Photo by: Stephanie Cabral

Testament has announced the return of Dave Lombardo to the group. The drummer, who performed on the group’s 1999 full-length The Gathering, is stepping in for Gene Hoglan. Hoglan announced his departure from the group in January.

The announce came during a special announcement on SiriusXM Liquid Metal. Testament frontman Chuck Billy declares:

“I’ll state the obvious, We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament.  We are so excited to share the stage again with  Lombardo. Dave added immense power when he joined the band for The Gathering (release), and we are ecstatic to see what new flavor he will bring back to Testament.”

Lombardo stated:

“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.”

Guitarist Eric Peterson expresses:

“Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off.  There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high!”

Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin of SiriusXM Liquid Metal says:

Testament is one of my all-time favorite bands, so to be able to amplify the news of their newest member, Dave Lombardo, and fire up the metal community is an honor bestowed upon me by the metal Gods!”

Catch Testament this spring on The Bay Strikes Back Tour with Exodus and Death Angel.