Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s own Mantic Ritual have parted company with drummer Adam Haritan, calling the move “a mutual decision and we all agree that it’s best for everyone involved.” Well, isn’t that sweet. I hate amicable break-ups. It means there will be no smack talk forthcoming from either side. Dang.
The band’s debut LP, Executioner, dropped in 2009, and Mantic specialize in old school metal. I don’t know what that means, really, because they sound like any other metal band to me. In fact, they actually sound like their name. There aren’t many bands like that.
“It’s been obvious to us for some time that Adam was not as interested in making music as he once was, and we all thought this would be a good time for him to pursue other things while we found another drummer who can be fully dedicated to” the band, Mantic Ritual says in a statement. “There are no hard feelings between us, and we’re grateful for all the time and effort Adam has put into this band over the last five years. We wish him the best and we’re sure he’ll be successful in whatever path he chooses.”
Of course, the band now need a drummer. Think you’ve got what it takes? Swing by their MySpace page and hit them up. Meanwhile, Haritan claims — for his part — that his “heart has been pulling me in a different direction, and it has been hard to fight the urge to follow my passion. One year ago I had no idea that I’d be returning to school, immersed in a non-musical field, but that’s the way the universe works. I wish nothing but the best for the band, and hope the guys thrive in everything they do.”
He’s an awesome drummer and wants to go back to school. I went to college instead of learning drums, and I wish I was in a band. Go figure.
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