Dave Lombardo Says Internal Feuds Drove Slayer’s Aggressive Sound

In a recent interview with The Guardian, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo opened up about the band’s aggressive sound, attributing it to the internal conflicts and arguments among band members.

Lombardo’s recent comments reveal that he believes the band’s internal disputes played a crucial role in shaping Slayer’s aggressive sound that solidified their position in the genre. He explains that the band members were often at odds with one another, and this tension fueled their music, making it more intense and powerful.

He said:

“I don’t think we thought we were creating something special. I don’t think we knew what we were doing. We just knew that whatever it was, it felt good. We’re like brothers in constant battles. There are always rifts in families, so I feel that was just the nature of the band. In a lot of ways, it drove the band to be as aggressive as it was.”

Lombardo’s departure from Slayer in February 2013, just before the band was scheduled to perform at Australia’s Soundwave festival, exemplifies the ongoing internal conflicts within the band. The reason for his exit was a contract and pay dispute with other band members. While these disputes may have led to Lombardo’s eventual departure, they also contributed to the creation of the band’s electrifying and aggressive metal music.