It’s hard to convey perfection by describing the merits of an album through the written word. As a Heavy Metal listener I bought this album as a result of the recommendation of a friend. At first I hesitated. “Demons & Wizards? Never heard of them.” I later realized that it was a collaborative effort by the frontman of Blind Guardian and the guitarist of Iced Earth. I was vaguely familiar with these bands, perhaps having heard a song or two in passing without much thought or worry. When I played this for the first time it blew me away. It was the first album I’ve purchased in the past five years that I have actually moved to my personal top ten list. It is that good. I popped the CD in my car while driving home from a rough day at work and happened to have my attention diverted from the road to “Fiddler on the Green”, a dark and melodic tale about the Grim Reaper or “Death” and how Death realizes how he is prone to make mistakes as well and can feel sympathy for his victims, especially if they are young children. The first three or four times I heard the song it sent chills down my spine during the segway from atmospheric acoustic guitar work, to heavy rock at its finest. There is not one filler or bad song on this album, and even includes a bonus track of “White Room” by Cream, strutting the band’s scope and complexity with their unique and faithful take on this classic track. If I was stranded on a desert island with only one CD, this incredible work, without question, would be the one I keep my sanity with.