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Touched By the Crimson King [Import]

Demons & WizardsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Steamhammer Europe
  • ASIN: B0009LNRNM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crimson King
2. Beneath These Waves
3. Terror Train
4. Seize The Day
5. The Gunslinger
6. Love's Tragedy Asunder
7. Wicked Witch
8. Dorian
9. Down Where I Am
10. Immigrant Song
11. Lunar Lament
12. Wicked Witch (Slow Version)
13. Spatial Architects
14. Beneath These Waves (Edit)

Editorial Reviews

The super group formed by Kursch & Schaffer are back with 'Touched By The Crimson King' which is marked by a certain rawness, together with many atmospheric moods. Produced by Jim Morris this CD features 10 tracks including 'Terror Train', 'The Gunslinger', 'Wicked Witch' & 'Crimson King'. Steamhammer. 2005.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Demon, Less Wizard Please... August 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I came to this album with a completely blank slate, never having heard Blind Guardian, Iced Earth nor the first release by Demons & Wizards, spurred on only by an interesting blurb in Metal Hammer and the hope for anything hearkening back to classic metal. With no preconceived expectations, I was extremely pleased with this release and would describe it to the uninitiated (as myself) as 'Queen II' meets Manowar meets Iron Maiden - majestic (but not overblown), melodic, and technically brilliant work.

That said, I felt that the only ingredient missing was the low end of the mix. The drums are fast and furious but don't come across with any "oomph." Same goes for the bass. This album is all about vocals and guitar, both of which are absolutely magnificent, but it doesn't carry that dark, demonic tinge - it's metal, just not as heavy. Dare I say prog-metal?

On the flipside, though, this "lighter" slab of metal surprised me with one thing: an acoustic ballad I didn't skip. One I actually enjoyed. And played again. "Wicked Witch" is an incredibly beautiful, well-written, compelling song. And, to be fair, many numbers pack plenty of speed and power - "Dorian" and "Terror Train" are sickeningly good tracks - just a little more low end on the mixing board and this would be a solid, five-star classic. If there's a low point, it has to the cover of "Immigrant Song." Sure, it's well done, but there's no need to ever cover Zeppelin - especially when they already brought a wealth of excellent new material to the table.

All in all, a safe buy and a guaranteed repeat player. This new fan will not only go out and grab the first album but will also soon check out the works of Blind Guardian and Iced Earth. This is an excellent addition to your metal library.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hails To The Crimson King August 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Taking the creative minds of Jon Schaffer and Hansi Kursch is certainly going to give you a unique Metal experience and with "Touched By The Crimson King" these two Legends certainly deliver. Given their already well-known work in Blind Guardian and Iced Earth it is pretty much expected for the combined efforts of Demons & Wizards to be nothing short of exemplary. The group also does not suffer any lag time with this second release from the project as each tune is fresh and very well put together. Originally I felt this record had more of a Blind Guardian feel to it, but lost that quickly after a few more listens. It is very important to note that this mindset of expecting either Blind Guardian or Iced Earth should be lost in order to fully appreciate this music. Use it as a frame of reference but enjoy the exponential growth this is able to offer you. Starting off the release is the title track "Touched By The Crimson King" and this is one rousing number. It also showcases the ever exciting drumming of Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, Halford, Riot) who is a welcome addition to this group in my opinion. Thinking this is impressive in terms of drums will quickly have you second guessing when "Terror Train" begins. This is a blistering track and the guitar and drum feel that encompasses it speeds by you and yet is also very well laced with a technical flair. Hansi's voice is on point for the whole record as he showcases both his powerful side on numbers that dictate this be so as well as the softer side on the ballad type numbers. As I enjoy Metal ballads I found particular interest in the ones they did on this release. "Seize The Day" and "Wicked Witch" are great from a ballad standpoint. Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Follow Up July 29, 2005
By Mr D.
Format:Audio CD
Who would you say are the male vocalists with the most distinctive voices you can think of? I've been thinking about that and I've come up with three vocalists who not only are easily recognizable but also add so much to their music, you just know it would even be close to the same with somebody else.

First there is Type O Negative's, Peter Steel. Then we have the Scorpion's fabulous lead singer, Klaus Meine. Last but not least, and you may not have heard of him, is Hansi Kursch of the German symphonic power metal band Blind Guardian and Hansi can belt out those amazing vocals with the best of them. Hansi is a singer, that to the unsuspecting ear may mistake him for that other great unmistakable vocalist, the late Freddie Mercury.

Demons and Wizards is a collaboration between two superlative heavy metal band's leaders, Blind Guardian and Iced Earth and this album, Touched by the Crimson King, is the second album born of this prolific union. Each band can and does stand strongly on it's own but as a unit there strengths seem to be magnified and as I started to say Blind Guardian's main strength is their incomparable singer Kursch. The singing of Kursch just lights up the music like a billboard. Even Steel and Meine cannot, in my opinion, do what Hansi does.

Touched by the Crimson King

The brand new Demons and Wizards album picks up where the self titled debut album left off. Touched by the Crimson King is sixty-six minutes of musical variety ranging from slow melodic ballads to super hard driving blockbusters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Any fans of power metal and/or Stephen King's The Dark Tower series will love this album! All ten songs and four bonus tracks are amazing, and four of the songs are direct... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hououin Kyouma
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Got here way quicker than I expect and that is something I really like. I got to give this a four star.
Published 11 months ago by Logan Storm
4.0 out of 5 stars This is as good as anything right now.
I would recommend this to any Heavy Metal Fan out there. I really like the guitar work, it's hard to find great guitar work like Schaffer (mostly rhythm here, but some lead work... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christopher A. Pelissier
5.0 out of 5 stars Iced Earth and Blind Guardian How could you go wrong......
Iced Earth and Blind Guardian are a couple of my top pick bands and the collaboration between Jon Schaffer and Hansi Kursch is a welcome combination. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Mauge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BG and IE Collaboration
A great album! From the first track to the last, this is an album to get if you enjoy heavy metal. The lead signer from Blind Guardian does an excellent job providing melodies... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brian Daniel Sytsma
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched by the Crimson King
This is one of the best CD's I have listened to lately. Awesome that some of my favorite artists combined to put out such fantastic music. This one is a must have!
Published on April 2, 2012 by metal lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!!!
I've been a fan of Blind Guardian for the past 12 years now, and I've enjoyed every release that they've put out. Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by Grgeory B. Trotter
4.0 out of 5 stars Side Project
This is the second album by Demons & Wizards, a power metal side project by singer of Blind Guardian and Iced Earth's guitarist. Read more
Published on April 7, 2011 by Joseph Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good It Made Me Read Thousands of Pages
Touched by the Crimson King, the second album by Demons & Wizards, is directly responsible for me reading a whole bloody lot of books. Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by Eli Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the most passionate heavy metal ever!
Touched By the Crimson King This is a fine album graced by the genius of the driving force behind Iced Earth and the masterful voice of Blind Guardian. Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by M. Salmon
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