Ralph Santolla is an Italian-American metal guitarist. He has played in many bands in the past, most recently Deicide, but also including Eyewitness, Death (did not record with, but toured with 1993 and appeared in The Philosopher video),Millennium,Iced Earth and Sebastian Bach & Friends. As of June 3, 2007, it was announced that Santolla would replace Allen West in Obituary for their upcoming release "Xecutioner's Return". His playing is highly melodic. Ralph is very proud of his Italian heritage and he plays guitars by Jackson and Ibanez with the Italian flag painted on them.