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DEMONS & WIZARDS 3rd Album Announced

#1 Post by priderock » 23 Mar 2019 10:48

So, it was officially announced that the 3rd album by Demons and Wizards will be released at the beginning of 2020 by Century Media and the first 2 will be re-released on June 7 - fully remastered with additional bonus stuff.
So, it seems that will get The Orchestral Project and the 3rd Demons and Wizards album in less than 4 months from each other most probably :twisted: And maybe the next B.G. album in the next two years...
It's like the period I've been always dreaming for in terms of releases - 3 albums(including the orchestral one) in less than 3 years from now :) :) :)

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#2 Post by Guardian'86 » 23 Mar 2019 11:29

Yes, another amazing news !!! Even if the time to enjoy the orchestral album from november 1st until early 2020 for 3rd demons and wizard album is not enough because to assimilate the orchestral album is not easy in the early stages especially....but to enjoy pure metal with the 3rd one of D&W will mean to have a blast !!
Thanks for this other update !!

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#3 Post by Dragonfly » 23 Mar 2019 20:48

Great news, came here to post the same thing! And guess what, it's another longstanding project that is about to finally see the light of day. Very interesting.
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#4 Post by Traveller in Time » 24 Mar 2019 10:06

I did hope for a release before their touring activities start. But well i am fine with 2020 as well :-)
Great times ahead of us.

Meanwhile to kill some time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAVHxKH6CyM

But if you ask me Hansi could do better, he too much adapted to the style of the Hämatom singer (hey and you will always lose against Freddie). And Hansi should sing the more high stuff and not vice versa.
But it seems they had some fun.
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#5 Post by Guardian'86 » 25 Mar 2019 20:18

The quest is over, Demons and Wizards finally have found a new home! You better get yourself prepared.

DEMONS & WIZARDS sign with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Century Media Records is pleased to announce the signing of legendary metal band DEMONS & WIZARDS for a worldwide collaboration. Founded in 1999 by Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth), DEMONS & WIZARDS released two highly acclaimed albums in 2000 (“Demons & Wizards”) and 2005 (“Touched by the Crimson King”). Currently, the band is busy recording the highly anticipated yet untitled third studio album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2020.

Hansi Kürsch comments:
“It is a great pleasure and a big honor for me to finally become a full part of the Century Media family. Jon and I both feel that Century Media is the perfect match for our upcoming DEMONS & WIZARDS missions. And there will be plenty of them. Right at the moment we have not only finalized a re-boot of our first two albums, but are also working with full forces on the successor of “Touched by the Crimson King”. Good things are on its way. Expect nothing but the best and do not miss us on the road this summer, unless you want to risk another 20 years of waiting …”

Philipp Schulte (Century Media Records) adds:
“To say that we are stoked to be finally working with Hansi and Jon on a new DEMONS & WIZARDS album would be an understatement. This is a very important signing to the label: A top-tier metal band and a great addition to the label’s roster. The fans have been patiently waiting for DEMONS & WIZARDS’ return. And now the time is near! We start our cooperation by re-releasing the band’s two classic albums, before they are conquering the festival stages all across Europe. And then, in the beginning of 2020, after 15 years of waiting, DEMONS & WIZARDS will finally return with a new studio album. It is time to hoist the sails for the storm to come. Welcome aboard!”

Prior to the release of the new studio album, Century Media Records will release DEMONS & WIZARDS’ sold out first two albums as reworked special editions. Remastered by Zeuss (Iced Earth, Queensrÿche, Sanctuary), these two releases will be out on June 7th, 2019 as Limited Edition Digipak and limited Deluxe 2LP releases with bonus material and liner notes by both members.

Already on March 29th, 2019, the digital standard versions of the remastered albums will be made available in order to promote the band’s festival run in Europe.

