Dave Lombardo

Dave Lombardo

David "Dave" Lombardo(born February 16, 1965, in Havana , Cuba ) is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer . He performed with Slayer on nine albums, including their groundbreaking1986 releaseReign in Bloodand their 2006 releaseChrist Illusion, for which he received critical praise.Lombardo's music career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 35 commercial recordings extending over a number of genres with bands such as Grip Inc. , Fantômas , Philm, and Testament in addition to Slayer .Lombardo is currently a touring member of Suicidal Tendencies .Lombardo is most widely known as a very aggressive, phenomenal and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer. His use of the drums has been called "astonishingly innovative"and earned him the title "the godfather of double bass" from Drummer World.Over his career, he has had a significant influence on the metal scene and has inspired many modern metal drummers, particularly within both thrash metal and death metal .

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Early years[edit]

His musical interest was fueled immediately following his first musical performance at the age of 8; playing bongos to Santana 's "Everybody's Everything". He then joined the school band where he played the marching drum. Lombardo's father noticed his persistent interest in music at age ten and bought him a five-piece Maxwin drum set for $350. Immediately following Lombardo purchased his first record,Alive!by Kiss , to play along to. He taught himself the song "100,000 Years" by listening to the record repeatedly until he was able to play the drum solo perfectly.

With his newly discovered hobby, Lombardo asked his parents for drum lessons. His parents consented, however, the lessons lasted only one week. Lombardo quickly bored of the repetitiveness, the lessons not progressing fast enough to challenge his already unique capabilities. After leaving music lessons, Lombardo's friends exposed him to the disco genre, which appealed to his affinity for Funk, Latin and Soul. He soon became a temporary DJ for a mobile disc jockey under the name of, A Touch of Class. Not impressed with his arriving home at 4:00am most nights, his parents threatened to put him in a military school if he didn't quit. The transitory gig ceased soon after.

In 1978, Lombardo returned to playing rock music, soon befriending several like minded musicians around South Gate. Graduating from private school in eighth grade, Lombardo moved to Pius X High School. He signed up to the school talent show and performed Chuck Berry 's " Johnny B. Goode " with a guitarist named Peter Fashing. "I'll never forget the roar of the crowd during the drum solo. We brought the house down," states Lombardo, who became known as "David the drummer" the following day. Soon after, Lombardo formed a band (Escape) with two guitarists. Transferring to South Gate High School in 1979, he found a vocalist to join the band. The band performed at several events under the name Sabotage, but were unsuccessful in making an impact.

Lombardo's parents, noticing his withdrawal from everything except music, convinced him to quit the band, focus on school and find a job. Knowing her son was set on pursuing a life on the stage rather than college, Mrs. Lombardo requested that at the very least, he should complete high school. Lombardo honored his mother's wish, graduating from South Gate High School in June 1983. Immediately following, Lombardo was recommended by his Technical Drafting teacher to Diesel Energy Systems Company. Impressed with his skill, they hired him on the spot. However, by this time the young Lombardo's musical career was about to take off irreversibly.

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At the age of 16, Lombardo's friends from the Huntington Park, California based band Sinister told him about a guitar player who lived a few blocks away. Lombardo dropped by Kerry King's house to meet him. He introduced himself, mentioned he played drums and that he wanted to start a band. The pair agreed to jam and King proceeded to show Lombardo his guitar collection later that night. The two quickly realized they shared some of the same musical interests. King and Lombardo rehearsed in Lombardo's garage several times. King then introduced the drummer to another guitarist, named Jeff Hanneman. The three rehearsed several times and soon decided they needed a singer and bass player. King had earlier played with Tom Araya in a band called Quits and decided to introduce Lombardo and Hanneman to him.

With Slayer's line-up now complete, Lombardo stabbed out the now iconic logo and the band began to develop their groundbreaking sound. Soon after, Slayer recorded their debut albumShow No Mercy. In an effort to take the band to another level, Lombardo enlisted legendary producer Rick Rubin for their sophomore album. During the tour to promote their 1986 albumReign in Blood, Lombardo left the band stating "I wasn't making any money. I figured if we were gonna be doing this professionally, on a major label, I wanted my rent and utilities paid." The band enlisted Tony Scaglione of Whiplash as his replacement. Unhappy with the change, producer Rick Rubin repeatedly called Lombardo asking him to return. After refusing several times, he finally relented and decided to return in 1987. Lombardo recorded drums on the Slayer albumsSouth of Heaven(1988) andSeasons in the Abyss(1990), then parted ways with the band again in 1992. Lombardo's decision to leave Slayer was due to his desire to witness the birth of his first child. The drummer gave the band members the full nine months' notice of the pregnancy, stating he would be unable to tour the last two weeks of September. He soon received a phone call from manager, Rick Sales, stating that they were booking a festival in September regardless. Lombardo stood firm in his decision, reiterating he would not want to miss this paramount moment.

Metallica's vocalist James Hetfield searched for volunteers to replace Ulrich; Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Lombardo volunteered. Lombardo performed the songs " Battery " and " The Four Horsemen ", while Jordison performed the rest of the songs.

