n May 31, 2018, it was reported that Ralph Santolla had suffered a heart attack and fallen into a coma. He was taken off life support and died on June 6, 2018 in Tampa Florida.
He played in many bands, most recently with Deicide, but also including Eyewitness, Death (he never recorded any of their albums, but toured with them in 1993 and appeared in “The Philosopher” video), Millenium, Iced Earth, and the Sebastian Bach band. In 2007, he replaced Allen West in Obituary for their album Xecutioner’s Return. Santolla was very proud of his Italian heritage and he played guitars by Jackson and Ibanez with the Italian flag painted on them. He most recently played Jackson Guitars, though he had also been associated with ESP Guitars, Dean Guitars and many others. He also used Randall Amplifiers. He was well known for his shred guitar playing style.
Albums featuring Ralph Santolla:
The Best of… and More – Compilation (2004)
With Iced Earth
The Glorious Burden (2004)
The Stench of Redemption (2006)
Till Death Do Us Part (2008)
To Hell with God (2011)
Xecutioner’s Return (2007)
Left to Die (EP) (2008)
Darkest Day (2009)
With Gary Hughes
Precious Ones (1998)
Shaolin Monks in the Temple of Metal (2002)
Requiem for Hope (2007)