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Paul Bostaph Leaves Testament, Begins New Band With Former Anthrax Singer

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Terrorizer magazine reports that Testament singer Chuck Billy confirmed that drummer Paul Bostaph, who is out of action recovering from a serious injury, has left the band. The split appears to be amicable. Gene Hoglan filled in for Bostaph on the band's recent tour with Anthrax and Death Angel, and he is also providing the drumming for Testament's forthcoming album "The Dark Roots of Earth."

Billy commented to Terrorizer, "We just found our last week Paul Bostaph is not coming back to the band, he's starting his own new project and doing some things on his own. So we're actually going to be holding a couple of auditions with probably small group of drummers that we chose - we don't want to have a revolving drum stool, we have a new record we want a permanent drummer."

Ironically, Bostaph's new project is with former, and disgruntled, Anthrax singer Dan Nelson called Black Gates.

Source: Terrorizer

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1. brandedcfh420 writes:

damn

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 8:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. R10 writes:

Wow,i figured something was up. What a poor career move by Bostaph. He's definately one of my favorite drummers,so this news sucks big time! By the sounds of it Big Gene wont be asked to join permantly,which also blows. Be interesting to see who they get to fill the position. Testaments on a roll,new album coming out,never sounded better live,so hopefully they can get a permanent guy soon!

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Drum_Junkie writes:

Disappointed, but not entirely surprised.
I was hoping he'd stick with 'em after he healed up.

Per the Terrorizer article:
"We're still buddies, it's just that Paul feels at this point in his career he wants to be in a little more in control of the artistic creation of the songs and with his new project they are all involved with that process whereas with our group Eric [Peterson] is pretty much the main songwriter and that's just the way its been with us for 25 years."

If that's the case, I can't blame him. With only one primary songwriter, it makes it tough to find a worthy replacement. One one hand, you really want a creative person on the drum throne. On the other hand, you want that person to be content limiting their creative input to drums. That type of drummer is out there, but it limits their choices.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 9:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. BrianMN writes:

I'm not trying to be mean but I was never a huge fan to start with.
I always felt his playing was a tad one dimensional.
Never liked what he did with Slayer.
As for Gene?
I like him much better with Fear Factory.
He's too good to stay with one band.
Why don't they get Barker back?

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 9:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. R10 writes:

Testaments always had a revolving door of drummers it seems. Clemente,Dette,Tempesta,Lombardo,Bostaph,Big Gene. Pretty impressive list. When was Barker involved Brian MN? Was he a tour fill in? Totally missed him.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 9:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BrianMN writes:

^^^Tour fill in during 2007.
I still miss Barky in Dimmu but I'd love to see his beats in Testament.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. ThrashtillDeathTFV writes:

Damn indeed. i must say im intrested in the new project but damn hes a good drummer and thought he was great with testament.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 11:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

I liked what Paul did with Slayer. He did his job and shut the fvck up. He's a drummer, he hits sh!t with wood. Anxious to hear what he and Dan put together actually and not even a little bit concerned about Testament finding an epic skinz man. Maybe our very own MHD101 can take a shot. Or even DJ if he can find his way out of the bible belt. I hear the kid's lookin for a new gig.

Much love to my metal drummer brethren, but you guys know it's true. lol. ;-)

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ZMA writes:

*Points and laughs* Heh heh. Bad move. Whatever Testament will motor on.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Drum_Junkie writes:

That would be quite awesome! If only....
*looks longingly at I-40 West*

I've been jamming with a few guys. Started out sounding like Slayer, but its been morphing into something else... still need a lead guitarist and vox, though.

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. americanpatriot1 writes:

What's it morphing into? Nickelback?

# Dec 1, 2011 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. ab croatia writes:

bad news that paul is leaving testament..hope gene
hoglan is new testament drummer but since
testament is searching new drumer hope
that new drummer is similar to gene .

hope to hear new thrash fest..new album
by testament soon.

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 7:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Drum_Junkie writes:

^Haha! Uhhhh, no. Not Needled!ck.

It's still very much thrash, but there is a southern element to it. The songs have some progressive song structures, and really a hodgepodge of influences, but no Nickelback. I know that really let ya down AP1. ;-)

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 7:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Blindgreed1 writes:

DJ: That sounds fvcking awesome. I'd be down for a long distance thing if you guys are down. \m/\m/

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Drum_Junkie writes:

Dude, thanks for the interest!
We definitely want to get a full line-up so we can play local shows. (I've done the instrumental band before and crowds react better with a vocalist.)
Hopefully, we'll have things rolling this coming year and get some of the songs recorded. I'll keep ya informed when/if that happens and send something your way.

ON TOPIC: Curious to hear what Dan and Paul do with Black Gates.

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Blindgreed1 writes:

Cool, and good luck at the Testament audition ;-)

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 11:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. bushidov writes:

I hear Mike Portnoy is free to play

# Dec 7, 2011 @ 6:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. DreamHeater writes:

^lol'd at bushidov's comment.

Pretty much the only song I felt that his drumming contributed much to the feel of the song was on Henchmen Ride, other than that, he was a pretty one-dimensional player. Not that sad about him leaving.

# Dec 7, 2011 @ 7:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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