Drummer Brent Smedley Splits With Iced Earth

Iced Earth announced that drummer Brent Smedley has divided with the band due to individual household reasons. His replacement will be Raphael Saini (Chaoswave/Ex-Emergency Gate), who will start with the band on its trip dates this summer.

Smedley clarified: “I have household members that are elderly and frail and need my aid here in Jacksonville. It’s been among the hardest choices of my life but I simply can not commit to the kind of schedule the band should have and needs so I decided to ask permission to step down from my post.”

The band commented: “Brent has actually been a valued member of the group for a long time. We thank him for his contributions, friendship and energy and want him all the very best for the future. We wish to welcome Raphael with open arms and are anticipating for our fans to provide him the welcome he deserves.”

In addition to live dates, the band’s summertime will likewise be invested recording and mixing the brand-new studio album entitled “Plagues of Babylon.” A headline trip for the new album will begin in January 2014.

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