ge an incredible record - says the buyer. I myself thought all these things, but came out a somewhat dissappointed in the end.
Fans of the disc get annoyed when people simply describe the CD's music as "Iced Earth metal w/ Blind Guardian vocals." Still, this statement is more true then false. The guitars (dirty and thrashy), production (somewhat raw and electrifying), themes (religion, questioning, etc), and metal attitude are VERY Iced Earth sounding, and the vocals seems to be very Blind Guardian inspired (Choir style screams, soprano's and depthful passion). I would say though the Cd is more Iced Earth then Blind Guardian, it almost seems like this is really Jon Shaffer's idea and Hansi is just along for the ride. Guitars are structured the same as Iced Earth as well, not many lead oriented riffs, but just power chord thrashness. No symphonies or fancy production effects, or even keyboards or pianos for that matter - so if you're into epic stuff like Rhapsody/Kamelot/Sonata Arctica type power metal, this might not be your thing.
We open up w/ a quite mediocre song that opens w/ the thrash metal and vocals i described earlier, and a chorus that struggles to be good, but ultimately isn't anything worth headbanging to, or even tapping your fingers to.
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I would be lying to you to say this cd is a perfect buy! What it is though is a perfect combination of Blind Guardian meets Iced Earth. Hansi Kiirsch (from BG) has one of the best notable singing voices in metal and could easily be ranked in talent next to Ronnie James Dio. And Jon Schaffer (from IE) is definently one of the best and origional rythem guitarists to date. These 2 amazing people combined with a decent drummer and pretty good bassist should equal something extremely amazing nevertheless right? well, its close! There is nothing technically wrong in this cd or any out-right examples of poor musicianship, but there do seem to be alot of parts recycled from Iced Earth and Blind Guardian thrown in here, (I mean I've heard alot of the same guitars and exact lyrics from different songs by the individual bands) But there is still a greatly respectable amount of creativity put into this D and W band that should not and MUST NOT be over looked! D and W create their own atmosphere of darkness and evil with out directly referring to anything of a satanic sort, and with this they use it to tell stories involving people meeting death, people loosing loved ones, and people turning away from all hope and going into eternal darkness. Another major plus is that all the lyrics are written in a very beautiful tragic poetic way that just touches your heart even if you cannot fully understand it, and thanks to Hansi the lyrics are also sung this way too. And finally every song on here does kick ass, but if your like me you will find that you just can not listen to all of these songs at one given time, because then you would loose interest after a couple tracks and would be completley bored with it all together, because every song does have the same type of feel and it gets redundant after a while.Read more ›
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