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Demons And Wizards

Demons and Wizards Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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1. Rites Of Passage
2. Heaven Denies
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut June 23 2004
By Nathan
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars More Iced then Blind, somewhat disappointing June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I love it, but it is not perfect April 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars one of the most overrated releases ever April 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
first, i'm a big fan of both blind guardian and iced earth,
so this album has been collecting thick layers of dust on
my cd rack ever since it was released, in the year 2000.
the rating this album has (4.5 stars, which is a 90/100!!)
is totally unfair:
this whole is a lot less than the sum of its parts.
i'd still pick up an I.E. or B.G. album anytime over
this one mainly for the memorability factor:
only two fairly memorable songs in here:
heaven denies (a very successful chorus and
hansi gives a hooking vocal performance)
and fiddler on the green (again, hansi doing
a great job with the high notes with a very emotional
guitar playing by mr Shaffer).
all throughout this album i get the feeling of hearing
recycled IE riffs and BG choruses that were discarded
by the bands for their own albums, but used in here.
"tear down the walls" is an example of a song desperately
trying to be memorable, without much success.
and what's with the intro and the chant which closes
the album??? the album would have been better off
without these total, total fillers!
i just HAD to write a review because the rating for this album is unjustified. i'd recommend the potential buyer to download this album or buy it used because frankly
everybody here seems to be convincing themselves that they made a great buy...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Blend of Two Worlds
Put Jon Schaffer and Hansi Kursch together and you get Demons and Wizards, or in other words, a stroke of metal genius. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2011 by Lock up the wolves
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing side prodject CD
If you are to get 1 CD that has Hansi Kursch in it, this is it! this CD has the amazing singing voice of Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kursch and outrageous guitar playing from... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2009 by J. Chaulk
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks! I love this group!
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by Luke Dickey
3.0 out of 5 stars Shouda Coulda Woulda
ok cheesey title. this really, in my opinion, shoulda been an iced earth album. john shaffer coulda used the music from this album, put matt barlow (former iced earth) on vocals... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by christopher shaffar
2.0 out of 5 stars JUST OK
The music is cool! But those vocals are horrible! Man with some killer singing, I would love It! song writing is cool.
Published on March 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars More Iced Than Blind
This album really is incredible. Not really a bad song on it in my opinion although their are a few lesser songs. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by josh-13
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cd
coming from death metal and old school metal, i was not use to the singer's high pitch voice fans of i.e. and b.g. excuse me. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Joseph T. Kowalski
5.0 out of 5 stars PAY THE PRICE FOR IGNORANCE.
Why is it so many regard this as inferior to Blind Guardian and Iced Earth's own efforts? I think Hansi's voice and Schaffer's guitar were meant for each other: the music of... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Lord Chimp
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST
What can be better than a collaborations between the two greatest bands of power metal? Nothing. Jon Schaffer's inredibly fast guitar-work and stylish sound meets Hansi Kirsch's... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by "blumeanie2012"
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