Basic Background Info

Birth: February 16, 1965
Location: Havana, Cuba
Band: Slayer, Fantomas
Genres: Metal, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



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.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1983 Show No Mercy Slayer
1984 Haunting the Chapel Slayer
1985 Hell Awaits Slayer
1985 Live Undead Slayer
1986 Reign in Blood Slayer
1988 South of Heaven Slayer
1990 Seasons in the Abyss Slayer
1991 Decade of Aggression: Live Slayer
1994 Metal Massacre, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1995 Power of Inner Strength Grip Inc.
1997 Nemesis Grip Inc.
1999 Cremaster 2 Jonathan Bepler
1999 Fantomas Fantomas
1999 Gathering Testament
1999 Music Romance, Vol. 2: Taboo & Exile John Zorn
1999 Solidify Grip Inc.
1999 Vivaldi: The Meeting Lorenzo Arruga & Dave Lombardo
2000 Xu Feng John Zorn
2001 Director's Cut Fantomas
2001 Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica Various Artists
2002 Millennium Monsterwork Fantomas + Melvins Big Band
2002 NASCAR on Fox: Crank It Up Various Artists
2003 Power of Inner Strength/Nemesis Grip Inc.
2003 Reflections Apocalyptica
2003 Soundtrack to the Apocalypse Slayer
2003 Unknown Masada John Zorn
2004 Delirium Cordia Fantomas
2004 Incorporated Grip Inc.
2004 Still Reigning Slayer
2005 Apocalyptica Apocalyptica
2005 Drums of Death DJ Spooky vs. Dave Lombardo
2005 Hechos de Metal Pro-Fe-Cia
2005 Reflections Apocalyptica
2006 Amplified: A Decade of Reinventing the Cello Apocalyptica
2006 Christ Illusion Slayer
2006 My Name Is Earl: The Album Original Soundtrack
2007 Heavy Metal Various Artists
2007 Spitfire Collection Testament
2007 Worlds Collide Apocalyptica
2007 The Unholy Alliance, Chapter II: Preaching to the Perverted Testament
2008 The Punisher: War Zone (Movie Soundtrack) The Punisher: War Zone
2009 World Painted Blood Slayer
2010 The Big Four: Live from Bulgaria Slayer
2010 7th Symphony Apocalyptica
2012 Harmonic Philm
2012 Dawn of the Dead Tyler Bates
2013 The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be Heart Sepultura


  • Dave allegedly left Slayer the second time because he wanted to take time off from touring when his first child was born and the band demanded he join them on the road.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Tama
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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