Drummer Paul Bostaph will be unable to participate in the recordings due to a “serious injury,” but will rejoin Testament for future touring activities. And here’s the best part. Playing drums on the follow-up to 2008’s ‘The Formation Of Damnation’ will be Gene Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, Fear Factory, Dethklok) with Lamb of God’s Chris Adler set to make a special guest appearance on a couple of bonus tracks.
Hoglan previously played drums on Testament’s 1997 album, ‘Demonic’, but didn’t stick around long enough to do any touring with the band.
Regarding the musical direction of the new Testament material, the band’s vocalist, Chuck Billy, stated in a 2010 interview, “The new album will most likely be a culmination of ‘The Gathering’ and ‘The Formation of Damnation’, but we’re definitely not going to forget who we are or our roots. I think we’ve found a comfortable spot in our writing style.”