Jon Dette

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Jon Dette
Dette performing in 2013
Dette performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Dette
Born (1970-04-19) April 19, 1970 (age 53)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active1990–present
WebsiteJon Dette on Facebook

Jon Dette (born April 19, 1970) is an American heavy metal drummer best known for his time in Slayer and Testament. Over the years, he has also been chosen to fill-in with Anthrax, Heathen, and Iced Earth. Dette also played with Evildead and Impellitteri for several years.

Early life[edit]

Dette was born in San Diego, California on April 19, 1970.[1] He started playing drums at age 14.[2] In 1984,[2] his parents got divorced. He asked both of them for a drum set, which led to him receiving two drum kits for his birthday, which he converted into a double bass kit.[3] The same birthday, his younger brother got him a copy of Anthrax's Fistful of Metal, which led him to discovering bands similar to Anthrax, such as Metallica and Slayer.[3] By 1990, Dette joined the band Apocalypse, which ended up being short-lived. Dette joined the thrash metal act Evildead in 1993.[2] With the band, he recorded a single demo, titled Terror, until his departure in 1994.[2]


Joining Testament and Slayer[edit]

In 1994, Dette received the opportunity to audition for thrash metal band Testament, following the departure of John Tempesta, who had left to join White Zombie.[2][4] With the band, he performed the touring lineup for Low, going from September 1994 till 1995, recording Live at the Fillmore. In 1996, Dette auditioned for Slayer, following Paul Bostaph's departure from the band, a goal he had set since he was 17, and eventually got the opportunity to join the band.[3] The initial offer had gone to Gene Hoglan who had just finished touring with Death, as he was a long time friend of the band, however, due to Dette's persistence and energy, they gave the gig to him.[5] With the band, he performed consistently until 1997, when he was fired from the band due to a fallout with the members at the time, which led to Bostaph returning to the band.[6] Following his departure from Slayer, he returned to Testament for the time being until he departed again. In 2000, he joined Testament once more, as a fill-in. In 2004, he joined the band HavocHate for the year.

Later career[edit]

Dette with Anthrax at Rock im Park 2014

In 2011, Dette received the call to fill-in for Heathen, a thrash metal band from California.[7] Dette filled-in for Darren Minter, who was unable to make the tour with Destruction and Warbeast.[7] In 2012, he released an album with the band Animetal USA with the album titled, Animetal USA W. Dette was then hired to play for Anthrax while Charlie Benante was forced to remain in the United States due to personal issues.[8] He performed with the band on a European fall tour supporting Motörhead.[8] Due to Benate's inability to leave the states, Dette was again asked to fill in for him on an Australian tour.[8] While on the Australia tour with Anthrax, Dette received a call from Kerry King, inquiring if he could once again fill-in for Slayer, this time replacing Dave Lombardo, outright.[9][10] Once the time with Slayer was up again, Heathen hired Dette to fill in once more for them for another European tour.[11] Later that year, Iced Earth hired Dette to play with them, covering for Raphael Saini, who had previously filled in during a tour with Volbeat.[12] The same year, Dette also formed Meshiaak with a friend named Danny Camilleri.[2] Dette toured with Iced Earth until 2015 when Brent Smedley returned to the position. Dette was once again asked to fill in for Benante on an Anthrax tour the same year. Around this time, he was officially announced to have joined Impellitteri.[13] With Impellitteri, he recorded Venom and The Nature of the Beast, before departing the band in 2018. In 2022, Dette was hired to fill-in for Jon Larsen of Volbeat after he tested positive for COVID-19.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Dette said he is not a religious person, but a spiritual one.[3] Dette is an avid exerciser, to remain in shape for performing, as well as bringing supplements on tour, which earned him teasing from Anthrax and Slayer members.[2] Dette is left-handed.[15]


Dette uses Tama Drums and uses a Starclassic Bubinga in a Dark Cherry Fade.[16]


  • Drums:
    • 22"x20" Bass Drum
    • 22"x20" Bass Drum
    • 14"x6.5" Snare Drum
    • 12"x9" Tom Tom
    • 13"x9" Tom Tom
    • 16"x14" Floor Tom
    • 18"x15" Floor Tom
  • Hardware:
    • Iron Cobra Power Glide Single Pedal (HP900P)
    • Iron Cobra Lever Glide Hi-Hat Stand (HH905)
    • 1st Chair Wide-Rider Drum Throne (HT530)




  • Apocalypse (1991–1992)
  • Animetal USA (2011–2012)
  • Evildead (1993–1994)
  • Impellitteri (2012–2018)
  • Meshiaak (2013–2017)
  • Pushed (2000–2003)
  • Slayer (1996–1997, 2013)
  • Terror
  • Testament (1994–1995, 1997, 2000)



AniMetal USA



  • Terror (1994)



  • Alliance of Thieves (2016)



  • Control By Chaos (Live At The Dynamo) (2020)


  1. ^ "Jon Dette". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dolbear, Mike (November 2016). "Interviews - Jon Dette". Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Chichester, Sammi (November 29, 2019). "Former Slayer Drummer Jon Dette On Dream-Come-True: Journey From Fan To Band Member". Revolver. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Fabricus, Jodie (September 2, 1994). "Metal Filings" (PDF). The Hard Report. No. 390. Medford, New Jersey: Hard Report, Inc. p. 42. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Hoglan, Gene (January 31, 2018). "Episode 136. Gene Hoglan Returns (Testament) // Ian Wadley". Talk Toomey Podcast. Interviewed by Joshua Toomey. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Hellqvist, Janek (January 27, 1997). "Jon Dette has left Slayer and is being replaced by Paul Bostaph!". Archived from the original on October 26, 2006. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Heathen: Quality Denver Footage Available". May 9, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "ANTHRAX Drummer Forced to Miss Australian Tour, JON DETTE To Step In". February 19, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "Drummer Jon Dette: To Be Part of the Slayer History Again Is Awesome". February 25, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  10. ^ "SLAYER Fill-In Drummer JON DETTE Interviewed By (Audio)". May 18, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  11. ^ "HEATHEN - Drummer Jon Dette to fill in". Nuclear Blast Records. May 31, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  12. ^ "ICED EARTH Taps former SLAYER/TESTAMENT Drummer Jon Dette". November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  13. ^ "Impellitteri Enlist Drummer Jon Dette For New Album - "Friends and Fans Are Going To Be Blown Away"". Brave Words. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  14. ^ "Volbeat Drops Off Show With Ghost After Drummer Tests Positive For Covid-19". January 28, 2022. Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  15. ^ Dette, Jon (November 28, 2021). "SLAYER SATURDAY DRUMMING TIPS". YouTube. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Jon Dette". Tama Drums. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  17. ^ a b "Jon Dette". Discogs. Retrieved November 5, 2021.

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