Posts Tagged ‘Dave Lombardo’

Review by Jeff Maki
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The past year has been a celebration of all things Glenn Danzig. Last September, the legendary horror punk band The Misfits—featuring bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle, with help from guitarist Acey Slade and drummer Dave Lombardo—finally reunited live with Danzig on vocals for the first time in 33 years. 2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Danzig classic (and my favorite of his albums) Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and a subsequent celebratory tour also was announced. Finally, Danzig recently hosted a two-day festival version of “Blackest of the Black” (formerly a tour) May 26 and 27 in Silverado, California, that featured Danzig headlining a lineup that featured Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Vamps, Marduk, Suicide Silence and many more. Got all that? Just as the past six months have celebrated the living legend, his 11th studio album, Black Laden Crown, makes the strongest attempt of a Danzig album in years to do the same.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

slayer-bloodNearly 30 years into their career, Slayer is still going strong. Those that need proof need only take a listen to the band’s newest release, World Painted Blood, a release that continues a creative rebirth for the band that started with 2001’s God Hates Us All. (more…)

Slayer_-_Christ_IllusionThere are certain things in life that just bring a smile to my face. Ravens victories, hockey fights, Jessica Biel in a bikini and the movie Point Break are just a few things that can always make a bad day good. Added to that list is the music of thrash metal’s preeminent band, Slayer. After releasing three of the best metal albums of all-time in a row (Reign in BloodSouth of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss) the band fell off a bit in the ’90s after the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. While the band’s material in the ’90s wasn’t bad, the chemistry with drummer Paul Bostaph wasn’t the same as it had been with Lombardo and the band seemed to be waning.

However, a funny thing happened in the new millenium. Thanks to shows like Jackass and Viva La Bam, as well as the Lombardo’s return to the fold, the band has seen an unexpected surge in popularity (backed up by the fact that their new album had their highest chart debut in nearly 10 years). Christ Illusion, the band’s first batch of new material in five years, is a loud, fast punch to the face that shows that after all these years, Slayer is still the best at what they do. (more…)