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Review: Demons & Wizards sophomore release

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Touched by the Crimson King
Demons & Wizards
(SPV)

Not that Hansi & Jon have enought to do with the full-time gigs in the Blind Guardian & Iced Earth, these two guys released an album together in 2000. Now five years later after two impressive albums from their full time gigs, they have released this 10 tracker under the D&W monicker.

A bit rawer than their highly-produced normal bands Demon & Wizards still inhabits the melodic power metal realm. On here we get 9 original tracks and a decent cover of Led Zep’s ‘Immigrant Song’. While the latter track could be considered superflous, the rest of the album is rather good althought not as impressive as their debut.

This might because they have exhausted much of their creative juices in the stellar releases from their other bands. That is not to say this is anyway horrible; just that it does need a bit more work to find favour. Two hightlights are ‘Terror Train’ and ‘Wicked Witch’. This is a must for fans of the previous outing or either of the duo main bands. Its quality but not quite to the level of the first outing.

Rating: 4/5

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  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    I completely missed this one. I am a big fan of Iced Earth, and liked the first D&E. I may just have to dig it up.