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Lombardo feels like Portnoy

Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo says he feels the same way about his departure as Mike Portnoy does about Dream Theater.

Both sticksmen have found themselves new challenges and say they’re enjoying a new lease of life without being too committed to one individual project.

Lombardo was fired last year after a contractual dispute and has just released his second album with Philm. Portnoy quit Dream Theater in 2011 and, despite a last-minute attempt to rejoin, he’s gone on to work with the Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, Bigelf and others.

Asked if he feels a similar satisfaction to Portnoy, Lombardo tells Rocksverige: “Absolutely. You’re not part of this machine that has to go on tour 90 days or 100 days out of the year – to pay for other people’s mortgages.

“You’re doing it for yourself, and it’s creativity based on what you like. You express yourself in many different ways and it’s definitely more satisfying and challenging too. You’re not with the same guys and the same formula; you’re challenged by walking into a room with new artists and it’s like, ‘Okay, how am I gonna make this work?’

“It’s great – I agree with Mike. It’s a whole different light when you’re out of your element.”

But that doesn’t mean there’s more uncertainty, he says. “I always know what I’m getting into – I lay down the foundation: ‘Okay, this is what I´m going to do for you. I’m going to help create these songs for you.’ I know what they want from me and I know what I can give them.”

Philm’s Fire From The Evening Sun was released last week. Slayer are currently working on their 15th album with Paul Bostaph behind the kit, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt in place of later co-founder Jeff Hanneman.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.