Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo spent yesterday (Tuesday, Jun 17) at Scott Frankfurt's studio in Woodland Hills, California recording five songs and one improvised piece for a new EP from PHILM. He says: "We plan on releasing this in aproximately nine months."
In addition to Lombardo, PHILM features in its ranks guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR).
PHILM is currently seeking a suitable label to release the band's recently completed sophomore album, titled "Fire From The Evening Sun".
In an interview with Cyclic Defrost, Lombardo stated about PHILM's upcoming CD: "PHILM's first album, 'Harmonic', was a musical expression unlike any other album I've worked on. Blending structured songs and improvisations was the direction I intended to take the band. PHILM's ability to improvise and create music unlike the typical sounds that have emerged within the past 20 years is refreshing to me as an artist and drummer. As the producer of the band, I suggested for this album that we leave out the improvisations and focus on structured, concise movements. I always want to change it up and keep it fresh. As we write the third album, I'm reintroducing the double-bass drums which will take the songs to a different level."
"Harmonic" came out 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 recently joined AMEN, the band led by frontman Casey Chaos, for the recording sessions of a new studio album and a U.K. tour. The refreshed AMEN lineup — completed by John Fahnestock on bass, Duke Decter and John King on guitars — is recording the new CD with longtime producer Ross Robinson (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SEPULTURA).
Lombardo sat out SLAYER's Australian tour in February/March 2013 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.