In a brand new interview with BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo was asked if had much interest in the violent lyrics and imagery SLAYER has always been known for.
"When you're a kid and you're rebellious, you want to shock people, and that's basically what we did," he responded. "I don't feel that way now. I feel there are other ways to gain attention through music — by musicianship. At the time, we had all these religious fanatics that were pointing at rock bands, saying that if you run the record backwards it says whatever about Satan. Come on, really — who has the time to play a record backwards?"
Asked if that side of things got old after a while, Lombardo replied: "Absolutely, yeah. It is the imagery of the band and that's what you continue — you find your niche and you go with it. Some people like to create music in that vein all the time, but I like to branch out and do other things as well."
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. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.
PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16, 2014 (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).