Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards
Atmospheric Heavy Metal
14 songs (62'11)
Release year: 1999
Demons & Wizards, SPV
Reviewed by Chris
Album of the month

What happens when Iced Earth guitarist and composer Jon Schaffer meets Hansi K├╝rsch (one of the best voices of the metal scene to me) from Blind Guardian. The result is really the marriage of Ice Earth and Blind Guardian, even though the album is less powerful than both groups last pieces. What amazes me the most is that you never know which band you actually listen to, it's kind of weird because some riffs may mislead you to think you are listening to Iced Earth then the medieval tone and ambience of the song tells you that you're actually listening to a Blind Guardian song. Melodies are great and the marriage seems almost perfect, I say almost because I still think the overall loose power along the way; don't misunderstand me, this is a masterpiece of composition and Hansi is at the best of his art ever, his voice kind of transport you on the waves of melodic riffs coming out of Jon's guitars. But the results is less aggressive that what both bands are used to deliver. As for the production, well as always the sound is crisp and clear, nothing to say about the mixing part, but I have to point out that the drums on some songs sounds artificial (?). Aside from this little detail, it's still a very good album to own.

Killing Songs :
Heaven Denied, Blood On My Hands, Tear Down The Wall
Chris quoted 91 / 100
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