Gene Hoglan has opened up about his newest departure from TESTAMENT.
The veteran San Francisco Bay Space metallers introduced Hoglan‘s exit from the group in a social media put up in January. He has since been changed by Dave Lombardo, an unique member of thrash steel legends SLAYER, who was beforehand the visitor drummer on TESTAMENT‘s 1999 studio album “The Gathering”.
In a brand new interview with the “Discuss Toomey” podcast, Hoglan attributed his break up with TESTAMENT to “scheduling.” He mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi): “It was a really amicable break up, and no person wished it to occur. However I do know TESTAMENT, they’ve gotta maintain going.”
Elaborating on the scheduling conflicts that resulted in his departure from TESTAMENT, the 54-year-old musician mentioned: “In the course of the pandemic, I took time to begin curating a whole lot of my initiatives, a whole lot of the issues happening, so after I was laying issues down on the calendar, they have been simply beginning to sort of battle with a few of TESTAMENT‘s plans, and it is comprehensible. So when it got here all the way down to, ‘Man, all of us should do one thing right here.’ And all of it got here collectively fairly simple, fairly rapidly for TESTAMENT. After I was, like, ‘Guys, I do not know if I could make all what you want, and I do know you guys want any person there slamming for you guys the entire spherical.’ Bringing in a man for just a few dates right here and there whereas I take off and do some one-off sort of issues, or whereas I’ve had album initiatives deliberate for arising in summer season 2022 deliberate in 2021 sort of factor. So it simply turned a scenario the place it is, like, ‘Man, you guys have to maintain transferring ahead. I have to maintain transferring ahead myself. You by no means know concerning the future, however at the very least for proper now, we’ll get you guys any person else.’ And look who they ended up with — the mighty Mr. Dave Lombardo. Win-win all over. TESTAMENT followers are tremendous pleased.”
Hoglan went on to say that he was conscious Lombardo‘s return to TESTAMENT was “taking place” just a few weeks earlier than it was introduced. “I knew a few months beforehand,” he mentioned. “Folks have been asking, ‘Are you aware who the brand new man is? Oh my God?’ And I am, like, ‘Let me inform you this: TESTAMENT followers, heavy steel followers, drumming followers are all gonna be tremendous pleased after they discover out who the person is.’ And certain sufficient, all of it labored out fantastically for all of us, so hooray — all people will get to maneuver ahead and all people’s pleased. So it is a win-win all over.”
Gene reiterated that there isn’t a dangerous blood between him and Lombardo or some other member of TESTAMENT. Actually, when TESTAMENT performed in San Diego on April 12 as a part of “The Bay Strikes Again Tour”, Hoglan shared a backstage photograph with Lombardo and wrote in a caption: “It was nice to see my bros within the mighty TESTAMENT and welcome Mr. Lombardo again into the household. He crushed it and we had a good time catching up on some olllllld instances.”
“Dave and I’ve been friends since we have been each youngsters,” Hoglan informed “Discuss Toomey”. “We did our very first tour collectively. I used to be 16, he was 18 — one thing like that. I’ve recognized Dave since I used to be 15 and he was most likely 18 — one thing like that. So we have recognized one another ceaselessly. [SLAYER‘s] very first West Coast tour I used to be their gentle man for, and that sort of factor. So we return a good distance. And hell, man, I obtained to make slightly vocal contribution to ‘Present No Mercy’. Hey, man, that was on the second thrash steel album ever. How superior is that? So Dave and I’ve been friends for a very long time, and I’m so pleased that he is the person for the job. It was a pure alternative. It labored out nice. So I used to be actually stoked to go down there and be part of that night time. It was nice; we had a good time. We’re all nonetheless pals. It is a large household, completely, so it is all labored out fairly darn easy.”
Lombardo mentioned his return to TESTAMENT throughout a March 1 look on SiriusXM‘s Liquid Metallic with host Jose Mangin. Requested if he needed to bodily audition for the drummer spot in TESTAMENT this time round, Dave quipped: “I simply despatched them a hyperlink to my Wikipedia. ‘I’ve executed these information, together with considered one of yours. Can I come again?’ [Laughs]”
Lombardo mentioned that he reached out to the TESTAMENT camp the identical day that the band introduced it was splitting with Hoglan.
“I used to be nonetheless asleep, and my spouse, she simply mentioned, ‘Hey, Gene simply left TESTAMENT,'” Dave recalled. “And she or he’s been at all times telling me, ‘Man, I can not look ahead to you guys to get collectively for that ‘Gathering’ reunion.’ ‘Trigger we had been speaking about this two and a half, three years in the past — earlier than the pandemic. And so I instantly — I did not even get my different eye open and I used to be texting [TESTAMENT singer] Chuck [Billy]. I mentioned, ‘Hey, man, what is going on on?’ I do not know precisely what I discussed in my textual content, but it surely was quite simple, ‘Hey, what’s occurring?’ And he instantly known as me again. And I keep in mind Tiffany [Chuck‘s wife] was on the cellphone; Chuck was on the cellphone. We have been, like, ‘Hey.’ It was an awesome come-together second, like, ‘Hey, right here we go. That is the second we have been ready for.'”
Dave went on to say that the timing was proper for his return to TESTAMENT.
“‘The Gathering’ reunion did not should occur placing Gene out, separating Gene and saying, ‘Gene, we’re gonna go along with Dave for some time now.’ Nothing like that occurred,” he mentioned. “This occurred organically. And it occurred at a time the place my different bands, two of the bands that I’ve, MR. BUNGLE and DEAD CROSS, [Mike] Patton sings in them and he is attempting to get wholesome and is taking slightly hiatus. And SUICIDAL TENDENCIES hasn’t been touring a lot currently. In order that leaves me with a whole lot of little odd initiatives right here and there that I work on in my free time. So it simply felt like the precise second.
“I do know it may be deceiving as a result of I am in so many alternative bands, however there’s 24 hours in a day and I solely sleep eight hours, or seven to eight hours, in order that leaves me 16 different hours,” he defined. “And I do not take Saturdays and Sundays off. So it was a no brainer.”
Chuck mentioned that he was stunned to listen to from Dave so rapidly after TESTAMENT made the information of its break up with Gene public.
“Proper when it occurred, it was inside minutes after the announcement,” Billy recalled. “And Dave does not keep in mind, however [his text message to me was] merely ‘Lombardo?’ That was the textual content. I am, like, ‘You are shitting me. Tiffany, Lombardo simply wrote me, ‘Lombardo?” I known as him straight away. I mentioned, ‘Hey, dude, what’s occurring?’ He was, like, ‘Dude, I heard the information.’ I am, like, ‘Dude, I might have known as you straight away, however I simply thought it was sort of far-fetched so that you can sort of jam as a result of I do know you are most likely fairly busy with all the opposite initiatives happening.’ And he was, like, ‘No. I’ve obtained a giant opening and I might like to get again.’ And we talked about ‘The Gathering’, doing that once more. And right here we’re — it could possibly be a actuality to get to play ‘The Gathering’ like we spoke of.”
“The Gathering” was extensively thought-about to be an enchancment over 1997’s “Demonic”, an album that noticed Billy make use of a extra guttural fashion of vocals and was launched at a time when thrash acts as TESTAMENT had fallen out of favor.
Hoglan initially performed drums on “Demonic”, however did not stick round lengthy sufficient to do any touring with the band. He formally joined TESTAMENT in 2011 and performed on the group’s final three albums: 2012’s “Darkish Roots Of Earth”, 2016’s “Brotherhood Of The Snake” and 2020’s “Titans Of Creation”.
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