Demons & Wizards Festivals/ Shows 2019

May 31st - Saarbrücken/Garage (Germany)

June 1st - Pratteln/Z7 (Swiss)
June 2nd - Frankfurt/Batschkapp (Germany)
June 8th - Norje-Sölvesborg/Sweden Rock Festival (Sweden)
June 10th - Moscow/RED Club (Russia)
June 20th - Copenhagen/Copenhell (Denmark)
June 21st - Clisson/Hellfest (France)
June 22nd - Dessel/Graspop (Belgium)
June 29th - Dokkum/Dokk´em Open Air (Holland)
June 30th - London/Islington Assembly Hall (UK)

July 4th - Barcelona/Barcelona Rock Fest (Spain)
July 6th - Crete-Chania/Chania Rockfestival (Greece)
July 25th - Tolmin/Metal Days Festival (Slovenia)

August 2nd - Wacken/Wacken Festival (Germany)

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#6 Post by Traveller in Time » 29 Mar 2019 17:36

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#7 Post by priderock » 29 Mar 2019 18:55

Thanks for the info!
I'm just listening them on Spotify!
What do you guys think about the remasters

https://open.spotify.com/album/6ee1ODEQBi5qbxs8knwoQL

i just listened to Blood On My Hands and I have to say that it's phenomenal!

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#8 Post by Traveller in Time » 29 Mar 2019 19:20

i will wait for the physical releases, no fan of spotify and co. But good to know that it is worth to buy. :D
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#9 Post by Traveller in Time » 21 Apr 2019 19:46

What do you think? Will be there a chance that they will record a show (maybe Wacken or another festival) to make a live album or a DVD/bluray or both?
It is not said when they ever will be do a D&W tour again in the far future. I would like to have at least an live album.
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#10 Post by sciacallo010 » 28 May 2019 18:31

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1zh2BSwqTc

So...Demons & Wizards are now Blind Guardian + Iced Earth (with a pinch of Ayreon), more than ever...can't wait to see them next month!

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#11 Post by Dragonfly » 29 May 2019 00:59

That's pretty amazing. I kinda expected to see Frederik but Marcus on bass?!! That's one giant sweet surprise right there!

Also, Hansi is brutal in this lovely video :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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#12 Post by Traveller in Time » 30 May 2019 22:27

sciacallo010 wrote:
28 May 2019 18:31
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1zh2BSwqTc

So...Demons & Wizards are now Blind Guardian + Iced Earth (with a pinch of Ayreon), more than ever...can't wait to see them next month!
..and a pinch of Witherfall (Jake Dreyer)

funny, i met him when they were support of Sonata Arctica. Really nice guy and now being tour guitarist of D&W...sky is the limit :-D
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#13 Post by Traveller in Time » 01 Jun 2019 00:04

Wohoo. Great concert in Saarbrücken. Hansi in really good shape. Of course not going for the highest screams (besides Fiddler in the green, this one was truly amazing). Never saw a bass Player Moving So much and spraying energy. :) Marcus seemed to enjoy it. Frederik in point as always. Jake dreyer was a cool guy bringing much action on lead Guitar. Even played Two bg Songs (Welcome to dying and marcus' “Loved“ Valhalla. Still blasted. Great concert. Highly recommended.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/demons- ... 0423b.html

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#14 Post by Guardian'86 » 01 Jun 2019 18:59

I Guess that one or more of these shows will be recorded for a future release live DVD and CD. Just a question.....but according to you when Demons & Wizards signed with Century Media records this mean that they will release, apart from the third album in early 2020, other albums! Hansi said, referring to the missions, that there will be plenty of them. What do you think?

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#15 Post by Traveller in Time » 01 Jun 2019 20:17

Guardian'86 wrote:
01 Jun 2019 18:59
I Guess that one or more of these shows will be recorded for a future release live DVD and CD. Just a question.....but according to you when Demons & Wizards signed with Century Media records this mean that they will release, apart from the third album in early 2020, other albums! Hansi said, referring to the missions, that there will be plenty of them. What do you think?
i hope so a live CD and/or DVD would be great. I guess they will use a festival show for one of these.
Hansi is always euphoric. Don't put too much weight on that, because their timing schedule is very tight if you ask me. There will be a third studio album, that is all we can say for sure and that they have plans for the future as well, but after last album it was the same that they won't take that long again an here we are 14 years after Touched by the crimson king (2005). Would not suprise me if i takes at least 10 years for the 4th album ;-)
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#16 Post by Dragonfly » 01 Jun 2019 23:13

