January 25th, 2005


Good News

According to the official Blind-Guardian website:

"A Happy New Year to everyone! Though you have not heard a lot from us during the last months we have not been lazy at all. There are a lot of things going on at the moment. Just to mention a few: the Demons and Wizards production is making good progress and the same can be said about the songwriting for the next Blind Guardian album which is at a very important point.

André and I have completed 5 songs for the new album and 10 songs for the orchestral project. Yesterday, we had a meeting with Charlie Bauerfeind (who is going to produce both albums) during which we have set up a rough schedule for the next months. We definitely will start the production within the year and it won't take as much time to accomplish it as it did with "A Night at the Opera".

With regards to the next Demons and Wizards album I am happy to tell you that 5 songs have been mixed for it already and that there are 7 more to go. How many of them we are going to use for the regular album and how many we will use as bonus material I can ´t tell you right now. There are 11 Schaffer/Kürsch songs and one cover tune. We will be done with everything mid February. The album surely will be released in late spring, or early summer. I am very pleased with the songs and so is Jon. My favourite tune at the moment is called "Touched by the Crimson King". We have not spoken about an album title yet but have to make a decision rather soon. I will let you know.

Hansi "

The Demons and Wizards album arrives just in time for my birfday~
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ICED EARTH have posted the following update at their official web site:

"The new year will begin for ICED EARTH with the delivery of the long-awaited 'Gettysburg' DVD. This unique release will feature the epic work 'Gettysburg (1863)' from 2004's 'The Glorious Burden' stepping out of its stereo confines and expanding into a powerful 5.1-channel surround-sound mix. In fact, there will be two different surround-sound mixes (one 'metal' and one 'theatrical'), set to moving images. Additionally, the DVD will feature a historical commentary from the Gettysburg battlefield, an in-depth interview with [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon Schaffer, and the music videos created from 'The Glorious Burden' album, including the recently produced 'Declaration Day'. More details will follow."

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