Paul Bostaph

Paul Bostaph

His career began playing drums in 1984 when he was 20 years old, and since then he has worked with bands such as Forbidden (originally known as Forbidden Evil), Slayer, Testament, Exodus and Systematic. Metal-Rules.com profiles Bostaph
Date of Birth: 04.03.1964
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Paul Bostaph: Biography and Career in the Metal Scene
  2. Early Life and Musical Beginnings
  3. Education and Early Drumming Career
  4. Joining Slayer and Career with the Band
  5. Solo Project and Return to Slayer
  6. Later Projects and Reunion with Testament

Paul Bostaph: Biography and Career in the Metal Scene

Early Life and Musical Beginnings

Paul Bostaph's musical career began in 1984, at the age of 20, when he started playing drums. Over the years, he has worked with notable metal bands such as Forbidden (originally known as Forbidden Evil), Slayer, Testament, Exodus, and Systematic. Metal-Rules.com describes Bostaph as a "true professional and one of the best drummers in today's metal scene."

Education and Early Drumming Career

Paul Bostaph attended Newark Memorial High School in Newark, California. He harbored a strong dislike for formal education, believing that he had enough knowledge to succeed in life without pursuing further studies. Bostaph began playing drums at the age of 16 and quickly developed his skills.

Joining Slayer and Career with the Band

After Slayer's drummer, Dave Lombardo, left the band in 1992, they began searching for a new drummer. After auditioning several musicians and reviewing numerous demo tapes, the band's guitarist, Kerry King, was recommended to check out Bostaph. Although the members of Slayer had heard of Forbidden, they were unsure of how Bostaph would fit into the group. Bostaph auditioned with nine songs, making only one mistake on "Angel of Death." He went on to record three albums with Slayer, including his least favorite album, Divine Intervention, released in 1994.

Solo Project and Return to Slayer

In 1996, Bostaph left Slayer to focus on his solo project, Truth About Seafood. He was replaced by drummer Jon Dette but returned to Slayer in 1997. Bostaph cites God Hates Us All, released in 2001, as his second favorite album with the band. However, due to a chronic elbow injury that hindered his ability to play, he left Slayer after the release of God Hates Us All. His final work with the band was recorded for the DVD War at the Warfield, released on December 7, 2001.

Later Projects and Reunion with Testament

Not wanting to abandon music, Bostaph joined the band Systematic in 2003, which he had formed prior to his stint with Slayer. However, he admitted to not finding satisfaction in this type of playing. In 2003, Bostaph suffered a knee injury while playing football. Following the completion of a Systematic tour, he underwent surgery and stayed away from drums for over a year until he received a phone call invitation from the members of Exodus. Bostaph joined Exodus but announced his departure from the band on March 28, 2007, citing the return of their original drummer, Tom Hunting. Bostaph expressed the utmost respect for Hunting's playing. He also revealed that he no longer represented TAMA drum kits and proudly endorsed Drum Workshop.

In October 2007, Testament announced that Bostaph had reunited with the band. The album The Formation of Damnation, released in 2008, marked Testament's return after a nine-year hiatus and featured Bostaph as the drummer. The album also saw the return of guitarist Alex Skolnick, who had left the band in 1992, and bassist Greg Christian, who departed in 1994. The album received the "Album of the Year" award from Metal Hammer magazine.

On December 2, 2011, Paul Bostaph left Testament, citing disagreements during the writing process.

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