Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on the latest installment of Australia's "Blood, Sweat And Metal" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below.
Asked to elaborate on his recent comment that the current SLAYER lineup is missing a "certain magic" that the band's original formation — featuring Lombardo on drums and late Jeff Hanneman on guitar — had, Dave said: "Being… not a musical purist… I don't wanna myself that… but I appreciate certain lineups and the works that some of these musicians have done together. And I think that's what I appreciate and I embrace. The members that it took to produce that album. So, let's say, with KISS, I really liked 'Destroyer', and I also loved 'Dressed To Kill'. There's several albums that some people would not probably think, but I do, because as a unit, the album, you know, has a good feeling throughout every song. So that's what I go for. But that's my personal opinion. Some people like… What was the one album after 'Dynasty' when they got the new member? Or was it 'Dynasty'? it just wasn't the same. It was either that or I had outgrown the band. You see, that sometimes happens. Sometimes you outgrow a band and when you go back and listen to a particular album, it just doesn't appeal to you anymore, because you've evolved in what you're listening to."
Lombardo told "Let There Be Talk" podcast about the musical chemistry of the original SLAYER lineup: "I appreciate the nucleus of the band. Like [John] Bonham. When Bonham was part of [LED] ZEPPELIN. When his son [Jason] took over, oh my God. C'mon. Really? I have respect for Jason and for what he's done, but when he put a double-bass pedal on a single bass drum, that just blew it for me. It's, like, 'Really, dude? Your dad was about single bass.'
"There is a certain magic — just like with SLAYER, just like with AC/DC with Bon Scott — there's a certain magic when you have those musicians and nobody could replace that. Nobody. That's it. You can't. Yeah, SLAYER's new drummer [Paul Bostaph], yeah, a lot of fans like him. But there's that magic. It's chemistry. It's like when you meet a girl and you two get along really well, and it's like a chemistry; it's something special. Same thing with the band: you get these four guys, [and] they may hate each other, but on stage, there's magic. And that's what's missing, I personally believe."
Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).
PHILM will release its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).