Thrash metal titans Testament have officially announced parting ways with longtime bassist Greg Christian and the return of Steve DiGiorgio to the band's fold.
Known as one of the pioneers of fretless bass in the metal domain, DiGiorgio was a member of Testament on 1999's "The Gathering" and 2001's "First Strike Still Deadly" record. He is also known for performing with a vast array of metal greats such as Death, Sadus, Iced Earth, Sebastian Bach and more.
"It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve DiGiorgio will be returning to Testament," the official announcement reads. "He will be joining Testament on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new Testament album. We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible."
Although the reason behind Christian's exit wasn't unveiled, the bassist did issue a follow-up comment via his personal Facebook profile, announcing future musical endeavors. "[I am] just home with my four-year-old, being Dad ... and [by the way] I'll have a musical announcement soon," he said (via Blabbermouth). "As soon as the vocals are ready ... I just don't want to say too much until I can bust it out. And it's dependent on the vocals now."
Greg was previously forced to leave Testament's North American tour with Lamb of God, citing only "personal reasons." Jack Gibson from Exodus was announced as a temporary replacement.