Slayer bassist Tom Araya said, "It's kind of right back where we started. He's an amazing performer. We took off right where we left off, you know? It's like he was never gone. He's working with Kerry on his tunes. He's helped out a lot actually!"

asserted "Christ IllusionisGod Hates Us Allwithout the memorable riffs, at least their awesome drummer Dave Lombardo shows off some chops, particularly on the raging 'Supremist.'"Don Kaye ofBlabbermouthgave the album a favorable review and praised Lombardo. Kaye wrote, "One thing's for sure: Lombardo's influence on this band is absolutely undeniable. He is simply essential to the Slayer sound. He is one of metal's all-around best drummers, perhaps the very best in the field of thrash/speed metal, and his power, style, and chops – not to mention his intangible chemistry with the rest of the group and those amazing flying feet – bring Slayer's overall performance, intensity and music to a higher level."

Lombardo recorded another album with Slayer in 2009, titledWorld Painted Blood.

He was later replaced on a permanent basis by a returning Paul Bostaph.

Grip Inc.[edit]

Following the birth of his first child in 1993, Lombardo formed Grip Inc. with Voodoocult guitarist Waldemar Sorychta. The pair recruited bassist Jason Viebrooks and vocalist Gus Chambers to complete the line-up, releasing their debut record in 1995. Entitled Power of Inner Strength, the album was distributed via California-based label Metal Blade Records. Prior to the album's release Lombardo described leaving Slayer as a career low, because he did not know what type of music to play. Allmusic reviewer Vincent Jeffries singled out Lombardo for praise on the album, remarking that Slayer fans "will enjoy the drummer's double bass work and overall aggression throughout the disc." Sorychta asserts critics and music fans always spot mistakes in their music, because of Lombardo's popularity with Slayer—they expect the band to sound like Slayer and complain. However, when Lombardo uses the double bass drum, Sorychta asserted people complain "now Grip Inc. sound exactly like Slayer."[7]

that same year, which was described as a step towards "progressive and exotic rhythms, structures , and instrumentations, while never compromising intensity" by Jeffries. Lombardo was once again praised for his drumming on the album by Jeffries, who stated his style is "expressive and technically excellent tom work on cuts like 'Bug Juice' and 'Lockdown.'"Lombardo is proud of Grip Inc. and believes it made him more creative as a musician.

. He asserted the band is on the 'back burner,' because of time taken up touring with Slayer.


Lombardo recorded four albums with the band.

It was announced in August 2014 that Fantômas was reuniting.

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to recordVivaldi – The Meeting. The seven-track album had drum improvisations on Vivaldi's work including two pieces fromThe Four Seasonscomposition. In 2000, Lombardo released a book titledDave Lombardo:Power Grooves. The book and video contained warm ups, eight, sixteen, and double bass grooves, riding the toms and more.

The year 1999 also saw Lombardo perform drumwork on the Testament albumThe Gathering, rounding off a veritable "supergroup" with Steve DiGiorgio and James Murphy . He has appeared on two albums by John Zorn :Taboo and Exile(1999) andXu Feng(2000) performing with Zorn, Bill Laswell , Fred Frith , William Winant and others. He also played in Paris with Zorn, Laswell and Frith in an improvisatonal quartet project called Blade Runner.

1999 also saw the release of avant-garde sculptor/filmmaker Matthew Barney 's "Cremaster 2", inspired by the life of Gary Gilmore . Lombardo played an epic drum solo accompanied by a swarm of angry bees on the track "The Man in Black".

Scott Peace-Miller ofGlide Magazinenoted, "Lombardo's influence is front and center in the driving, up tempo "Quantum Cyborg Drum Machine," and the almost straight-up thrash of Kultur Krieg."

. Members of Apocalyptica had approached Lombardo in 1998 at a drum clinic in the Netherlands titled "Headbangers fest",and asked if Lombardo would like to do a duo with the band, which he agreed to. Both Lombardo and Apocalyptica enjoyed playing a duo and Lombardo said to Apocalyptica : "Whenever you need a drummer, call me!". The band sent the recording tapes ofReflectionsto his home studio in California where he recorded the drums.Lombardo's later Apocalyptica contributions have consisted of playing the drums for the track "Betrayal/Forgiveness" on the 2005 albumApocalypticafor the track "Last Hope" on the 2007 albumWorlds Collideand for the track "2010" on the 2010 album7th Symphony.

In October 2009, it was announced that he had recorded a cover of " Stand by Me ", featuring Lemmy on vocals and bass, and produced by DJ and producer Baron . The song was made for legendary pro skateboarder Geoff Rowley .[citation needed]

In May 2012, Lombardo's new band, PHILM, released their debut album "Harmonic". Their highly anticipated second album, "Fire From The Evening Sun" was released in September 2014. "Fire From The Evening Sun" was met with critical praise, clearly illuminating Lombardo's fearless approach to innovation and exceptional affinity for genre-blurring. Both albums are produced by Lombardo. On January 12th, 2015, Lombardo announced that PHILM would be disbanding.

In 2014, Lombardo firmly planted his feet in the world of television and film. Currently scoring a Disney pilot, his signature sound can also be found on many other recordings, such as the Season 7 soundtrack for Californication, Dawn of the Dead (2004), and Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015).

He will be filling in for Moore again on the band's summer 2016 European tour.

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