SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo has once again reaffirmed his desire to play on the group's forthcoming studio effort, which is not expected to surface before 2004 at the earliest.
"I didn't jump in right away and say, 'OK, yeah, I wanna do this and that,' " Lombardo told MTV.com about his decision to record the next album. "I did a European tour and two U.S. tours, and I wanted to really get the vibe of how they were and if they wanted me to do the next record."
According to Dave, guitarist Jeff Hanneman was the first to tell Lombardo he should record with the band again. Then singer/bassist Tom Araya reiterated those sentiments, as did the band's management. Only guitarist Kerry King hasn't voiced a strong opinion.
"I got a couple hints here and there from Kerry, but I wasn't really sure if he wanted me," Lombardo said. "I really haven't spoken much to him about it, but I'm definitely in."
"This isn't going to be happening for a while," Lombardo reiterated. "They've taken two or three years to do records before, so I'm sure I can expect the same."
Lombardo also spoke about the prospect of recording another album with FANTÔMAS, the band fronted by former FAITH NO MORE singer Mike Patton.
"It's insane, like our first record [1999's Fantômas]," Lombardo said. "But the song's a bit longer. It's music put in a way that you feel it's unnatural, but when you listen to it time and time again, it's very natural. It's a real honor to do it."
Also in the works is a collection of solo percussion compositions, which will be released via Patton's Ipecac Recordings next year.
"For years I've been coming up with these little two-minute drum songs, and they all have their distinct little vibe to them, and they all revolve around drums and drum rhythms," he said. "It has one or two crazy drum solos, but the rest is hand percussion and synthesized drums, a whole variety. Anything that has to do with rhythms or drums or anything that sounds percussive will be on there."