The drummer Dave Lombardo has announced his first-ever solo album and released a song from it — an instrumental percussion voyage called “Journey of the Host.” Rites of Percussion, the album, emerges this May from the Slayer co-founder and drummer for Misfits, Mr. Bungle, Suicidal Tendencies.
To be released on his Mr. Bungle bandmate Mike Patton‘s Ipecac Recordings, Lombardo explains, “Patton originally gave me the idea [for this album] as far back as 1998. He introduced me to [Latin jazz bandleader] Tito Puente’s Top Percussion album (1958). I was already familiar with Tito and was a bit shocked that Patton was so musically diverse, and that he surrounded himself with musicians of the same mindset. That inspired me. I have had ideas that I’ve recorded on cassette over the years, but Patton kept insisting that I had to do a ‘drum album.’ So, the idea behind the album is years in the making. I just had to find the right time — for me — to do it.”
Hear “Journey of the Host” near the bottom of this post.
Lombardo continues, “When the pandemic hit, I thought, ‘Well, I can’t tour now.’ I immediately started working on the record. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. I had my studio, all my drums. Nothing was in storage for once! My home became a place where I could be free and creative. On the one hand, the touring part of my livelihood had been taken away, but on the other, I finally had the time to educate myself on different software and recording techniques. It was a very educational and gratifying experience.”
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Though it’s his first solo album, the Cuban-American Lombardo scored the Cuban metal documentary Los Últimos Frikis in 2019. One of the drummer’s newer bands, the experimental-industrial Satanic Planet, released the single “Devil in Me” in 2021.
In 1981, Lombardo launched Slayer with fellow co-founders Kerry King, Tom Araya and the late Jeff Hanneman. Slayer are considered among the “Big Four” thrash metal acts. They disbanded in 2019 after a farewell tour with then-drummer Paul Bostaph.
Pre-order Rites of Percussion, out May 5, here.
Dave Lombardo, Rites of Percussion Artwork + Track Listing
1. “Initiatory Madness”
2. “Separation From the Sacred”
3. “Inner Sanctum”
4. “Journey of the Host”
5. “Maunder in Liminality”
8. “Blood Let”