Ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo rejoins Testament: “Pure brutality awaits”

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Testament has a new member: Dave Lombardo.

The former Slayer drummer has rejoined Chuck Billy and company after previously playing with the thrash metallers on their 1999 album, The Gathering.

“I’ll state the obvious,” Billy says in a statement. “We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament…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.”

Lombardo adds, “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.”

Lombardo takes the place of longtime Testament drummer Gene Hoglan, who left the band earlier this year.

You can catch Lombardo live with Testament on their upcoming The Bay Strikes Back tour, which launches in April.

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