Iced Earth Guitarist Announces Departure From Band

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Iced Earth is looking for a new guitarist. This after Troy Seele announced this week that he is leaving the band.

Seele released a statement explaining his departure. He said that he and his now former band mates parted ways on completely positive terms, saying that family responsibilities were the reason for his departure. His full statement is noted below.

After close to ten years as a guitarist in Iced Earth, the time has come for me to step away. Some of you know, but many do not, that I have a child with Autism.  In the past I had a great support system that has allowed me to pursue a career in music. That is no longer the case and it has forced me to make a difficult decision. I’ve always believed that family comes first, and now it is time for me to focus on that.

The demanding life style of being in a professional heavy metal band is no longer an option for me. Knowing the band is focused on a new album and touring cycle, and given my circumstances, this is the best time for me to step down.

Playing in Iced Earth has been a great experience. It’s taken me around the world many times and given me the chance to meet many of my heroes, as well as play in front of crowds larger than I ever dreamed of.

I personally want to thank Jon and the guys for the music and the amazing times through the years.  Thank you to the fans for understanding and for your support.”
Troy Seele


Iced Earth front man Stu Block shared his thoughts on Seele’s depature, noting his sadness at the announcement but that he fully supports Seele in his decision.

“It’s very sad that Troy is leaving.  He will be missed and will always be considered family to us.  I wish him the best of luck in everything he does,” Block said.

Iced Earth founding member Jon Schaffer was also supportive of Seele in his decision.

“Troy was a good friend before he became a part of the team and always will be,” Schaffer said.”  I understand and respect his decision.  We shared some of the most amazing times of our lives together.  We laughed hard, and we laughed often.  Be well brother.  We all wish you the very best.”

The band is currently accepting audition submissions for Seele’s replacement. Audition videos can be sent online here.

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