ANGEL DUST: Is The End Near?

German power metallers ANGEL DUST appear to have imploded over ego clashes and money disagreements, causing bassist Frank Banx to announce his decision to relocate to the US and start up a new version of the group with guitarist Ritchie Wilkison and an as-yet-unnamed new drummer and singer.

"ANGEL DUST is not dead," Banx proclaimed via a posting in the guestbook on the group's official web site. "Ritchie Wilkison and I will soon start to work on the new album. We've got an awesome new drummer and singer and we'll re-release Into The Dark Past and To Dust You Will Decay probably [by the end of the year]. Also, we will probably tour the USA and Canada again this year."

In an earlier posting, the bassist offered some details on the disagreements that led to the group's cancellation of the Wacken Open Air and Metal Dayz festival appearances (both scheduled for this weekend).

"I'm very, very sorry that I must tell you that my band ANGEL DUST is not able to appear on Metal Dayz in Pratteln, as well as i must cancel the Wacken Open Air, 'cause my drummer and so called 'long time friend' Dirk Assmuth doesn't want to play these shows and I have no chance at all to rehearse with any German or European drummer to make these shows happen, 'cause I'm in Milwaukee USA, to play at Metal Fest. Dirk Assmuth told me that he's got something better to do than playing these two more shows for you. I tried my best to make it happen, but it's impossible. The pay of 275 euro/ $ for Wacken Open Air does not cover the costs for the flights of Nick Seelinger from Denver-based band SILENCER, who drummed the last tour with RHAPSODY in Europe and the Prog Power Fest in Atlanta / USA, 'cause Dirk Assmuth didn't want to play these shows [either]."

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