Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo perfomed an amazing piece of music by Christopher Young called "Ghost Rider" with the Golden State Pops Orchestra at the haunted Warner Grand Theatre in Los Angeles on October 19 as part of the "Varèse Sarabande 35th Anniversary Halloween Concert Gala". It was an evening of horror movie scores performed with the chills and intensity only a 75-piece orchestra can convey.
Video footage of the "Ghost Rider" performance can be seen below.
PHILM — the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Lombardo, guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR) — released its debut album, "Harmonic", on May 15, 2012 via Ipecac Recordings.
"When people hear about my involvement in PHILM, they automatically assume that it will compare to SLAYER's sound," explained Lombardo. "They couldn't be more different. I have scaled down my drum set to a four-piece, reminiscent of the drummers from the late '60s that influenced me. Each song is unique in itself, I like to refer to it as 'rhythmic emotion.' It's almost like taking all the heavy songs of the '60s and bringing that era to a modern plateau, then blending them with the modern trance and psychedelic sounds of today."
Lombardo sat out SLAYER's Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX). Dave has since been replaced in the band by Paul Bostaph, who was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the group.