That’s right, fuckers.
For the remainder of its tour in Europe, Iced Earth have tapped Jon Dette — known for his work with Slayer and Testament — will man the kit.
He takes over for Raphael Saini, who filled in during the band’s summer festival slots and the recording of Iced Earth’s new album.
“Raphael came in and helped us out of a tight spot this summer with a full schedule of festivals, a new album to finish, and no room for diversion on the schedule,” said Iced Earth in a statement.
“He came in and delivered and we are very grateful for that. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.”
Added Raphael: “When I had the chance to join Iced Earth for their summer festivals and the new album, I couldn’t say no: I was really excited even though I knew that it was going to be something temporary.
“I am honored to be part of the band’s history, an amazing album, and to have worked with some supremely talented musicians. My journey will continue, there’s more to come.”
Iced Earth earlier in the year parted ways with drummer Brent Smedley for “personal family reasons.”