Traveller in Time wrote:
01 Jun 2019 00:04
Wohoo. Great concert in Saarbrücken. Hansi in really good shape. Of course not going for the highest screams (besides Fiddler in the green, this one was truly amazing). Never saw a bass Player Moving So much and spraying energy. :) Marcus seemed to enjoy it. Frederik in point as always. Jake dreyer was a cool guy bringing much action on lead Guitar. Even played Two bg Songs (Welcome to dying and marcus' “Loved“ Valhalla. Still blasted. Great concert. Highly recommended.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/demons- ... 0423b.html

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https://ibb.co/b5rMvrs
Sounds great, thank you for this little review! Gonna see the guys in Moscow in 8 days. I wonder if they will change a song or two between shows in the way that Blind Guardian do or stick to this set of songs. I, for one, am longing for "Down Where I Am", other than that I'm very pleased with the setlist. "Wicked Witch" is a song I hold very dear, I hope they'll keep it.

One problem though - the link you posted doesn't work for me. :(
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#17 Post by Traveller in Time » 02 Jun 2019 13:31

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01 Jun 2019 23:13


Sounds great, thank you for this little review! Gonna see the guys in Moscow in 8 days. I wonder if they will change a song or two between shows in the way that Blind Guardian do or stick to this set of songs. I, for one, am longing for "Down Where I Am", other than that I'm very pleased with the setlist. "Wicked Witch" is a song I hold very dear, I hope they'll keep it.

One problem though - the link you posted doesn't work for me. :(
I guess they will keep most of the songs in the setlist and just exchange one or two songs from time to time like they did on the beyond the red mirror tour. Wicked witch was really awesome. Can't imagine that they could skip it in future shows... Fiddler on the green lacked a bit of the sound of the accoustic guitar if you ask me (so only 99% of perfectness ;-) ) Enjoy the anticipation, it's really a great concert experience and every wait worth it.

Now the link should be fixed.
Tour shirt
https://ibb.co/6sZrz3M
https://ibb.co/HH1PZcH

To complete things: There is a Touched by the crimson shirt sold as well, but no tour dates on the back. There is a girlie shirt but it has onky the D&W logo on front, so a bit boring. They sell a black worker shirt (with black d&w logo) and a hoodie with red d&w logo.
Else you can get signed (by Jon and Hansi) poster, the remastered CDs with signatures and limited signed vinyls (Touched by the crimson king: 200x red, 200x yellow / Demons&Wizards: 200x green, 200x blue) and drum sticks
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#18 Post by Traveller in Time » 03 Jun 2019 14:40

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#19 Post by Dragonfly » 03 Jun 2019 21:09

Traveller in Time wrote:
02 Jun 2019 13:31
Dragonfly wrote:
01 Jun 2019 23:13


Sounds great, thank you for this little review! Gonna see the guys in Moscow in 8 days. I wonder if they will change a song or two between shows in the way that Blind Guardian do or stick to this set of songs. I, for one, am longing for "Down Where I Am", other than that I'm very pleased with the setlist. "Wicked Witch" is a song I hold very dear, I hope they'll keep it.

One problem though - the link you posted doesn't work for me. :(
I guess they will keep most of the songs in the setlist and just exchange one or two songs from time to time like they did on the beyond the red mirror tour. Wicked witch was really awesome. Can't imagine that they could skip it in future shows... Fiddler on the green lacked a bit of the sound of the accoustic guitar if you ask me (so only 99% of perfectness ;-) ) Enjoy the anticipation, it's really a great concert experience and every wait worth it.

