Paul Bostaph (born March 6, 1964 in San Francisco, California) is a rock musician, who has played drums for bands such as Forbidden (originally known as Forbidden Evil), Slayer, and Testament. He is from Newark, California. Currently he is playing with Exodus.
After Dave Lombardo left the band Slayer in 1992, Paul Bostaph joined up, leaving his former band Forbidden. He completed short West Coast and European tours with Slayer, including the Castle Donnington Festival. These tour dates completed the tour cycles for the Seasons of the Abyss CD. The band took the rest of 1992 off after recording the song, Disorder with rapper Ice-T for the movie Judgement Night. During this down time Paul toured with Testament in the US for approx. 2 months. He then left the band in 1996 to concentrate on his solo project, "Truth About Seafood", a side-project from his years in the band Forbidden, then rejoined Slayer in January of 1997, but in 2001 left the band and later joined the band Exodus in 2005. Though not currently an official member, Bostaph has been touring with Testament during their 2006 reunion tour.
Downsizing For Speed
When one thinks of the quintessential Slayer drummer - whether it's Dave Lombardo, Jon Dette, or in recent years, Paul Bostaph - a mammoth drumkit is what one pictures him seated behind. But Paul Bostaph is about to change that notion. For the band's most recent effort, God Hates Us All, Bostaph decided to downsize. "I wanted to make the kit more playable for myself in terms of specific ideas I've had," he explains. "Although I like the different voices you can use, I don't feel the larger kit suits my style."
Not only has Bostaph eliminated a piece or two, he's also been a proponent of using shallower-depth toms for clarity's sake. "A long time ago," he recalls, "I started experimenting with smaller tom sizes as part of the trend. Instead of using the big, power sizes, I found that I could get a better tone out of the smaller sizes. They're not as muddy. Our music's so fast, it's nice to get a nice, tight sound, and I'll usually get that out of a smaller drum."
Bostaph learned that a slight swap in his kit configuration has also given him a chance to re-work his playing. "It's much more comfortable," he insists. "And only having two rack toms forces me to go down to the floor toms faster, so I use them more. I wanted to incorporate the floor toms more into my style anyway, so this has worked out great."