Artist Profile

The Primer: Dave Lombardo

Source: The Wire.

Drummer Dave Lombardo has recorded and performed in a surprising range of contexts, from conducted improvisation with John Zorn to electronically reshaped duels with DJ Spooky to the high-intensity post-hardcore vignettes of Mike Patton’s Fantômas, but for most listeners he’ll always be best known for his work in Slayer. His furious double bass work and ability to drive the band to greater and greater peaks of energy, particularly onstage, were a model for a generation of thrash and death metal drummers.