Dave Lombardo (USA)

Camera operators: Oliver Krings und Christina Ruloff / Postproduction: Christina Ruloff

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Dave Lombardo (born February 16, 1965 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban American drummer, deemed one of the most influential drummers of our time. Born with extraordinary musical aptitude, Lombardo was intuitive to rhythm at a very early age. His musical awareness continues to transcend the repetitive formula of Metal. His mentors include an eclectic array of percussion icons, such as:  Ginger Baker, Bill Ward, Tito Puente, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria & John Bonham.


Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labeled. His use of the drums have been called "astonishingly innovative" and earned him the title "The Godfather of Double Bass".


Over his career, he has had a significant influence on the metal scene and has inspired many modern metal drummers, particularly within both death metal and thrash metal. As an original & founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their groundbreaking 1986 release Reign In Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Lombardo´s music career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc., Testament, and PHILM in addition to Slayer.


Lombardo’s most recent endeavors have found him in a variety of compelling adventures.  From recording the drum tracks for Californication (Season 7) alongside the incomparable Tyler Bates, to performing amidst a 75piece orchestra by request of the esteemed composer, Christopher Young.  Lombardo is showing no signs of slowing down. 2014 promises to be one of his most provocative and inspiring years to date.


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