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DAVE LOMBARDO Explains Why MR. BUNGLE Is More Challenging On Drums Than SLAYER

"I think I play music that's a little more difficult and challenging now than Slayer."

Dave Lombardo – Main Photo – Credit Ekaterina Gorbacheva
Photo by Ekaterina Gorbacheva

Saying Dave Lombardo is talented is an understatement. Lombardo has drummed for everyone from thrash titans like Slayer and Testament, to punk rock legends like Suicidal Tendencies and Misfits, has gotten downright weird with Mr. Bungle and Dead Cross, and even shows off his chops on his most recent solo stuff.

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So could Lombardo ever go back and play some of his Slayer stuff after all these years? In an interview with Sense Music Media, Lombardo said he definitely could… but he's more interested in playing music that's a little more complex these days.

"I could still play it. I think I play music that's a little more difficult and challenging now than Slayer. Slayer's music is machine-like; it's like a locomotive — just go, go, go, go, go. Now I'm playing that, but the songs have a lot more changes. Mr. Bungle's music, it's a little more complex than what Slayer's was. And some other thrash bands I played recently with, the music has evolved to more complex rather than straightforward thrash."

"So, to answer your question, I'm totally fine. I don't have any issues with my wrists, elbows, shoulders, joints. I hope it continues, 'cause I wanna play until I'm 90. I want them to take me from the wheelchair onto the throne. I play like a fucking madman and then back to the wheelchair, back to bed. [Laughs]"

Lombardo's time in Slayer originally lasted between 1981 and 1992, and then again between 2001 and 2013. Slayer finished their career with usual Lombardo replacement Paul Bostaph as part of their lineup.

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