Demons & Wizards is a Heavy Metal supergroup formed by Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, who originally became friends when their bands toured together. "Demons and Angels" was suggested by Schaffer's wife as a description of the difference between Schaffer's demon-like guitar and Kursch's angel-like singing. Kürsch disagreed and said it would be more accurate to describe him as a wizard. Also seen as a reference to the darker, theology-inspired subject of most Iced Earth songs as compared to the more swords-and-sorcery style of Blind Guardian. In general, the music is written by Schaffer and the vocals by Kürsch, though some of the guitar solos were done by Jim Morris. Their music tends to be fairly dark, aggressive power metal.
After Jon Schaffer's arrest following his involvement in the 2021 Capitol Riots, Hansi Kursch announced that he would not work with Schaffer again, effectively dissolving the band.
Not to be confused with the Uriah Heep album of the same name (although Schaffer and Kursch have said that the album was where they took the name from).
- 1999 - Demons & Wizards
- 2005 - Touched by the Crimson King
- 2020 - III
This band has examples of:
- Ancient Astronauts: "Spatial Architects".
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Or everything sounds more ominous whispered in German.
- Filk Song
- God Is Evil: The trilogy that ends the first album.
- Heavy Mithril: Just look at their name.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mostly a 7, with a few songs (such as "Crimson King" and "Heaven Denies") being a soft 8.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: "Rites of Passage", "Heaven Denies," "Chant", and "Crimson King".
- Perspective Flip: Many of their songs.
- Shown Their Work
- A Storm Is Coming: "Winter of Souls".
They have songs about:
- The Crusades: "Poor Man's Crusade".
- Death: "Fiddler on the Green".
- The Dark Tower: "Crimson King", "Seize the Day", "Terror Train", and "The Gunslinger".
- The Hobbit: "Seize the Day".
- King Arthur: "Winter of Souls".
- Moby-Dick: "Beneath These Waves".
- Paradise Lost: "Heaven Denies".
- The Picture of Dorian Gray: "Dorian".
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin: "The Whistler".
- The Ring of the Nibelung: "Blood on My Hands".
- The Silmarillion: "Lunar Lament".
- The Stormlight Archive: "Final Warning".
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: "Wicked Witch".