Testament released a post to reveal that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo joined the band to replace Gene Hoglan. The band members shared their feelings about this reunion on the band’s official Instagram account.
Following Hoglan’s departure to join Strapping Young Lad in 1998, Testament recruited Dave Lombardo to create and record their eighth studio album entitled ‘The Gathering.’ The band released the record on June 8, 1999, and Lombardo’s performance was appreciated a lot.
However, Lombardo left the band shortly after its release and focused on his side and solo projects. Testament went through a couple of lineup changes until reuniting with Hoglan. Earlier this year, the band announced that Hoglan quit Testament to work on his own solo career.
Then, the band’s lead guitarist Alex Skolnick stated that they had a shortlist including different drummers, and the search ended when they revealed that Dave Lombardo had become their new drummer. His bandmates, Billy and Peterson, stated that they are pleased to work with him again.
Moreover, SiriusXM’s Jose Magin added that Lombardo’s return to the band has ‘fired up’ metal music. The new Testament drummer stated that he’s sure they will work harmoniously again, and he’s very excited to rejoin the family. The band also invited their fans to come to their The Bay Strikes Back Tour, which will continue on April 9, 2022, to witness Lombardo’s performance.
Testament’s IG post read:
“Testament announces new drummer! This drummer is key in making Testament’s mark in metal history. The band is very excited to welcome back one of the greatest drummers in heavy metal. Take your pick, one in one hundred; I don’t care who you have on that list. There is only one drummer who is the best, Dave Lombardo.
Don’t miss the most epic lineup of any metal tour this Spring, The Bay Strikes Back Tour, and witness Dave Lombardo’s return to Testament.”
Here’s what Chuck Billy said:
“I’ll state the obvious. We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament. We are so excited to share the stage again with Lombardo. Dave added immense power when he joined the band for ‘The Gathering,’ and we are ecstatic to see what new flavor he will bring back to Testament.”
Dave Lombardo responded:
“This is a long-awaited reunion that was bound to happen. Once upon a time, we created a thrash masterpiece. I have no doubt that our musical chemistry will pick up exactly where we left off. I love the Testament family and am very excited to be joining them once again. Pure brutality awaits.”
Eric Peterson added:
“Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high.”
SiriusXM’s Jose Magin shared his ideas, saying:
“Testament is one of my all-time favorite bands, so to be able to amplify the news of their newest member, Dave Lombardo, and fire up the metal community is an honor bestowed upon me by the Metal Gods.”
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