Tag: Gene Hoglan
Guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax was forced to miss Thursday's (Jan. 26) Kansas City date on the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour due to a bad viral infection that caused him to be hospitalized near his home in Los Angeles. He got sick on Jan. 25, received intravenous fluids and was put through multiple tests. He was allowed to go home to await the test results, but doctors told him not fly for at least 24 hours, so he missed Thursday's show in Kansas City last night's gig in Indianapolis. He is should rejoin the band in Fort Wayne tonight (Jan. 28).
Another Anthrax member drummer Charlie Benante is taking a short leave from the band's concert tour to be with his mother who is terminally ill. Immediately following Thursday's show Kansas City, Benante flew to New York to join his family at his mother's bedside. We send best wishes out to Benante's mother and the entire Benante family.
Thinking of the fan's, Anthrax didn't want to have to cancel any of the dates, so in Ian's absence, guitarists from Testament and Death Angel stepped in to play his parts. Starting with last night's show in Indianapolis, Testament's drummer Gene Hoglan will fill in for Benante. Definitely a band of brothers on tour together.
Testament have been spending time in the studio recording their new album, "Dark Roots Of Earth", tentatively due in February 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. Due to a "serious injury," regular Testament drummer Paul Bostaph was unable to take part in the recording sessions for the CD.
Playing drums on the new album will be Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Dethklok). Lamb Of God's Chris Adler will make a special guest appearance on a couple of bonus tracks.
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick said: "We're more than halfway done recording the new album, 'Dark Roots of Earth'. It's coming along as well or better than any album this band has done. It just seems to have a focus, clarity and definition on a level that I don't remember at this point in the process. Of course, you can never truly sum up an album until all the tracks are recorded, the mixes are done and the entire collection is mastered. But from where things stand right now, it's looking like we may have a winner."
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends Testament have announced that it will again be offering special VIP/Meet-And-Greet Packs on its upcoming co-headlining tour with Anthrax with opener Death Angel. Testament offered these packs on last year's monumental "American Carnage" tour (also featuring Megadeth and Slayer), which presented fans with a unique and exclusive chance to spend time with the band before doors opened, take photos and get autographs and talk to the band. This year with the VIP/Meet-And-Greet Packs, fans will have another chance to hang out, sign autographs and take photos with the band, as well as have access to a ticket to their performance, special merchandise hand-picked by the band, and a collectible Testament laminate.
Here's what is included in the Testament Meet-And-Greet Package:
-One General Admission ticket
-Meet-and-greet with select members of Testament
-Photo with select members of Testament
-Autograph opportunity with select members of Testament
-Testament merchandise items*
- T-shirt of your choice from the merch booth (before doors open)
- Opportunity to purchase a second item at half off from the merch booth (before doors open)
- Assorted guitar picks
- Rare, out of print "Live At The Filmore" cassette
- Original printing of "Demonic" CD
- Collectible Testament laminate
For more information on how to obtain your special VIP/Meet-And-Greet Pack, head over to www.slotix.com!
Testament have also announced that former drummer John Tempesta (Exodus, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Helmet, The Cult) will be bashing the skins on the band's upcoming U.S. tour with Anthrax and Death Angel. The tour starts on October 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Vocalist Chuck Billy talks legacy of Testament in interview from Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Chuck Billy of Testament talked with Bay Area Backstage at the second show of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on Sunday, July 10 in Mountain View, California. Chuck talks about the bands drumming situation, taking care of himself on tour, memories of Ronnie James Dio, the legacy of Testament and more. Check out the conversation:
Testament has set "The Dark Roots Of Earth" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD is currently being recorded with British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Nevermore and Machine Head, among others.
Drummer Paul Bostaph was unable to take part in the new album recordings due to injury, but will rejoin Testament for future touring activities. Playing drums on the album 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.
Testament is planning to hit the road in October/November as part of a five-or six-week tour featuring Anthrax, Death Angel and Overkill.