Guitarist extraordinaire Ralph Santolla (DEATH, DEICIDE, SEBASTIAN BACH, ICED EARTH) has sent the following statement ot BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"Just to set the record straight — I'm not playing with Sebastian Bach [anymore]. When I joined DEICIDE, it was apparent that I had too many things going on at the same time. DEICIDE has kept me pretty busy, and has a lot of things on the horizon. I also have my band with Johhny Lenaerts, STARE, that I've been working on for the last two years, plus the EX CATHEDRA project, and at some point, a new instrumental album. Something had to give. Steve DiGiorgio, Johhny Lenaerts, and Bobby Jarzombek from Sebastian's band are like my brothers. I'm the one that got Steve and Johnny in that band. When Metal Mike joined, I was thinking, 'We're gonna have a shredfest.' But that also would have meant that Johnny would have been in only when Mike wasn't available because of HALFORD. So I had to make a choice based on a lot of factors, and I had to choose DEICIDE. There's no hard feelings on my part. Sebastian really does love metal, it's not a front. And he can sing like crazy. If it were up to him, he'd drop a lot of the SKID ROW songs and do five records that sound like 'Screaming for Vengeance'. But a lot of his fans wanna hear those tunes, so he does it for them. I may still have some involvement with his new record, we'll see."


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