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Ralph Santolla Recording With Deicide, Has Not Rejoined The Band However

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According to Earache Records, veteran guitarist Ralph Santolla has rejoined DEICIDE and is currently hard at work recording his guitar parts for DEICIDE's 2008 release, "Till Death Do Us Part", at Morrisound Studios in Florida.

DEICIDE had previously parted ways with Ralph Santolla back in May of this year. Over the course of the following months, he would spend the summer touring with OBITUARY and pushing his talent as far as it could go. When he was asked to rejoin DEICIDE in time for the recording of "Till Death Do Us Part", Santolla came back to the fold as a man possessed and he had come back, literally better than ever before.

While there will inevitably be naysayers who doubt the decision, DEICIDE drummer Steve Asheim insists that Ralph Santolla's return will only strengthen the maniacal musical landscape that DEICIDE is known for. "Ralph is really reaching towards the very depths of his abilities to come up with something completely fresh and challenging," he said.

Even those outside of the band have given nothing but positive feedback on Ralph Santolla's progress during the recording sessions. "Jim Morris came and told me that Ralph has been coming up with some of the greatest metal riffs and licks that he's ever heard;" said Asheim. "Ralph's really pushing his abilities to the limit, coming up with things that he's never been able to do before."

However, Ralph Santolla himself has issued a statement almost immediately after this was announced claiming:

"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."

However, Ralph Santolla himself has issued a statement almost immediately after this was announced claiming:

"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.

Source: Blabbermouth

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Aaaaawesome. Santolla pretty much made their last cd, the solos from Stench stick in my head for ages. If it's as good as their previous effort I'll be happy. btw, touring with Death, Obituary, Deicide - Santolla sure has some luck!

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