Origin: Tampa, Florida, USA  
Genres: Power Metal
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Last update/review: September 5, 2022

Demons & Wizards

This side project featuring Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) had been brewing for some time, and finally became official in 2000, releasing a hotly-anticipated album that appears to have met fan expectations, as it combined several elements of both of the aforementioned bands, particularly the latter. Predictably this band went through long periods of inactivity as the two guys focused on their own bands, but two more albums were released in 2005 and 2020. After that, Schaffer's political leanings and eventual involvement in the 2021 Capitol riots proved too much for Kursch, who decided to end his involvement in the project.

Last Lineup

Hansi Kürsch

vocals (Blind Guardian)

Jon Schaffer

bass/guitars (Iced Earth, Purgatory, ex-Sons Of Liberty)

Former Members/Guests

Jim Morris (guest)

lead guitar (guest for Purgatory, ex-Sons Of Liberty)

Jake Dreyer (guest)

guitars (ex-Iced Earth, ex-White Wizzard, Witherfall)

Rubin Drake (guest)


Mark Prator (guest)

drums (ex-Iced Earth, guest for Purgatory)

Bobby Jarzombek (guest)

drums (ex-Arch/Matheos, Fates Warning, ex-Halford, ex-Juggernaut, ex-Painmuseum, ex-Riot V, Spastic Ink)

Brent Smedley (guest)

drums (Iced Earth, Out Of Darkness, ex-Oracle)


Demons & Wizards  
1999 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Rites Of Passage
  2. Heaven Denies
  3. Poor Mans Crusade
  4. Fiddler On The Green
  5. Blood On My Hands
  6. Path Of Glory
  7. Winter Of Souls
  8. The Whistler
  9. Tear Down The Wall
  10. Gallows Pole
  11. My Last Sunrise
  12. Chant
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Jon Schaffer
  • Jim Morris
  • Mark Prator
1999 Readers' Album #98

Touched By The Crimson King  
2005 Steamhammer/SPV
  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
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Jon Schaffer
  • Jim Morris
  • Rubin Drake
  • Bobby Jarzombek
2005 Readers' Album #18

2020 Century Media
  1. Diabolic
  2. Invincible
  3. Wolves In Winter
  4. Final Warning
  5. Timeless Spirit
  6. Dark Side Of Her Majesty
  7. Midas Disease
  8. New Dawn
  9. Universal Truth
  10. Split
  11. Children Of Cain
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Jon Schaffer
  • Jim Morris
  • Jake Dreyer
  • Rubin Drake
  • Brent Smedley

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