Fans of ICED EARTH and BLIND GUARDIAN, which are still waiting for both bands to release a second “Something Wicked This Way Comes” or “Somewhere Far Beyond”, rejoice!!! “Touched By The Crimson King”, the long awaited second album of DEMONS & WIZARDS has finally arrived! And it rips!
This new album starts in the same vein as the debut, with a killer fast paced number “Crimson King”, with its hooking strong chorus, which only Hansi Kürsch is known to throw out. Then the surprise comes, as the next song is more mid paced and where, in the debut, some of the mid paced songs sounded just flat, this time around, not a single song seems out of place or rushed. The ballads are also quite tasty and there is not a single “country” riff to be found this time!
The production is incredible. The sound is huge and Schaffer’s guitar tone is incisive as hell. He never sounded so precise and tight. The only issue with the sound would come from the drums, which are often buried behind the wall of guitars and the snare sound is really sounding like it is played on a thin can. Other than that, there is no major complain, as these musicians are true veterans.
This time around, the songs seem more focused and the song writing a notch better than on the debut, which had some really interesting moments and some fillers. With “Touched By The Crimson King”, Schaffer and Kürsch show the Metal world what they are capable of and let us wonder why their respective bands are so stagnant this days. (Online October 10, 2005)