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Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth/Obituary/Deicide) Has Died (1966-2018)

It’s once again with great sadness that I must share the news about another of our Heavy Metal stalwarts having passed with guitarist Ralph Santolla. Recently, his personal Facebook profile found the musician noting that he was not feeling well and not long after he would suffer a heart attack and soon fall into a coma. Despite the efforts to save him, the doctors found there was no promising change or hope of recovery and he was taken off of life support late Wednesday evening and would leave us at the age of 51. Such a shame.

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Santolla was most famously known as one of the axe wielders in some incredible acts like Obituary, Iced Earth and Deicide. At one point in his career he kept up pace with the legendary Chuck Schuldiner in Death’s live shows but he didn’t record anything with them sadly. Ralph worked on a number of other projects that you can learn more about in his Wikipedia entry down below. One of them was a solo effort that his family maintains will see the light of day posthumously as soon as its possible to be addressed. A family member mentioned online that Ralph was an organ donor and that should some musical ability or razor sharp sarcasm come into play in someone’s life that it was likely due to Ralph’s presence with them. At least during this sad time that some other people can have a chance on a longer life. More should consider being a donor because its not like we need the stuff anymore once we pass on.

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I met Ralph several times over the years thanks to the shows I was covering and sharing some mutual friends. He was a talented and interesting person for sure and the photos in this memorial reflection all feature Ralph from some Obituary tours that I covered back around 2007-2009. Two of these shows took place at the now shuttered B.B. King Blues Club while the other was at the Gramercy Theatre which might have been called The Blender Theatre at the time. I didn’t remember seeing him in Deicide or Iced Earth but I could be wrong since those shows are so long ago in my memory at this point. Ralph was truly an excellent player that I think we only ever got to see a small part of since his talents were far deeper than only the Heavy Metal stuff that so many of us bore witness to.

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Though there were many news outlets reporting on his passing days before, we opted to wait until the news was 100% final out of proper respect. We wish his family, friends and numerous band mates over the years the deepest of condolences during this sad time. Thank you Ralph for giving us some incendiary riffs for many years. May you Rest In Peace. We welcome fans of the musician to add their own reflections down below in the comments.

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Santolla

Obituary @ Gramercy Theatre

Obituary will show young Death Metal fans how this is done with their show at the Gramercy. Are you ready to bear witness? Dust Bolt will offer support.

Exodus & Obituary @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Exodus and Obituary will bring their co-headlining tour “The Battle Of The Bays” to Brooklyn, NYC. This is going to be sick.

Exodus & Obituary Announce “Battle Of The Bays” Tour

Summer is just around the corner and that means its time for more and more end of season or fall event happenings to get announced. This sounds like a cool one as the mighty Exodus is pairing up with the devastating Obituary for a co-headlining run called “Battle Of The Bays”. Dig into the poster, press copy and dates below. I’ll return with some closing thoughts on it soon.

The Press Release:
Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS announced their co-headlining Battle Of The Bays American Tour with Tampa Bay Florida Death Metal Godfathers OBITUARY. The tour kicks off on September 14 in Durham, NC making stops in Sayreville, Columbus, and San Antonio before ending in Baton Rouge, LA on October 15.. Joining the two American legends on the road are POWER TRIP and DUST BOLT. Before heading out on tour in the Fall, EXODUS are playing several one-off shows in California as well as 4-dates leading up to the Battle Of The Bays American Tour.

On July 1st, the band will join IRON MAIDEN on their San Manuel Amphitheater date of the Book Of Souls Tour with GHOST. The following week they will play 2 Sacrilegious Nights at The Chapel In San Francisco. . On July 7th, they will share the stage with HATRIOT and INFEX followed by performances with EXMORTUS and POUNDER on the 8th. Tickets for the 2 SF dates can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/2rDN0DC
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Kreator @ Irving Plaza

Kreator will headline this years “Decibel Magazine Tour” with support from Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous.