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Mantic Ritual Parts Ways with Singer/Guitarist Dan Wetmore

Pittsburgh old school metal band MANTIC RITUAL just announced the departure of founding member/singer/guitarist Dan Wetmore. All scheduled shows will take place as planned.

The band issued the following statement, "After much consideration, Dan has decided to no longer continue with MANTIC RITUAL. We are greatly appreciative of his tremendous contributions to the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. For the upcoming tours this fall, our good friend, Dave Watson, will be filling in as singer/guitarist. We've known Dave for quite some time, and besides being a killer musician, he's an outstanding sound engineer as well (he mixed our 2007 self-released demo, 'Executioner'). We have no doubt that Dave will be a perfect fit for us these next few months, and that the band will continue delivering fist-pumping rock 'n roll like it's 1955."

Commented Dan Wetmore, "It has been hard for me to make this decision as I love Adam, Ben, and Jeff and the music we've made together. I've always been dedicated to the band and truly enjoyed playing and writing material. Still, I've had the desire to focus on photography for quite some time and I don't see myself spending life on the road. It is my personal choice to leave the band and return to school. Despite conflicting feelings, I know currently, this is the best decision for me. The outcome is very hard to face, as I've enjoyed the past five years and progress we've made. I'm sure some might think I'm crazy or stupid, but I'll eat that. The guys are dedicated and I'm positive they'll do well with Dave taking my place. All the best to them, they're my pals."

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1. Peter writes:

Holy sh**. Can't believe this.

I f***ing loved their 'Executioner' album. For me, they're one of the best of the new wave of thrash bands around. And then this happens...

All the best to the guys in the band and to Dan though, hopefully they'll keep going strong and keep creating kick a$$ thrash.

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2. Jenny writes:

Yeah, I have 'Executioner' too; fun album. It was weird reading the title of the article, but once I read that it's all cuz Dan doesn't wanna do it anymore, and his reasons for why he doesn't wanna do it anymore, I'm good with it. His statement is just so honest and I admire that. If he doesn't wanna go on, I don't want him to either. Much luck to him and the band; Mantic Ritual is just beginning.

# Sep 8, 2009 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. That_One_Guy writes:

That blows hard. But I understand and support his decision to do what he thinks is best.

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4. SHREDDER13 writes:

Damn this sukks man...Dan mixed in well with the band. He's a real cool guy though, I caught him outside a gig once and he was telling me how great it was for him and the band to tour with huge acts like Exodus and Destruction. He sure does have a passion for photography though. He would always walk around with a digital camera hanging from his neck. I wish him the best of luck in his future quests. As for the band, I'm looking forward to seeing how they will sound with this new guy "Dave Watson." Damn...this is really a huge bummer though.

\,,l "Black Tar Sin" by Mantic Ritual l,,/

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5. Jenny writes:

You know this news is making me wonder if it's better for a band member to pull out early or if they should pull out after a few albums...pros and cons to both ways I guess.

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