ICED EARTH guitarist Jake Dreyer has said that he is now focused solely on his other group WITHERFALL, just hours after ICED EARTH singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton announced their departures from the band,
Jake, whose Instagram profile no longer lists him as ICED EARTH’s lead guitarist, went on to tell TMZ that he was hired to play with the band from 2016 to 2018 but now he’s focused solely on playing with his other outfit WITHERFALL.
The guitarist also said he enjoyed the experience, however he noted how “it was unfortunate how this tragedy unfolded,” referring to ICED EARTH guitarist and leader Jon Schaffer being arrested for his role in last month’s raid at the U.S. Capitol.
Schaffer, who is 52 years old, is facing six federal criminal charges after he was accused of spraying a police officer with a pepper-based bear repellant during the January 6 insurrection.
In an earlier statement, singer Stu Block, who has fronted ICED EARTH since 2011, said that his leaving the group was “the best decision in many ways for my personal/ professional growth going forward. Time to move on, heal and prosper.”
Bassist Luke Appleton, who joined ICED EARTH in 2012 and played on the “Plagues Of Babylon” and “Incorruptible” albums, issued a separate statement saying that he was leaving the band “in response to recent events & circumstances.”