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Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo was recently interviewed by Shor Bazaar, Pakistan’s first international artist management services. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether it was easy for him to let go of something that he helped create when he first left SLAYER back in 1986:

Lombardo: “I’m a firm believer that if you’re not happy in a situation, you need to take yourself away from that situation. So, for me, if I feel that something is not right within the band, I have no hesitation to get up and walk away. I’m just confident that way. I take no shit. [Laughs]”

On whether he felt he was being taken for granted when he first left SLAYER almost three decades ago:

Lombardo: “It’s not [that I was being] taken for granted, it’s just I had responsibilities to meet. And if I’m playing for an organization and they’re just not paying you because you’re playing all these festivals, you’re playing all these shows, you’re on tour, and you’re not seeing any money, something’s wrong. So you just get up and walk away. And shortly after that, [SLAYER‘s then-producer] Rick Rubin was contacting me and telling me to go back to the band.”

On whether his original exit from SLAYER was partly caused by the fact that the group turned into an organization where the business became more important than the chemistry between the original members of the band:

Lombardo: “No. I feel what happened was they realized that… or at least the producer realized that each and every one of us were as important as the other, each individual member was as important as [any other member], especially in a group like SLAYER, and he wanted to see the band continue to succeed and he felt that the four original members are key to making this music sound that SLAYER was.”

On where he found the musical inspiration and the strength to leave SLAYER after spending so much time playing in the band:

Lombardo: “I’ve always been a person that has different projects and different works — I always like working with different styles of music. I released the first PHILM album in 2012, and I was still with SLAYER [at that time]. So, when things like that happen, it happens for a reason, and you just go with it. And luckily I had a band and I already had more music to release, and I felt it was important for to continue to write music and record for the fans, to show them that I wasn’t gonna go away; I’m still an artist that’s relevant. I just do what I love, and part of that is recording and writing music.”

Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.

PHILM released its sophomore album, “Fire From The Evening Sun”, on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band’s lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco “Pancho” Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).

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Drum-cam footage of SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph performing the song “Altar Of Sacrifice” during the band’s November 19 concert at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas can be seen below.

SLAYER recently returned to the studio to resume recording its new album for a tentative early 2015 release. Helming the sessions is Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on the song “Implode”, which was made available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support following SLAYER‘s surprise performance at this past April’s Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles.

Joining guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER‘s new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four and a half years.

Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band’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).

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Dominic of the program “Moshpit” on SYN 90.7 in Melbourne, Australia recently conducted an interview with vocalist Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Asked if all the drummer changes in the last ten years have affected SEPULTURA on a personal and creative level, Derrick responded: “[It's] definitely [affected us] creatively. We had to really pull together and stay focused on the music and the fact that there were so many different changes. I think in a lot of ways it’s really helped us evolve. We’ve been fortunate enough to have incredible people that were artists that we played with, and so this helps a lot. So we’ve been able to create, I think, quality albums and actually have been evolving. But we’re at a point now, in a very good phase, we’re very strong and very well connected, along with a [recod label] label [Nuclear Blast] that’s behind us, which helps tremendously. And I think it’s gone in a way where it’s helped us to stay focused, like I said, with the music, which is the most important thing, and try to forget all the drama that does happen around in this scene.But [it's really helped us] just stay focused on what’s important and what we love to do.”

Regarding how SEPULTURA keeps a balance and a connection between the music it is creating today and the band’s early records, Derrick said: “It’s certainly a different band [today] and [these are] extremely different times [to what they were 30 years ago]. The biggest difference is definitely that, with time, the music and everything is changing, the music scene, but people are changing [as well]. I mean, the band has 30 years [of history], so I would think, as an artist, you would be a failure to be exactly the same after 30 years [laughs] and not have any change. I think you wouldn’t be an artist. Being an artist is about evolving and having change and expressing that. So I think it’s been an incredible road that SEPULTURA has had, and I think it’s very unique and very special.”

SEPULTURA‘s latest album, “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Gloryhammer, the ridiculously over-the-top power metal band from Chris Bowes (or, as Alestorm calls it, “Christopher’s stupid side project”), is gearing up for a European tour in December with support from Shear and Twilight Force. If you like power metal about dragons and unicorns, or if you want to just point and laugh at Chris dressed up in a ridiculous costume, get your ass to one of these shows: 5.12 – Paris, FR – Boule Noire 6.12 – Pratteln, CH – Z7 7.12 – Brescia, IT – Colony Club 8.12 – Munich, DE – Backstage 9.12 – Frankfurt, DE – Nachtleben 10.12 – Hamburg, DE – Marx 11.12 – Berlin, DE – Maschinenhaus 12.12 – Cologne, DE – Underground 13.12 – Bochum, DE – Matrix 14.12 – Vosselaar, BE – Biebob 20.12 – London, UK – Boston Music Room

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A new Glenn Danzig song will appear on the next volume of the soundtrack to AMC‘s zombie apocalypse drama “The Walking Dead”.

During an October 27 appearance on Eddie Trunk‘s “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM‘s Hair Nation, Glenn said: “I don’t know if it’s gonna be in an upcoming episode — they wanna find a place for it there — but it’ll definitely be on the soundtrack.”

He added: “I actually wrote that song kind of just because I became a fan of the show. And I’m, like, ‘I should write a song for them and see if they wanna use it.’ And then my lawyer, Peter, was telling me about the soundtrack, and I submitted it, and they loved it.”

Glenn revealed that he was a latecomer to “The Walking Dead” show, but after watching it once, he was hooked. “I was surprised,” he said. “I watched one episode. ‘Cause someone had said, ‘You’ve gotta watch this.’ And I remember the indie comic. ‘Cause I still have my comic company. And I remember the indie comic. And I started watching it, and then I watched another episode, and I [was like], ‘Oh, I’ve gotta see all these back episodes.’ [Laughs] It’s a great show.”

“The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1″ was released in March 2013 via Universal Republic Records and featured tracks from and inspired by “The Walking Dead”. The CD peaked at number 54 on The Billboard 200 chart.

As previously reported, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will make a cameo in the second half of the fifth season of “The Walking Dead”.

Another fan of the series, former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash, recently appeared on “The Walking Dead” after-show “Talking Dead”.

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Into the cults! Svart Records branches out into book publishing with “Isten Fanzine: Don’t Break the Ghost.” Svart comments: “The monumental anthology of this heavy metal fanzine was too good to pass up. The hardcover book is published at long last on December 12, 2014. It’s a definitive marker on a trail of heavy metal fanaticism that began 30 years ago in Tampere, Finland

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Blood Harvest Records today announces December 5th as the international release date for the “Awaiting Rebirth” 10″ EP from Bones. The label also comments: “Bones started in Belgium in 2011 with Stef Aertsen, Jeroen De Pauw, and Viktor Walschaerts jamming primitive riffs influenced by old-school death metal acts.

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Four years on from the “À la lumière Des cendres” debut, Quebecois black metal band Grimoire returns with a new EP, titled “L’aorasie Des spectres rêveurs” and set for North American release on January 27th, 2015 via Eisenwald. The track listing will be as follows: 1. Tragédie Des ombres 2.

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Having recently returned from an independently booked tour of Japan, California’s destroyers of rock ‘n’ roll from The Shrine were queried about the trek by Vice’s internet music channel, Noisey.

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Infestum (black metal from Belarus) has new album “Monuments of Exalted” out now via Lacerated Enemy Records.

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