Paul Bostaph has left Testament. Reported to Terrorizer magazine as a “serious injury,” Bostaph was not able to record the new Testament album entitled “The Dark Roots Of Earth” due for release on April 27, 2012 on Nuclear Blast Records. Paul has been replaced by metal legend Gene Hoglan who will also tour with the band.
“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,” Billy told Terrorizer. “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.”
Chuck Billy said the split with Bostaph is amicable. “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.”
You can view Paul Bostaph profile at Drummerworld.com