Dave Lombardo Joins AMEN
Last January, Dave Lombardo revealed that he was jamming on some new material with Casey Chaos of Amen and his then-bandmate Gary Holt, to be produced by Ross Robinson. I guess with Lombardo's split from Slayer, he fell out of touch with Holt and that project fell apart, but he clearly kept in touch with Casey and Ross because they just announced that Lombardo will be joining Casey's project Amen as the drummer on their next album and tour. Ross Robinson will be producing the album.
Speaking to Metal Hammer, Lombardo said:
"I'm very proud to have been asked to be part of this amazing production with Casey and [producer] Ross [Robinson]. My career in thrash was created from my love of the punk genre.
"It's aggressive, honest and needed. I'm looking forward to performing with Amen before returning to Europe with Philm in September."
Naturally, Casey Chaos is also excited:
"It's great to be working again with Dave, this time in Amen. He's brought so much power, aggression and passion to the music on the new record, in a way only he could only deliver.
"Without question this is the most important album I’ve ever made. I'm looking forward to unleashing it live and destroying ourselves for your pleasure!"
No word yet on when the new album is expected but here are the dates they've lined up so far:
Aug 11: Nottingham Rock City
Aug 12: Glasgow Cathouse
Aug 13: Manchester Sound Control
Aug 14: London Underworld
Aug 16: Alt Fest, Northampton
Here is a 2007 performance by Amen on the Henry Rollins show: