Demons And Wizards
Demons And Wizards (1997-present): a Power Metal band from USA.
ne can ask the question of this band's name: who is the demon and who is the wizard? For one of the two protagonists the question seemed to be clear enough. "I identify myself more with the wizard," once explained Hansi Kürsch, whose day-job was also frontman and bassist of the German Prog. band Blind Guardian, and now singer of the Demons & Wizards project. His statement definitely leaves a clear implication that Jon Schaffer (of Iced Earth) must be the "demon".
The first idea for this side project super group dates back to the spring of 1997. Kürsch and Schaffer, were close friends for years since touring together with their original formations Blind Guardian and Iced Earth. They started working directly together when they composed a song (which appeared on the Demons And Wizards debut album under the title My Last Sunrise later). The remaining problem was not artistic but time, for they had commitments in their current acts. In the Autumn of 1998 they agreed to get together when Blind Guardian had completed their Nightfall In Middle Earth tour and when Schaffer was able to present his friend and partner with the first song-fragments.