Dave Lombardo discusses new Slayer album

Slayer drum legend Dave Lombardo recently conducted an interview with Sun Media to talk about the progress of the new Slayer album. Check out what he had to say below:

"It's not done. There's no title. We haven't done artwork. They're only about 3/4 done mixing. But I have to say that it compares to the classics — Reign in Blood, South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss. And I wouldn't say that if I didn't mean it. [Singer-bassist Tom Araya's] vocal melody and singing approach is very listener-friendly — not in a way where people are going to say, 'Dude, they went commercial.' No way. It's just more melodic. People are scared of the word melody because maybe it sounds like a happy word. But you can have very dark, extreme music with melody. It's not something to be afraid of. There's only good music and bad music — and good music has hooks and something to carry you through and entertain you."

You can watch a brief, but ruddy exciting clip of a track from the new record below. Dave is on fine form!

To discover Dave's views on touring with Megadeth, and Slayer fans, you can read the rest of the interview here.

Chris Barnes

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