Testament - Bassist Splits With Band, Replacement Announced


Testament announced on their official website and Facebook page that Greg Christian, the band's original and longtime bassist, has departed after a nearly-nine-year second term with them. The band's statement fortunately indicates that the split is mutual, and also saves us all the anticipation of waiting for the replacement. None other than Steve DiGiorgio has stepped in to fill Christian's shoes.

DiGiorgio, the well-traveled metal veteran known for his fretless bass wizardry, is an alumnus not only of Testament (appearing on The Gathering and the compilation First Strike Still Deadly), but of Death, Iced Earth, Charred Walls Of The Damned, and numerous other projects. He will be joining Testament on their upcoming shows, as well as in the studio to record the successor to 2012's much-lauded Dark Roots Of Earth.

The full statement can be viewed here.

[Also thanks to deadone for sending in this news!]


Source: testamentlegions.com
Band profile: Testament
 
Posted: 14.01.2014 by ScreamingSteelUS


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14.01.2014 - 13:40
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Excellent news! I've heard rumors of Hoglan considering joining full time as well, he and Steve make one of the most potent rhythm sections in metal.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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14.01.2014 - 13:48
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Wow... I'm not quite happy for Greg leaving, although he's never been significant part in the sound, he was part of he band since the early days. With this lineup though, next album should be fuckin stunning.
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14.01.2014 - 15:30
Vitriolic Hate
Chaos Reaper
Written by Apothecary on 14.01.2014 at 13:40

He and Steve make one of the most potent rhythm sections in metal.

I couldn't agree more!
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14.01.2014 - 15:36
theFIST
Written by Apothecary on 14.01.2014 at 13:40

Excellent news! I've heard rumors of Hoglan considering joining full time as well, he and Steve make one of the most potent rhythm sections in metal.

that would be amazing
also it"d be nice if they could get the sound closer to The Gathering, their later albums are too clean for my taste
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Written by Warman on 07.11.2007 at 22:39
Haha, that's like saying "compose your own Metal album and upload it here, instead of writing a review of an album". :lol:
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14.01.2014 - 17:49
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by qlacs on 14.01.2014 at 13:48

With this lineup though, next album should be fuckin stunning.



About time then, considering their last stunning album stems from 1987
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14.01.2014 - 17:57
bblitz
It's ok,he was good bass player and important part of Testament,but no tears,so was
Paul Bostaph and who came-amazing Gene Hoglan.Now with Steve DiGiorgio,very experienced
metal monster they will only go way up as the best metal band today...
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14.01.2014 - 19:49
JohnDoe
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 17:49

Written by qlacs on 14.01.2014 at 13:48

With this lineup though, next album should be fuckin stunning.



About time then, considering their last stunning album stems from 1987


that's all you ever say on all Testament threads
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14.01.2014 - 19:57
Silent Jay
Pretty sad that Greg Christian has left but couldn't be happier with the replacement! Steve DiGiorgio is one of my favourite bassists of all time and so stoked to have him back on board, especially with Gene Hoglan behind the kit aswell. As I really enjoyed Dark Roots of the Earth for the most part im really looking forward to the new album even more now and what this particular line-up can bring!
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14.01.2014 - 20:06
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 14.01.2014 at 19:49

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 17:49

Written by qlacs on 14.01.2014 at 13:48

With this lineup though, next album should be fuckin stunning.



About time then, considering their last stunning album stems from 1987


that's all you ever say on all Testament threads



Yeah, because it is, unfortunately, the bitter and harsh truth
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14.01.2014 - 20:38
Mattybu
I think The New Order was their last great album. Regardless, it probably won't hurt the next one they do to have Steve on bass. They seem to be progressing in the right direction since the highly underwhelming "The Gathering". Albeit with large gaps of time between albums.
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15.01.2014 - 02:09
Ocean Sage
HOLY FUCK HOLY FUCK HOLY FUCK! The next Testament album should be AMAZING! Gene Hoglan, Steve Digiorgio, Alex Skolnick, Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson. Damn what a line-up!
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15.01.2014 - 03:39
Sentient 7
Written by Mattybu on 14.01.2014 at 20:38

I think The New Order was their last great album. Regardless, it probably won't hurt the next one they do to have Steve on bass. They seem to be progressing in the right direction since the highly underwhelming "The Gathering". Albeit with large gaps of time between albums.


The Gathering was a masterpiece, not a wasted second. Highly diverse in styles, structures, vocals. It was the perfect album and still sounds great 15 years on. The last two albums have been okay, with some excellent songs.

I can't see how Alex would stick around much longer though. The other members have been assembled to bring it fast and heavy, that isn't usually Alex's cup of tea. They haven't had any trouble in the past getting a top quality lead guitarist in, if it came down to it.
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15.01.2014 - 04:04
Mattybu
Written by Sentient 7 on 15.01.2014 at 03:39

The Gathering was a masterpiece, not a wasted second. Highly diverse in styles, structures, vocals. It was the perfect album and still sounds great 15 years on. The last two albums have been okay, with some excellent songs.


In your opinion sure, in mine... completely boring and rarely a single song from it gets played anymore by me it tries to be heavy through the production instead of the music and just sounds forced. Testament threw down back in the day though. First 2 albums were outrageous.
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15.01.2014 - 11:42
JohnDoe
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About time then, considering their last stunning album stems from 1987


that's all you ever say on all Testament threads



Yeah, because it is, unfortunately, the bitter and harsh truth


you certainly practice what you preach
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04.02.2014 - 07:26
hisham80
Greg left to be replaced with even much better monstor bassist !! but seriously i wouldn't be sad for Greg's department if Digiorgio is the replacement ..can't wait for the next album it should be a BEAST
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