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
09. Down Where I Am
10. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)
Acording to a update posted in his website Bobby Jarzombek was working on the new Demons & Wizards as well with Roc Rock, here are his words:
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 Halford band mate Roy Z co-wrote the tunes, produced and plays guitar on it so you know it's gonna rock!
"WIZARD are currently working on the songs for the successor of their 2003 released concept-album "Odin" and will start with the pre-production soon. According to the band, the lyrics will be "Wizard style" again and just as the fans expect them to be. The recording of the album is planned to take place in January/February of 2005 with the release set for May.
On a private note, two anticipated "releases" -or captures?- are taking place within the next few days. Guitarist Michael Maass will be the last of the Wizards to let go of his bachelor's life. His new marital duties are not the reason for him to take a break though. Extension studies and the resulting lack of time will cause him to quit for a while. Standing in for him will be his former Vebrifuge bandmate Dano Boland, who will also be recording the new album with the band.