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Demons & Wizards

Formed: 1997
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active


Demons & Wizards is a new project featuring Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth and Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian. Combining the heavy crunch and dark melodies of Iced Earth with the powerful vocals and bombastic choirs of Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards sounds just like a combination of those two excellent bands, and at the same time, creates something entirely unique.
Jon and Hansi have been both friends and fans of each other's work for many years, and have long wanted to create some music with each other. They've finally managed to squeeze some time out of their busy schedules with their own bands to create a whole album together.

Latest Demons & Wizards News

Below is our complete Demons & Wizards news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Iced Earth Posts New "Dystopia" Webisode

Iced Earth has posted a new "Dystopia" webisode online, which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:

"If you're a fan of Hansi Kursch and Demons and Wizards (and, really, who isn't?), you'll love Freddie's latest behind-the-scenes Webisode. Enjoy!

"(And make sure you send Freddie Vidales a huge THANK YOU for taking the time to create these amazing reports.)"

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Iced Earth Video Interview Available

Metalinjection.net recently interviewed Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards, Sons of Liberty) on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. You can check out the clip below, which features Jon talking about playing the boat, if we can expect new Demons & Wizards, and what the future holds for Iced Earth.

Click Here To Watch The Video

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Jon Schaffer Talks About DVD and Demons & Wizards

Jon Schaffer and IcedEarth.com got together on March 13, 2009 for an update on the band's forthcoming live DVD as well Jon's plans for the immediate future.

The audio interview can be downloaded here (mp3 format, 8.4 MB). The main talking points of the interview are outlined below.

Regarding the immediate plans for ICED EARTH:

JS: “Well, right now I’m wrapping up the post-production for the, “FESTIVALS OF THE WICKED” DVD which I expect will come out late Summer or Fall of this year. I don’t know that for sure, it depends on when we wrap things up, but that’s the plan. That’s the next project.

“ICED EARTH is going to be taking some downtime. I’ve been very, very busy. I haven’t taken any kind of vacation in six years and I have been non-stop ICED EARTH for three-and-a-half years - from the beginning of the writing of both of these records through the recording, the touring – and there has been a lot of touring…it’s just time. I need to step back from it a little bit. And I’ve got other things planned for this year which I’ll be announcing in due course, but my goals are for right now are to get the DVD finished and (then) to get away completely – no cell phones, no e-mail, no contact with the outside world, just me and my family at a very nice isolated place, no music business, no nothing, and it’s going to be awesome. That’s going to be cool and I plan to come back completely recharged and ready to kill.”

Regarding the kind of projects Jon will be working on after returning from vacation: More...

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Demons & Wizards Video To Premier On HBB

DEMONS & WIZARDS's video for the track "Terror Train" will receive its "Headbanger's Ball" premiere this Saturday, October 8 beginning at 10:00 pm. EST/7:00 p.m. PST. The clip, which is available for viewing at this location, was shot on location in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Roger Johansson (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, IN FLAMES, NAPALM DEATH).

Tune in to Headbangers Ball on MTV2 this Saturday, October 8th, at 10 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. PST to catch "Terror Train", the new video from Demons & Wizards.

As previously reported, DEMONS & WIZARDS's sophomore album, "Touched by the Crimson King", was released in Japan on September 22 with the following bonus tracks: "Lunar Lament", "Wicked Witch" (slow version) and "Spatial Architects". The CD also includes the "Terror Train" video.

The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" features an appearance by ICED EARTH/HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek.

DEMONS & WIZARDS is the collaboration between Kürsch and Jon Schaffer of ICED EARTH.

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New Demons & Wizards Video Available

Demons & Wizards have made the new video for their song "Terror Train" available here. The video was shot in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Roger Johansson.

The song comes off the band's latest album, "Touched By The Crimson King", which was released via SPV on June 27th in Europe and June 28th in North America.

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Iced Earth To Do Two-Part Concept Album

On Track Magazine recently conducted an interview with Iced Earth/Demons & Wizards guitarist Jon Schaffer. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Jon: "...I'm very excited about what's comin' up and it's gonna be a while because we're finally gonna do the 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' story on the most awesome concept record that we've ever done. So I'm gonna start writing that very soon and Tim's [Owens, vocals] excited about it and we're just gonna come back with a vengeance, man."

On Track Magazine: Very cool, awesome.

Jon: "Yeah we’re for sure gonna do that, and it wasn’t that it was given to me, but it’s been somethin’ that I’ve been pitchin’ to SPV that I had to have certain commitments from them in order to carry on with it. Believe it or not, after all these years, especially around the writing process for The Glorious Burden, I was thinkin’, ‘Man, you know, I’ve gotta finish the Something Wicked thing one of these days.’ And I wonder if, after all these years, if I’m still gonna be inspired enough to want to do it; to really get into it and to tell the story the way it needs to be told. And I think, because my daughter being born, I’m finally able to…. I don’t know man, I feel psyched, I’m totally pumped and ready to attack this thing. And SPV’s goin’ along with my plan - the decision was made Friday that we’re gonna do it. It’s gonna be two albums: it’s gonna be a Part I and then Part II will probably be released six months later. Part I will come out as we’re finishing up Part II and then we’ll probably kick off the world tour with the release of Part II. So it’s gonna probably be three and a half hours of music and I mean, I’m tellin’ a story that is sci-fi kind of horror, conspiracy theory, but it’s based over twelve thousand years of human history; there’s a lot to tackle in this thing. The trilogy was just a teaser to the whole story and what we’re gonna be gettin’ in to is so much bigger. And that’s actually the big news, I know there have been a lot of people that have been wantin’ that to happen for a long time."