Now the link should be fixed.
Tour shirt
https://ibb.co/6sZrz3M
https://ibb.co/HH1PZcH

To complete things: There is a Touched by the crimson shirt sold as well, but no tour dates on the back. There is a girlie shirt but it has onky the D&W logo on front, so a bit boring. They sell a black worker shirt (with black d&w logo) and a hoodie with red d&w logo.
Else you can get signed (by Jon and Hansi) poster, the remastered CDs with signatures and limited signed vinyls (Touched by the crimson king: 200x red, 200x yellow / Demons&Wizards: 200x green, 200x blue) and drum sticks
Many thanks to you, looks like I'll be getting that t-shirt! The re-coloured version of that cover might even look better than the original and that says a lot. I just love that picture! Having read the whole story of "Fiddler On The Green", it now makes even more sense. What a song!
Another particular favourite of mine is "My Last Sunrise" which is probably Hansi's most evil vocal performance to date, it even reminds me of black metal sometimes. I also remember reading somewhere that it's his favourite song on the debut album. Glad to see that the guys play the whole Azrael trilogy, great way to conclude the main set.

Do you mean that they played Fiddler on clean guitars? Were there any acoustics involved?

Thank you Traveller! The last band I saw live was Alestorm, and it's been quite a while now. I'm sure it's going to be a night to remember, a truly magical encounter as they put it! :) :) :) Never in my entire life did I expect that I'd get a chance to see a Demons & Wizards concert, by the way. It seemed as fantastic as the stories they write their songs about. And a new record in the works, too! What a time to be alive...
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#20 Post by Traveller in Time » 04 Jun 2019 23:38

Dragonfly wrote:
03 Jun 2019 21:09


Many thanks to you, looks like I'll be getting that t-shirt! The re-coloured version of that cover might even look better than the original and that says a lot. I just love that picture! Having read the whole story of "Fiddler On The Green", it now makes even more sense. What a song!
Another particular favourite of mine is "My Last Sunrise" which is probably Hansi's most evil vocal performance to date, it even reminds me of black metal sometimes. I also remember reading somewhere that it's his favourite song on the debut album. Glad to see that the guys play the whole Azrael trilogy, great way to conclude the main set.

Do you mean that they played Fiddler on clean guitars? Were there any acoustics involved?

Thank you Traveller! The last band I saw live was Alestorm, and it's been quite a while now. I'm sure it's going to be a night to remember, a truly magical encounter as they put it! :) :) :) Never in my entire life did I expect that I'd get a chance to see a Demons & Wizards concert, by the way. It seemed as fantastic as the stories they write their songs about. And a new record in the works, too! What a time to be alive...

Jon played the main melody on accoustic guitar, while the heavy parts were played on e-guitar by Jake. At Saarbrücken the accoustic sounded a bit too high for this dark song, or maybe i had not best accoustics where i was standing.
In the video it sounds better than i remember.
Yeah Fiddler on the green is a great song with a deeper and tragic meaning. i love this song and the cover artwork, they did a great job to keep it and with the re-colouring. That cover woukd be an epic LED picture if you enlightend the latern and maybe the fiddler in a green tone.

I guess you guys already saw it, but just to keep all information together:
DEMONS & WIZARDS - Hansi Kürsch & Jon Schaffer present The REMASTERS 2019!


the transparent sun yellow looks great. :shock:
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#21 Post by Dragonfly » 05 Jun 2019 00:37

Traveller in Time wrote:
04 Jun 2019 23:38

Jon played the main melody on accoustic guitar, while the heavy parts were played on e-guitar by Jake. At Saarbrücken the accoustic sounded a bit too high for this dark song, or maybe i had not best accoustics where i was standing.
In the video it sounds better than i remember.
Okay, it depends I guess. I can only hope that the acoustics of the hall will be good enough for where I'll be standing.
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Yeah Fiddler on the green is a great song with a deeper and tragic meaning. i love this song and the cover artwork, they did a great job to keep it and with the re-colouring. That cover woukd be an epic LED picture if you enlightend the latern and maybe the fiddler in a green tone.
Yeah, that's what a master songwriter and storyteller comes away with after witnessing a tragic accident. Or two of them in close succession...
Traveller in Time wrote:
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I guess you guys already saw it, but just to keep all information together:
DEMONS & WIZARDS - Hansi Kürsch & Jon Schaffer present The REMASTERS 2019!


the transparent sun yellow looks great. :shock:
Yes, another lovely video! It's always a pleasure to hear what the creator has to say about their work. If there's two creators involved, and they do so while trolling each other, even better!

