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Interview: Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo

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This has been a huge summer for Slayer. After the late 2009 release of their latest album, World Painted Blood, one of their most hard-core, powerful records to date, they also embarked on a grueling tour schedule, beginning with the “Big Four” tour featuring Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax.

slayer_mark_seligerThey then took off on the Canadian and American Carnage tours featuring the same line-up as the original, classic Clash of the Titans tour: Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. As I said, a grueling tour schedule, but that kind of commitment to their fans is what separates the men from the lads. Slayer was one of the original “Big Four” bands to introduce thrash, and speed metal — and over the years they’ve only improved upon what they started.

Dave Lombardo is still, easily, one of the best “heavy”, speed metal, drummers in the world right now. I can say that with full confidence knowing just how many other musicians have cited him, and Slayer, as a major musical influence. But even more so is the fact that there isn’t a drummer who would want to go up against him. No one would want to go head to head in a drumming competition with Dave Lombardo. Particularly when he was the reason many took up drumming in the first place.

I’ll be covering the American Carnage tour on October 1st, 2010, but first I had the opportunity to talk with Dave Lombardo about touring, as well as the song writing and studio production on the band’s latest release, World Painted Blood. He also had some good advice for new musicians who are looking for their big break. Personally, I found that Dave Lombardo’s inspiration and influence doesn’t end with his skill behind a double-bass drum kit; that’s only the beginning for this music business veteran.

This month Slayer also announced the coming release of three concert DVDs on August 17th, 2010. Designed to cover the nearly three decade career of one of America’s most celebrated and influential hardcore metal bands, the re-issue includes two out-of-print DVDs, War at the Warfield (2003) and Still Reigning (2004), as well as the first ever release of the digitally re-mastered Live Intrusion (1995). A limited edition box set, Slayer Live DVD 3-Pak, will also be available for purchase exclusively on Slayer.net

Photo: Mark Selig
Photos courtesy of Slayer

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