ICED EARTH singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have both announced their departures from the band.
Earlier today (Monday, February 15), Stu issued the following statement via his social media: “Hey All, Well, there are times and events when you have to take stock and re evaluate your life, work, and trajectory for the future. That being said I have informed Jon [Schaffer, ICED EARTH guitarist and leader] and his current management that I must announce my resignation from ICED EARTH with immediate effect.
“Before I made any personal decision I needed the last few weeks to process the situation as well as respect others in our camp processing the situation. I thank you all very much for respecting this. It’s the best decision in many ways for my personal/ professional growth going forward. Time to move on, heal and prosper.
“Much love and respect to you all. Don’t fret! Stay tuned for some exciting things to come! Time to embark upon a new chapter. Be good to each other.”
Stu has fronted ICED EARTH since 2011.
Luke Appleton issued a separate statement saying: “In response to recent events & circumstances, I have notified ICED EARTH’s management and Jon that I will be resigning as the ICED EARTH bassist with immediate effect.
“I would like to thank everyone who has sent me their support and love during this difficult time. Thank you!!!”
Appleton has been with the band since 2012 and played on the “Plagues Of Babylon” and “Incorruptible” albums.
Block and Appleton walking away from ICED EARTH comes a month after Jon Schaffer was arrested for his role in last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. The 52-year-old musician, who resides in in Edinburgh, Indiana, 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.