Right, though the music of this ensemble is anything but sunny. :mrgreen:
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#22 Post by Traveller in Time » 05 Jun 2019 10:21

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Yes, another lovely video! It's always a pleasure to hear what the creator has to say about their work. If there's two creators involved, and they do so while trolling each other, even better!

Right, though the music of this ensemble is anything but sunny. :mrgreen:
Absolutely. Hansi mentioned that even death metal fans like this album. And after reading lyrics for rehersals,he thought: we were young but all these dark lyrics, what was wrong with us at that time? :lol:
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#23 Post by Dragonfly » 07 Jun 2019 01:17

Traveller in Time wrote:
05 Jun 2019 10:21
Dragonfly wrote:
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Yes, another lovely video! It's always a pleasure to hear what the creator has to say about their work. If there's two creators involved, and they do so while trolling each other, even better!

Right, though the music of this ensemble is anything but sunny. :mrgreen:
Absolutely. Hansi mentioned that even death metal fans like this album. And after reading lyrics for rehersals,he thought: we were young but all these dark lyrics, what was wrong with us at that time? :lol:
I can totally see that happening though Blind Guardian has never been known for pastoral and happy lyrics either. Plus Schaffer's influence... I don't know much about Iced Earth but I guess they are a bit more grim than the bards...
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#24 Post by Guardian'86 » 08 Jun 2019 16:20

The next Demons & Wizards album, the third one, coming out in early 2020, should be way way better at least than the second one "Touched By The Crimson King" who is less good than the first one..."The Gunslinger" is the most beautiful song from this album, very huge song...there some other great songs but most of the listeners and fans, myself comprised, don't have a good opinion of this second album but overall can be considered a good album with some great songs. We can hear on it both influences of Iced Earth riffing and Blind Guardian influence also...but is Jon Schaffer guilty for this controversial record? Let's see what will happen with the next one....
What's your opinion on it???

p.s. I like "touched by the crimson king" but not as much as the first one....but it's very controversial...

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#25 Post by Traveller in Time » 08 Jun 2019 23:40

well the first album has this dark approach, totally destructive and dark. while touched by the crimson king has those pushing forward neckbraking songs like terror train and the gunslinger and the most beautiful ballade ever made: wicked witch.
i like both, although first one has some bonus, because of the artwork, fiddler on the green song meaning and overall concept.
touche dby the crimson king not liked by fans? Really? where have you read that fans do not like it? Well i guess the first one is always special, like with movies, everything is new. On the follow up you already have something in mind how it should be and expectations are high and you expect it to be better or improving than first one. and second has lost his surpirse element. touched by the crimson king has more variety if you ask me. all in all i don't wanna miss it :D

Concerning the third one: i have no expectations, hoping for some straight forward songs, without much details like in BG song, but power and some dark lyrics. And hopefully another surprising ballad.
But well as long Hansi is singing i will be satisfied :-)
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#26 Post by Dragonfly » 15 Jun 2019 23:59

In the meantime, there's a fresh interview with Jon and Hansi conducted before their 10 June show in Moscow. Some things mentioned there haven't been posted elsewhere, I believe, so I'll share the most interesting bits with you.

- All the songs for the new Demons & Wizards album are written, music is 90% recorded, vocals - about 50%; Hansi hopes to be done with recordings within the following month and mixing and production are to be completed by October with a possible release date in early 2020 (that bit we already know);
- the oldest three songs composed for the record are about three years old now;
- the guys already have some ideas for the cover artwork but no artist has been hired yet;
- one of the new songs is called "Diabolic" (I can already hear those evil Hansi screams) and it's pretty much "Heaven Denies", part 2 - again inspired by John Milton;
- another song (or possibly several) will be based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (potentially interesting...);
- also a song about Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive;
- Jon confirms he has written some of his very best guitar pieces and melodies for this album, Hansi agrees;
- Hansi says that "The Gunslinger", "Fiddler On The Green" and "My Last Sunrise" are all among the top 10 songs he's ever done;
...
- Jon: "Yeah, The Gunslinger is a real kick to the balls!"

