U.K.-based metallers POWER QUEST have issued the following update:"Following on from the departures of long-standing members Steve Scott (bass) and Alessio Garavello (vocals) earlier in 2009, it is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Andrea Martongelli (guitar) and Francesco Tresca (drums) have also decided to call time on their tenure in POWER QUEST. "Andrea has recently taken on a lot more teaching work in Italy and has also got a lot of work to do with his band ARTHEMIS and, as a result, felt he wouldn't be able to dedicate enough of his time to POWER QUEST as he would have liked and has done in the past. Francesco came to the conclusion that it would not make sense to have a drummer based in Italy when he realized that the new guys were more than likely going to be U.K.-based. He is now teaching drums regularly in Italy as well as working with his band HYPNOTHETICALL." Founding POWER QUEST member Steve Williams commented: "Well, it's certainly been an eventful year! That's probably the understatement of the year as well! It was a wrench to see Steve and Alessio leaving earlier in the year but to hear from 'Doc' and 'Checco' that they were stepping down as well, it felt like being hit by a sledgehammer! However, I must point out that after working with these guys for so many years now, the split is perfectly amicable. Friendships have been formed that will last a lifetime and I wish the guys all the very best for the future and I look forward to hanging out with them again in Italy very soon!" Your very last chance to catch POWER QUEST with Alessio, Andrea and Francesco will be on Saturday, September 26 at Metalfest which is being held at JB's in Dudley, U.K. POWER QUEST's new lineup will be revealed on September 28. POWER QUEST's latest album, "Master of Illusion", was released last year via Napalm Records/Avalon Marquee (Japan). Guest musicians on the CD include keyboardist Richard West from the U.K. progressive metal band THRESHOLD, Jorn Viggo Lofstad from the Norwegian power metal act PAGAN'S MIND and FOURWAYKILL singer Chris Neighbour.
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