Demons & Wizards signs with Century Media. Third album and re-issues to follow!
As previously reported here at Stargazed Magazine, Demons & Wizards – the collaboration Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) – will perform at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival, taking place on June 5th-8th 2019 in Sölvesborg, south of Sweden.
Century Media Records has now announced the signing of this legendary metal act for a worldwide collaboration. Founded in 1999, the duo has released two highly acclaimed albums in 1999 (“Demons & Wizards”) and 2005 (“Touched by the Crimson King”). Currently, the band is busy recording the highly anticipated yet untitled third studio album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2020.
Prior to the release of the new studio album, Century Media Records will release Demons & Wizards’ sold out first two albums as reworked special editions. Remastered by Zeuss (Iced Earth, Queensrÿche, Sanctuary), these two releases will be out on June 7th, 2019 as Limited Edition Digipak and limited Deluxe 2LP releases with bonus material and liner notes by both members. The digital standard versions of the remastered albums will be made available on March 29th, 2019, in order to promote the band’s festival run in Europe.
Hansi Kürsch comments:
“It is a great pleasure and a big honor for me to finally become a full part of the Century Media family. Jon and I both feel that Century Media is the perfect match for our upcoming Demons & Wizards missions. And there will be plenty of them. Right at the moment we have not only finalized a re-boot of our first two albums, but are also working with full forces on the successor of “Touched by the Crimson King”. Good things are on its way. Expect nothing but the best and do not miss us on the road this summer, unless you want to risk another 20 years of waiting …”
Philipp Schulte (Century Media Records) adds:
“To say that we are stoked to be finally working with Hansi and Jon on a new Demons & Wizards album would be an understatement. This is a very important signing to the label: A top-tier metal band and a great addition to the label’s roster. The fans have been patiently waiting for Demons & Wizards’ return. And now the time is near! We start our cooperation by re-releasing the band’s two classic albums, before they are conquering the festival stages all across Europe. And then, in the beginning of 2020, after 15 years of waiting, Demons & Wizards will finally return with a new studio album. It is time to hoist the sails for the storm to come. Welcome aboard!”
DEMONS & WIZARDS live:
31.05.2019 Garage, Saarbrücken (DE)
01.06.2019 Z7, Pratteln (CH)
02.06.2019 Batschkapp, Frankfurt (DE)
19.06.2019 Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen (DK)
21.06.2019 Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel (B)
21.06.2019 Hellfest, Clisson (FR)
29.06.2019 Dokk’em Open Air, Dokkum (NL)
30.06.2019 Islington Assembly Hall, London (UK)
04.07.2019 Barcelona Rock Fest, Barcelona (ES)
06.07.2019 Chania Rock Festival, Chania (GR)
21.07.2019 Metaldays, Tolmin (SVN)
01.-03.08.2019 Wacken Open Air, Wacken (DE)
05.09.2019 ProgPower, Atlanta (US)