Thomen Stauch

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Thomen Stauch
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Thomen on Stage
Background information
Born (1970-03-11) 11 March 1970 (age 49)
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments Drums
Years active1985–present
Associated acts Blind Guardian, Savage Circus, Iron Savior, Coldseed, Serious Black

Thomas "The Omen" Stauch is a German heavy metal drummer, mostly known for having founded Blind Guardian. He played with them from 1984 to 1986, then 1987 to 2005, claiming dissatisfaction with the direction the band had taken in its latter years. He had previously founded Savage Circus along with Piet Sielck in 2004 and worked in other projects such as Iron Savior and Serious Black. [1] He began his career with the German power metal act Blind Guardian. He was a founding member of the band, playing drums on their 1985 demo, Symphonies of Doom. He remained with the band until April 2005,[ citation needed ] with his last release from the band being the live album Imaginations Through the Looking Glass, and his last studio album being the 2002 release A Night at the Opera .

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal combining characteristics of traditional heavy metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, power metal is characterized by a faster, lighter, and more uplifting sound, in contrast with the heaviness and dissonance prevalent for example in extreme metal. Power metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally "powerful" sound. The term was first used in the middle of the 1980s and refers to two different but related styles: the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to speed metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe, South America and Japan, with a lighter, more melodic sound and frequent use of keyboards.

Blind Guardian German power metal band

Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in 1984 in Krefeld, West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Ten musicians have been a part of the band's line-up in its history, which has consisted of singer Hansi Kürsch, guitarists André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen, and drummer Frederik Ehmke since 2005.

While still in Blind Guardian, he formed Savage Circus with friend Piet Sielck. Piet introduced him to Persuader vocalist Jens Carlsson and guitarist Emil Norberg, who completed the band's lineup. They released their debut album Dreamland Manor in August 2005. Due to health problems causing him to miss too many gigs, Thomen left the band on 17 August 2007 but came back to the line-up in 2012. [2]

Savage Circus is a German/Swedish power metal band originally created as a side project by Thomen Stauch before leaving Blind Guardian.

Piet Sielck is a power metal guitarist, vocalist and producer. He is member of the power/speed metal band Iron Savior as well as owner of the studio Powerhouse in Hamburg.

Persuader is a Swedish power metal band from the city Umeå in the Swedish province of Västerbotten Norrland. The band was formed in 1997, and they have since released four full-length albums. They have a sound similar to bands including early Blind Guardian, Iron Savior, and Nocturnal Rites, although Persuader includes influences of thrash metal also. Members Jens and Emil joined the band Savage Circus in 2005, started by Thomen Stauch after he left Blind Guardian.

He joined the band Seelenzorn in September 2008. [3]

He has also played drums for the band Coldseed with Soilwork frontman Björn "Speed" Strid.

Coldseed is a European heavy metal band. It is led by Swedish frontman vocalist Björn Strid of Soilwork and Terror 2000. The five other members are German drummer Thomen Stauch, his countrymen bassist Oliver Holzwarth and keyboardist Mi Schüren, plus Swedish guitarist Thorsten Praest and Spanish Gonzalo Alfageme López.

Soilwork Swedish death metal band

Soilwork is a Swedish Melodic Death Metal band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork.

Stauch is known for his fast and technical drumming skill, especially on the Blind Guardian album A Night at the Opera , where he mixes the traditional intensity and speed of the band's older style, with new, more technical and progressive elements. He is a user of Premier Drums, Paiste cymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks.

<i>A Night at the Opera</i> (Blind Guardian album) 2002 studio album by Blind Guardian

A Night at the Opera is a 2002 album by the German power metal band Blind Guardian. It is named after the 1975 Queen album of the same name, which is itself named after the Marx brothers film of the same name.

Paiste company

Paiste is a Swiss-based Estonian manufacturer and designer of cymbals. It is the world's third largest manufacturer of cymbals, gongs, and metal percussion. Paiste is an Estonian and Finnish word that means "shine". Their eponymous sunrise can be seen in the logos for their 2002 line and their Twenty line.

Cymbal common percussion instrument

A cymbal is a common percussion instrument. Often used in pairs, cymbals consist of thin, normally round plates of various alloys. The majority of cymbals are of indefinite pitch, although small disc-shaped cymbals based on ancient designs sound a definite note. Cymbals are used in many ensembles ranging from the orchestra, percussion ensembles, jazz bands, heavy metal bands, and marching groups. Drum kits usually incorporate at least a crash, ride, or crash/ride, and a pair of hi-hat cymbals. A player of cymbals is known as a cymbalist.

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  1. "Thomen Stauch - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  2. "Thomen Stauch official website". 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  3. "Seelenzorn". Seelenzorn. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2011-10-28.