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Review: Demons & Wizards - Touched By The Crimson King
Demons & Wizards
www.icedearth.com/dw
Touched By The Crimson King

Label: SPV
Year released: 2005
Duration: 66:53
Tracks: 14
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 10, 2005
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Although I have been slightly lax in my duties as a contributor (now that would be an understatement) to the glory that is Metal Crypt I just could not pass the opportunity by to review this album. The sophomore effort to the incredibly well received debut can simply be summed up by one word…WOW!

I was afraid this album would suffer by comparison since the debut was so damn good but after repeated listens I feel as though this album is as good if not better than the debut. The album is certainly slightly lighter and the lyrics were better on the last one but overall I think the songs are tighter and well defined on Crimson King. I am certainly glad the formula hasn't changed since we still have a perfect mixture of Iced Earth and Blind Guardian which in my opinion are two of the best bands out there right now. I can't say that this album is perfect since there are a couple of tracks that I can certainly live without….Wicked Witch comes to mind rather quickly. I really don't understand the purpose of having the weakest song on the album have another version as a bonus track but then again I am writing reviews and not making albums so what the hell do I know. One thing that really defines this album is simply that when the songs are good they are incredible such as Crimson King, Seize the Day, Love's Tragedy Asunder, Dorian, Down Where I Am and the extremely well done cover of the Led Zeppelin classic Immigrant Song.

Overall if you liked the debut you will certainly not be disappointed by the latest offering and if you are a fan of either Iced Earth or Blind Guardian you can't go wrong with this purchase. Highly Recommended.


Track Listing:
  1. Crimson King
  2. Beneath These Waves
  3. Terror Train
  4. Seize the Day
  5. The Gunslinger
  6. Love's Tragedy Asunder
  7. Wicked Witch
  8. Dorian
  9. Down Where I Am
  10. Immigrant Song
  11. Lunar Lament (Bonus)
  12. Wicked Witch (Slow Version)(Bonus)
  13. Spatial Architects (Bonus)
  14. Beneath These Waves(edit)(Bonus)
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