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New Demons & Wizards Audio Sample Available

A one-minute, 45-second sample of a new DEMONS & WIZARDS track, entitled "The Gunslinger", is available for download at this location. "The Gunslinger" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "Touched by the Crimson King", due on June 27 via SPV Records. The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" (view cover here) will feature the following track listing: More...

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New Demons & Wizards Album Details Revealed

Demons & Wizards, the project featuring Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth and Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, have set "Touched by the Crimson King" as the title of their sophomore album, due June 27 via SPV Records.

The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" will feature the following track listing:

01. Crimson King
02. Beneath These Waves
03. Terror Train
04. Seize the Day
05. The Gunslinger
06. Love's Tragedy Asunder
07. Wicked Witch
08. Dorian
09. Down Where I Am
10. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)

There is currently talk about Demons & Wizards filming a video for their version of "Immigrant Song". However, at press time, this has not yet been officially confirmed.

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Demons & Wizards Drum Tracks Completed

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, Halford) has posted this message on his official website:

We're already two weeks into the New Year - high time to fill you in on what's been cooking and what's in store for the immediate future.

Last month I flew out to Tampa, Florida to record my drum tracks for the new Demons & Wizards CD. This was my first time recording at the famous Morrisound Studios and it was great working with Jim Morris. He's an excellent engineer/producer and gets some KILLER drum tones. Jon (Schaffer) and Hansi (Kuersch) wrote some real cool songs for this one. No release date as of yet though. Another album I recorded drums for a while back, Rob Rock's AFM debut "Holy Hell", should be out in April. My Halfard band mate Roy Z co-wrote the tunes, produced and plays guitar on it so you know it's gonna rock!

Speaking of recordings, I recently did an interview with the "Brazil Under Ice" Iced Earth fansite where I commented on several of my favorite CDs that I played on. Here's the link.

For those of you that don't know, I released my drum video "Performance & Technique" on VHS a year and a half ago. Well, after a year of shooting new footage, editing, authoring, contract negotiations, etc. - it's finally done: My instructional drum DVD "Performance & Technique" has just been released by Warner Bros. Publications and will be making its debut appearance at the NAMM show this week in Anaheim, California from (Thur.) Jan. 20th - (Sun.) 23rd. "P&T" will be getting heavy rotation on the TVs in the Warner Bros. Publications booth (#3500) - so stop by and check it out.

The DVD version of "Performance & Technique" contains footage not included in the original VHS version including 4 bonus segments and PDF transcriptions for DVD-ROM. I will update my website in a couple of weeks with complete descriptions of the new segments and a link to order the "Performance & Technique" DVD.

Last but not least, I will also be making a couple of personal appearances at the NAMM show. I'll be at the Vic Firth Sticks booth (along with a few other drummers) at 3:00pm on Saturday doing a signing session and I'm also performing a drum solo at the Pearl Drums booth at 10:00 on Sunday morning. See you there!

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No Iced Earth Gigs Until Summer 2005

Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer's back problems persist and Iced Earth is not expected to tour until the Eurpoean fest circuit next summer. He's posted a Lengthy message to Iced Earth's message boards:

"Hello All!

It's time for an update once again. Things have been pretty crazy between the awesome news of being a future father for the first time, the back problems and the numerous doctor visits; MRI's, EMG's and a load of other tests, a new business that has taken off and grown much quicker than expected (Spirit of 76 Collectibles), the Gettysburg DVD, Iced Earth's day to day, Demons & Wizards, a 4 figure miniature series called "The Great Americans" and another line-up change.

Unfortunately for me, the guys in the band, the crew, the label, and more importantly the fans, we will not be touring Europe or anywhere else until summer 2005 due to my serious lower back problems and the fact that I'll be a father in early March. We plan on playing many of the big European festivals next summer and they are being booked at present.

This is the main reason that Jimmy is no longer with Iced Earth. He called me after it was obvious that I.E. would not be touring for a while and asked if I would mind if he auditioned for Megadeth. I wished him luck and told him that if he can go out and earn money by playing bass he should do it. This is a tough business and it's not easy for musicians to make a living when they're in an underground band that is not touring. That's why so many musicians that are in bands and have records out also have day jobs. Tim, Bobby and I wish Jimbo all the best!

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Schaffer's Iced Earth And Demons & Wizards Update

ICED EARTH frontman Jon Schaffer has posted this huge update offering news on both Iced Earth And Demons & Wizards at the band’s official website (www.icedearth.com): More...

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