San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have tapped their former drummer John Tempesta (EXODUS, WHITE ZOMBIE, ROB ZOMBIE, HELMET, THE CULT) to sit behind the kit for the band’s upcoming U.S. tour with ANTHRAX and DEATH ANGEL. The trek is scheduled to kick off on October 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Due to a “serious injury,” regular TESTAMENT drummer Paul Bostaph is unable to take part in the tour. Paul was also absent from the recording sessions for TESTAMENT‘s new album, “The Dark Roots Of Earth”, tentatively due in February 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. Playing drums on the follow-up to 2008’s “The Formation Of Damnation” is Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan (ex-DARK ANGEL, ex-STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK), with LAMB OF GOD‘s Chris Adler set to make a special guest appearance on a couple of bonus tracks.
Commented Tempesta: “I haven’t left THE CULT. I’m just helping these guys [TESTAMENT] out for this tour since Paul is still injured.”
Although Tempesta recorded only two studio albums with TESTAMENT (1994’s “Low” and 2001’s “First Strike Still Deadly”, a collection of re-recordings of songs from “The Legacy” and “The New Order”), he left a lasting impression on TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson. “John is definitely one of the best drummers in the country,” Peterson remarked. “He has the power of John Bonham, the finesse of Carter Beauford, and the aggression of Dave Lombardo. As a drummer, John really has it all.”
SADUS drummer Jon Allen sat behind the kit for TESTAMENT when the band performed in the place of IN FLAMES at the first two shows of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival — on July 9 in San Bernardino, California and on July 10 in Mountain View, California — as well as on the group’s recently completed South American tour.