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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.

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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).

Albums:

  • 1999 - Demons & Wizards
  • 2005 - Touched by the Crimson King
  • 2020 - III


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This band has examples of:

  • Balancing Death's Books: "Fiddler on the Green" provides a variant on this trope: The song turns out to be about the Grim Reaper taking a young boy "too early" and, feeling remorseful for his error, 'balances it out' by taking a young girl so the boy can gain a companion when he goes to the afterlife.
  • BSoD Song: "Winter of Souls" is about Mordred on the eve of the final battle with his father King Arthur. He realizes that he's in the wrong and has used his legitimate grievances against Arthur as an excuse for his cruel ambitions, but it's too late to turn back and the fates of him and Arthur are sealed.
  • Heavy Mithril: Among other things, their second album is entirely dedicated to Stephen King's The Dark Tower. However, Hansi has stated that many of songs have more than one meaning and are more related allegorically, such as songs about Captain Ahab which reflects Roland's quest. Additionally, the bonus track "Lunar Lament" is about a passage from The Silmarillionnote .
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  • Perspective Flip: "Winter of Souls", which is from Mordred's POV; "Crimson King," which is from the Crimson King's POV; "Terror Train" from Blaine the Mono's POV; and "The Whistler" from the Pied Piper's POV. Though, despite the title, "Crimson King" focuses more on Flagg.
  • Stock Quotes: The song "Crimson King" contains the line, "I am Legion."
  • A Storm Is Coming: "Winter of Souls" starts with the narrator saying he's "facing the storm".

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