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Arsis Splits With Drummer Mike Van Dyne

Mike Van Dyne, drummer and founding member of Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal act Arsis, has announced his departure from the group. He says in a statement, "After five label releases and hundreds of shows in 19 countries, it's time to move forward and pursue my career full-time.

"The last fully-completed Arsis song I contributed to was 'Since The Shadows' (released online last year), and it's one of my favorites. Through the years, I've accomplished everything in music I wanted to do. Not many people can say that, and I consider myself fortunate for having so many great experiences."

Van Dyne performed on Arsis' debut album, "A Celebration Of Guilt," as well as "A Diamond For Disease" and "United In Regret" (Willowtip Records), "As Regret Becomes Guilt: The Demos Of Arsis" (Negative Existence Records), "Starve For The Devil" (Nuclear Blast Records), and "Since The Shadows" (2011 online release). From 2009 to 2011, Van Dyne toured Europe and North America extensively with the band, and performed on all of Arsis' early tours from 2003-2007. Van Dyne has also recorded and performed notable live shows with the New York-based hardcore band Crimson Mask.

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