Toxik Adds Ralph Santolla
Resurrected cult classic progressive thrashers Toxik have recruited Ralph Santolla (Death, Obituary, Deicide) as their new second guitarist.
Josh Christian, the band’s founding member and lead guitarist, comments on Ralph’s addition to the group: “Ralph was the first choice. I had talked to other friends about tour spots and playing as guests, but the new material is pretty deep arrangement wise and complicated in its layering. We need that second voice on the instrument. Ralph’s experience level is top-shelf, plus he has a very diverse musical approach.”
Adds Josh: “Sure, he’s played great heavy music with legendary bands and artists, but he also has an amazing ear for melody. The guy can really play! Most of all, he’s a brother.
“Ralph Santolla and I go way back, I can remember Chuck Schulinder sitting in the lounge at Morrisound watching Ralph and I trading ideas and saying, ‘You guys should play together.’ So, with Chuck’s blessings, I think the next album just took a giant leap for mankind.”
Says Santolla: “I’m really excited and humbled that Josh has asked me to be part of the reformed Toxik.”
Toxik also boasts Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner.