Basic Background Info
Dave Lombardo's twenty-five year career is highlighted by his time with thrash-metal outfit Slayer. Born in Havana, Cuba, Dave Lombardo's family moved to California when he was a young child. Dave Lombardo started playing drums in elementary school; he played bongo drums while listening to Santana, Led Zeppelin, and KISS. Seeing Dave Lombardo constantly consumed with music, his father bought him a drum set when Dave was ten years old. Dave Lombardo then taught himself to play along to KISS's Alive! He also briefly took drum lessons, but quickly grew weary with the repetition.
After a brief stint with disco dee-jaying, Dave Lombardo returned to rock and created hard-rock cover band Escape in 1979 with two guitarists. However, the band struggled and Dave eventually worked as a pizza delivery boy, saving his money to buy a new drum set. Not long after, Dave Lombardo met Kerry King, who invited Dave to join his new band, Slayer.
Slayer toured extensively supporting their debut album, Show No Mercy, released in 1983. After three years touring and recording, Dave Lombardo grew dissatisfied with how much money he earned and left Slayer. And although Dave returned to Slayer the following year, he left again after five years.
In 1993, Dave formed Grip Inc. with Waldemar Sorychta, Jason Viebrooks, and Gus Chambers. Their debut album, 1995's Power of Inner Strength, contained elements of Dave's aggressive double bass work. And again on Grip Inc.'s 1997 Nemesis, Dave Lombardos crushing drum work shined. Their third album, Solidify, finally ventured away from a Slayer-ish sound and toward more exotic progressive rhythms but maintained the Daveís signature intensity.
In 1998, Dave Lombardo joined Mike Patton's Fantomas. This band challenged Dave in a way Slayer never did. "Slayer doesn't even come close. Slayer was hard in a physical way, but this is physically demanding as well and requires 'feeling.'" Dave recorded five albums with Fantomas.
In 1999, Dave Lombardo worked with classical Italian musician Lorenzo Arruga and worked on drum improvisations inspired by Vivaldi. Dave also worked with Testament and DJ Spooky. Later he worked with Finnish heavy metal group Apocalyptica.
After ten years away from the band, Dave Lombardo returned to Slayer when injured Paul Bostaph left. Dave has devoted himself primarily to Slayer again; his other projects, including Grip Inc. have taken a back seat.
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