Update: RALPH SANTOLLA: 'I Am Not, And Never Was, Rejoining DEICIDE'

Guitarist Ralph Santolla has released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET contradicting an Earache Records press release which claimed that Ralph was "rejoining" DEICIDE and was taking part in the recording sessions for the group's new album, "Till Death Do Us Part".

"I am not, and never was, rejoining DEICIDE," Ralph told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I have no idea why anyone would put out the statement I just read on Blabbermouth.

"I agreed to play on the new [DEICIDE] CD for two reasons: first, I owe one more album on the contract I signed, and I want to be absolutely free from Earache as soon as possible. Secondly, Steve Asheim [DEICIDE drummer] is my good friend and a great musician, I love his music. I gave my best in the studio because his music deserves it, and because that is the way I work.

"When things fell apart with DEICIDE, I was fortunate enough to land in OBITUARY. I am totally happy being in this band in every way, and the only regret I have is that this good fortune came at the expense of Big Al [Allen West, ex-OBITUARY guitarist] having some pretty serious problems."

DEICIDE is currently putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Till Death Do Us Part", at Morrisound Studios in Florida for an early 2008 release via Earache.

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