Greg Christian

Gregory Christian (born April 29, 1966)[1] is an American musician who is the former bassist for thrash metal band Testament. He left the band in 1996, but rejoined in 2004 and left again in 2014. In addition to Testament, Christian has also played in HavocHate and Trinity Fallen, and is currently the bassist for Trauma.

Greg Christian
Live at Hole in the Sky, Bergen Metal Fest 2007
Live at Hole in the Sky, Bergen Metal Fest 2007
Background information
Birth nameGregory Christian
Born (1966-04-29) April 29, 1966 (age 54)
OriginPleasanton, California, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, thrash metal
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1983–present
Associated actsTestament, HavocHate, Trinity Fallen, Trauma, Hand of Fire

Musical careerEdit

TestamentEdit

Christian is an original member of Testament, beginning with the band when they were still known as Legacy. Prior the release of their debut album The Legacy, Christian auditioned for Metallica as the replacement for Cliff Burton,[2] but lost to former Flotsam and Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted. He recorded many of the band's albums including The Legacy, The New Order, Practice What You Preach, Souls of Black, The Ritual, Low, The Formation of Damnation, and Dark Roots of Earth. He also played on the live albums, Live at Eindhoven, Return to the Apocalyptic City, Live at the Filmore, Live in London and Dark Roots of Thrash.[3] In 1996, Christian left Testament, but rejoined in 2004. He is known for his finger playing style and jazz-like bass parts which can be heard on songs like "Souls of Black" and "Disciples of the Watch." Christian also performed backing vocals in Testament. He left Testament for a second time in early 2014 and was replaced by Steve DiGiorgio as bassist. Christian left due to lack of band financial transparency and inequitable payments by controlling members of Testament, Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson.[4]

HavocHateEdit

Christian joined HavocHate in 2005, and recorded one album, Cycle of Pain.[5]

TraumaEdit

On June 27, 2017, it was announced that Christian had joined Trauma.[6]

Hand of FireEdit

On March 10, 2019, it was announced Christian joined Hand of Fire as their bassist, as well as Jason Borton of Jungle Rot on drums.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HOME". 420metal.com. 1966-04-29. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  2. ^ http://www.oocities.org/sunsetstrip/loge/1415/cliff.htm
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography-Testament". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.metalsucks.net/2014/07/09/former-bassist-greg-christian-makes-wasteful-spending-within-testament/
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography-HavocHate". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Former TESTAMENT Bassist GREG CHRISTIAN Joins TRAUMA". Blabbermouth.net. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.