Touched by the Crimson King
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|Touched by the Crimson King|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 27, 2005|
|Genre||Power metal, progressive metal|
|Label||Warner/Chapell & BG Publishing & Platinum Songs Unlimited|
|Producer||Jim Morris with Schaffer and Kürsch|
|Demons & Wizards chronology|
Touched by the Crimson King is the second album by the power metal supergroup Demons and Wizards, released in June 2005. The album contains a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." It was also released as a limited edition digipak in Europe with an alternate cover and four bonus tracks on a second disc. For the North American release, all fourteen songs appeared on one disc, which had the limited edition cover in the form of a sleeve around the jewel case.
It appeared on the American Billboard charts on place 35.
All tracks are written by Jon Schaffer and Hansi Kürsch, except where noted.
|2.||"Beneath These Waves"||5:11|
|4.||"Seize the Day"||5:22|
|6.||"Love's Tragedy Asunder"||5:26|
|9.||"Down Where I Am"||4:54|
|10.||"Immigrant Song"||Jimmy Page, Robert Plant||2:28|
|12.||"Wicked Witch" (slow version)||3:57|
|14.||"Beneath These Waves" (edit)||3:40|
- Hansi Kürsch - vocals
- Jon Schaffer - lead, rhythm, bass, and acoustic guitars
- Guest musicians
- Bobby Jarzombek - drums and percussion
- Jim Morris - guitar solos and backing vocals
- Rubin Drake - bass and fretless bass guitar
- Howard Helm - piano and backing vocals
- Kathy Helm - backing vocals
- Tori Fuson - backing vocals
- Jesse Morris - backing vocals
- Krystyna Kolaczynski - cello
- "Crimson King" is a reference to the Crimson King, the main antagonist of The Dark Tower series. The song also strongly references Randall Flagg, one of the King's many servants. Hansi in an interview has also stated that the Crimson King is Satan.
- "The Gunslinger" is referring to Roland of Gilead, the protagonist of the Dark Tower series. The song refers mainly to the plot of the final book of the series.
- "Terror Train" is a reference to Blaine the Mono, from the third and fourth novels of the Dark Tower series.
- "Beneath These Waves" is based on Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
- "Seize the Day" is based on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
- "Love's Tragedy Asunder" is about a man whose wife is terminally ill, and he assists her suicide, and ends up killing himself.
- "Wicked Witch" is about the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.
- "Dorian" is about Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
- "Down Where I Am" is about a baby born with Down syndrome and the struggle of his father and the emotions going in and out of his mind.
- ^ a b Allmusic review
- ^ "Demons & Wizards - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com.
- ^ "Interviews: The Many Projects of Jon Schaffer From Iced Earth - Sea of Tranquility - The Web Destination for Progressive Music!". www.seaoftranquility.org.
- ^ a b "Interview with Jon Schaffer". Archived from the original on December 1, 2008.