Here’s Dave Lombardo’s Top 3 favorite SLAYER songs
Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo recently revealed his top 3 favorite songs by his former band in a new interview with Metal Hammer.
Strangely enough, Lombardo didn’t select three of SLAYER‘s well-known hits per say, but did however share his reasoning for his choices.
Dave’s first choice was the track “Captor of Sin” which is a bonus track for both the 1983 “Show No Mercy” album as well as 1985’s “Hell Awaits“. He says of the SLAYER deep cut: “The reason why is that is the first time I started to use double bass. I’m trying to get meaning here!”
Lombardo’s second choice was “Ghosts of War” from 1988’s “South of Heaven” album.
Dave says: “’Ghosts of War‘ has a breakdown in the middle of the song, where I play these particular drum rolls over Kerry [King] and Jeff [Hanneman]’s riffing. It’s a certain break, and every time I played that section and that song, it would give me the goosebumps. It would just make me feel good. Whatever it is that music does to humans, stimulates your endorphins or whatever, that song uplifted me and gave me the chills when I was playing it.”
Lombardo’s third choice comes off SLAYER‘s 2009 album “World Painted Blood” with the track “Beauty Through Order“.
He says: “I have to go with something from World Painted Blood, as that was Hanneman’s last album. ‘Beauty Through Order‘ – I remember recording that song, as the music had a natural crescendo, a natural de-crescendo too. We didn’t follow the grid and just stay metronomically correct, we went with the emotion of the song. The song started off, for example, 150bpm, but at the end of the song it was 175/180bpm, because it grew with intensity.”
He adds, “I remember sitting with Hanneman on the ‘World Painted Blood‘ tour, before he got sick, and listening to that song. We would laugh at some of the whammy bar parts that were overdubbed, it sounded like some kind of bird or something flying through the air.”
Dave Lombardo is currently active and playing with the bands DEAD CROSS, MISFITS and TESTAMENT. You can check out all three SLAYER songs below.