You can find the interview here: http://metalkings.org/interviews/211 (only in Russian).
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#27 Post by priderock » 16 Jun 2019 09:17

WOW! Cool post, thanks for sharing!! :) :D

Actually, can't wait to hear it... Hope to be really dark - something between The first Demons and Wizards album and The Iced Earth's Dark Saga! :P :twisted:

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#28 Post by Guardian'86 » 16 Jun 2019 11:10

Dragonfly wrote:
15 Jun 2019 23:59
In the meantime, there's a fresh interview with Jon and Hansi conducted before their 10 June show in Moscow. Some things mentioned there haven't been posted elsewhere, I believe, so I'll share the most interesting bits with you.

- All the songs for the new Demons & Wizards album are written, music is 90% recorded, vocals - about 50%; Hansi hopes to be done with recordings within the following month and mixing and production are to be completed by October with a possible release date in early 2020 (that bit we already know);
- the oldest three songs composed for the record are about three years old now;
- the guys already have some ideas for the cover artwork but no artist has been hired yet;
- one of the new songs is called "Diabolic" (I can already hear those evil Hansi screams) and it's pretty much "Heaven Denies", part 2 - again inspired by John Milton;
- another song (or possibly several) will be based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (potentially interesting...);
- also a song about Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive;
- Jon confirms he has written some of his very best guitar pieces and melodies for this album, Hansi agrees;
- Hansi says that "The Gunslinger", "Fiddler On The Green" and "My Last Sunrise" are all among the top 10 songs he's ever done;
...
- Jon: "Yeah, The Gunslinger is a real kick to the balls!"

You can find the interview here: http://metalkings.org/interviews/211 (only in Russian).
Thanks for this updated !! Has he been asked about the orchestral album? I mean in terms of other full details ;) ...... anyway I am thrilled about the upcoming new chapter of Demons & Wizards, I guess they will do another tour supporting the album....

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Re: DEMONS & WIZARDS 3rd Album Announced

#29 Post by Dragonfly » 16 Jun 2019 23:28

You are all very welcome! :)
priderock wrote:
16 Jun 2019 09:17
WOW! Cool post, thanks for sharing!! :) :D

Actually, can't wait to hear it... Hope to be really dark - something between The first Demons and Wizards album and The Iced Earth's Dark Saga! :P :twisted:
I'm sure that at least certain density of darkness is guaranteed. :) The question is, can it be as grim as, say, the Azrael trilogy? All I know is it's got to be awesome!
Guardian'86 wrote:
16 Jun 2019 11:10
Dragonfly wrote:
15 Jun 2019 23:59
In the meantime, there's a fresh interview with Jon and Hansi conducted before their 10 June show in Moscow. Some things mentioned there haven't been posted elsewhere, I believe, so I'll share the most interesting bits with you.

- All the songs for the new Demons & Wizards album are written, music is 90% recorded, vocals - about 50%; Hansi hopes to be done with recordings within the following month and mixing and production are to be completed by October with a possible release date in early 2020 (that bit we already know);
- the oldest three songs composed for the record are about three years old now;
- the guys already have some ideas for the cover artwork but no artist has been hired yet;
- one of the new songs is called "Diabolic" (I can already hear those evil Hansi screams) and it's pretty much "Heaven Denies", part 2 - again inspired by John Milton;
- another song (or possibly several) will be based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (potentially interesting...);
- also a song about Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive;
- Jon confirms he has written some of his very best guitar pieces and melodies for this album, Hansi agrees;
- Hansi says that "The Gunslinger", "Fiddler On The Green" and "My Last Sunrise" are all among the top 10 songs he's ever done;
...
- Jon: "Yeah, The Gunslinger is a real kick to the balls!"

You can find the interview here: http://metalkings.org/interviews/211 (only in Russian).
Thanks for this updated !! Has he been asked about the orchestral album? I mean in terms of other full details ;) ...... anyway I am thrilled about the upcoming new chapter of Demons & Wizards, I guess they will do another tour supporting the album....
No, the interview concentrates on Demons & Wizards stuff only, so nothing about the orchestral project...
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