My Prog Hero: Dave Lombardo

The legendary drummer behind PHILM, Fantomas and Slayer’s classic albums salutes The Fall Of Troy.

“My sons always expose me to new music, whether it’s Evelyn Evelyn with Amanda Palmer, The Raconteurs or Dead Weather but then five or six years ago they introduced me to a band called The Fall Of Troy. They’re a trio and when I heard them I was like, wow! I love originality and they challenged my listening, they challenged my knowledge of drumming and the connection between the patterns that the drummer uses in relation to the guitar riffs. Their album Doppelgänger was an eye-opener for me in terms of what music could be and where it was going, at least in the progressive style. It was heavy, powerful, dark and you feel like there is a lot of emotion in that music. You can tell it’s recorded live, there isn’t the help of computers - and if there is it’s minimal which I respect, that’s the way I like to record. These guys just blew me away. I have them on both my iPod and vinyl. I’m more into music that’s groove-driven, in other words it stays on a certain beat for a while. When there are too many changes and it’s too complicated, I feel like it’s showboating and I really don’t like it very much, but this band isn’t about showboating. It’s a band working together in a room and creating these patterns and guitar riffs that are unique, they’re powerful and they have soul. The guitar player [Thomas Erak], his ability to play and sing and do all this complicated music live on stage, it’s just phenomenal. I once watched a video of them in a small room practicing their songs and my mouth just dropped. Are you kidding me? Listen to how fluidly, how easily these guys play this. Seamless, and that’s impressive to me. I feel more musicians need to try to work in that environment because you feel naked. You feel stripped down to just the bare elements of music. This is music that comes from the soul and these are guys communicating in their own musical language and creating this. It’s out of this world.” PHILM’s Fire From The Evening Sun is out on UDR. Visit for more.

David West

After starting his writing career covering the unforgiving world of MMA, David moved into music journalism at Rhythm magazine, interviewing legends of the drum kit including Ginger Baker and Neil Peart. A regular contributor to Prog, he’s written for Metal Hammer, The Blues, Country Music Magazine and more. The author of Chasing Dragons: An Introduction To The Martial Arts Film, David shares his thoughts on kung fu movies in essays and videos for 88 Films, Arrow Films, and Eureka Entertainment. He firmly believes Steely Dan’s Reelin’ In The Years is the tuniest tune ever tuned.