Demons & Wizards - Touched By The Crimson King (SPV) - Back
The super group is back! “Touched By The Crimson King” showcases the familiar vocals of Hansi Kursch from Blind Guardian and riffmaster Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth. The guitars shred and the vocals soar. Demons & Wizards use a little different approach from their first album, but this is a worthy sophomore album. Just when you think the thrash metal riffs disappear into songs like the melodic “Wicked Witch” they contrast it with one of the heaviest, and kick ass riffs on the next track, “Dorian.” Though it has a rather melodic, eerie break, the thrashing kicks right back in at the end. There are many thrashy riffs, what else would you expect? However, they do use more acoustic elements than before; it shows the dynamics of these musicians. But, I still wish this had more of that catchy metal riffing that Jon is so famous for. Don’t get me wrong, I like the acoustic parts, but I like the heavier tracks more. One more thing, the cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” is good, but its almost like they added it at the last second. Ten songs and nearly fifty minutes, a pleasing second release. Just think, they never assured fans that they would do another disc after the first one, be pleased they did.

Rating: 86