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Thomen on Stage
|Born||11 March 1970|
|Genres||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Associated acts||Blind Guardian, Savage Circus, Iron Savior, Coldseed, Serious Black|
Thomas ("The Omen") Stauch (born 11 March 1970) is a heavy metal drummer who has worked with various bands in the past and is the current drummer for Serious Black. 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, 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.
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.
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.