This past year was a huge one for music with so many bands releasing new material it was hard to keep up, even for us here at Ghost Cult. So many legacy bands, modern classic acts, and up and comers dropped new music this year, some may wish they had waited until 2017 to drop it like it’s hot. Without further ado, here are our picks for the new tunes you need in your life in 2017. Continue reading
Experimental post-hardcore trio Philm, featuring Gerry Nestler (Civil Defiance) on vocals, guitar and piano, bassist Pancho Tomaselli (War, Project N-Fidelikah), and Venezuelan-born drummer, Anderson Quintero will release a 10” vinyl EP to launch the band’s new line-up. You can watch the new lyric video for the single ‘The Seventh Sun’ below: Continue reading
Metal legend Dave Lombardo has been tapped to play drums with the reunited lineup of The Misfits Next month at Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver. The current Misfits band includes founders Glenn Danzig, Jerrry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.
Lomardo commented on the occasion:
“The Misfits created the horror punk attitude and had a massive influence on modern rock, punk and metal,” Lombardo says. “It was an easy decision for me to join them for these monumental shows. I was honored to be asked, and am very excited to be playing with the band.”
Danzig also commented:
“I first met Dave back in 1988 when Danzig did four shows with Slayer in the U.S. before the first Danzig album was released. Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can’t wait for everyone to see him pounding Misfits songs live for these special shows.”
Jerry Only commented as well:
Lombardo is “a master at what he does. With the immensity of the two shows we’re planning together, the biggest decision we had was who is going to keep time and power this monster machine on drums? When Dave Lombardo’s name was thrown into the ring, Glenn and I were immediately on the same page from the very start; a good sign of things to come. I think the darker side of punk we created with the Misfits spawned the growth and evolution of punk into thrash, and sired bands like Metallica and Slayer, just as we inspired countless others in the punk revolution.”
In addition to his time with Slayer, Testament, Grip Inc, Fantômas and Philm, Lombardo has recently formed and recorded his debut with post-hardcore band Dead Cross band, and will also play on the forthcoming album from Suicidal Tendencies.
Riot Fest Denver takes place next weekend, September 2-4th and the Chicago edition will take place on the weekend of September .16th – 18th
Dave Lombardo has quit his affiliation with Los Angeles avant-garde trio Philm. According to rep Lombardo told Dean Delray on the Let There Be Talk podcast about his decision to quit:
“I’m not gonna talk about it. They didn’t want me to promote the band while I was with them, and I’m certainly not gonna do it when I’m without them. I don’t wanna talk about it anymore. Yeah, so I just said, ‘See ya!”
Instead Lombardo, best known for being a founding member of Slayer and work with Testament and Grip INC., will focus on his new band Dead Cross. Dead Cross features members of The Locust & Retox. Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn) recorded that band’s début, but no release information is available.
Dave Lombardo (current Philm and formerly of Slayer drummer) debuted his rhythm on canvas to the public at Forgotten Saints in West Hollywood, CA Saturday, July 11, 2015. This collection is a collaboration with Los Angeles based creativity house SceneFour, who has previously collaborated with RZA (Wu Tang Clan), Bootsy Collins and Chuck D (Public Enemy), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Page Hamilton (Helmet) and Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as previous gallery showcases with Steven Adler (Guns N Roses) and John 5 (Rob Zombie).
He appeared for an in person symposium for the public at two separate showcases, explaining each art piece which was created by being photographed in the dark using a special clear light producing drum stick, and capturing the rhythms to develop into each abstract artwork piece. Lombardo himself selected and named the dozen pieces within the collection. Each piece is numbered and signed.
Similar showings in New York and Paris (France) are in the works with announcements to come.
LA avant-garde rockers Philm got the call to open for tonight’s show and while most of the crowd were unfamiliar with their music, they definitely were not unfamiliar with the band’s centerpiece member – drummer Dave Lombardo and his powerhouse drumming style. He along with his bandmates – vocalist/guitarist Gerry Nestler and bassist Pancho Tomaselli throw down some mean riffs surrounded by Lombardo’s jazz/fusion meets punk driven drum sounds that grabbed the crowd immediately. While their music is still new to most people, they definitely won over some fans tonight.
Following a string of LA shows (with alleged appearances by Duff McKagan one night) in Orange County sounded like a tough task, but Faith No More sound ways to impress. The highly anticipated evening started their set around mostly Sol Invictus, their brand new album and disappoint they did not. Each member had their moment to shine in the spotlight, taking turns showcasing themselves to the eager Santa Ana crowd.
Fans knew the word to such tunes as ‘Motherfucker’ and ‘Superhero’ and immediately sang along as if those were longtime favorites. They fused in older favorites such as ‘Surprise! You’re Dead’ and ‘Midlife Crisis,’ with a little crowd pseudo heckling by frontman Mike Patton midway through. Patton varied up his usual stage antics and vocal stylings throughout the evening, while the crowd eating up every moment of their set time and keeping everyone on their feet.
Keyboardist Roddy Bottum and bassist Billy Gould both interacted well throughout the set with Patton, enhancing their already chaotic sound even more. Bottum handles some of the vocal duties as well as playing some acoustic guitars in spots. Gould laid down the low-end alongside drummer Mike Bordin, while guitarist Jon Hudson is quietly riffing away in the corner maintaining a low profile throughout the evening.
The classic tunes were split into two encores, one featuring ‘Epic’ and ‘Ashes To Ashes,’ and the next one covering ‘King For A Day,’ ‘We Care A Lot’ and ‘I Started A Joke,’ and the crowd definitely got their fill of classic Faith No More while hearing much of their newer material.
If this is an indication of what is to come, Faith No More may be taking the next step up that they did not hit before they went on hiatus years ago. They apparently did not miss a step over the years and time will tell if they will continue their streak of bringing high energy shows that audiences have grown to love.
Sunny Side Up
Cone of Shame
From the Dead
Surprise! You’re Dead!
(with Boz Scaggs – ‘Lowdown’ interlude)
Ashes to Ashes
King for a Day
We Care a Lot
I Started a Joke
Philm has booked some upcoming shows:
Apr 24: The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA (with Volto!)
Apr 25: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA (with Faith No More)
May 09: Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
Director Rick Kosick is streaming a seven minute video documentary about the making of Philm’s second album Fire From The Evening Sun. The band features drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), Gerry Paul Nestler (Civil Defiance) and bassist Francisco “Pancho” Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).
“Philm recorded the drum tracks for Fire From The Evening Sun at the House Of Rock studios in Santa Monica, California, the home of the late actress/singer Kathryn Grayson.
“This studio/home is amazing; it has a great vibe, which makes a comfortable working environment.
“When I was filming, I had no idea that Dave Lombardo was going to lay down all twelve drum tracks in one day. Impressive!
“What I remember from that day was that Dave was really focused, and he had this look on his face that he meant business. I’m still surprised that he didn’t tear a hole in his drumhead, because he was playing like a madman. Pancho and Gerry were both on top of their game that day as well, and three of them executed everything without any problems. I mean, what can you expect from professionals, right?
“I’m happy how everything turned out with this video, and what a great opportunity to be able to document this important process of making an album.”
Philm is a relatively new band who has attracted new fans across the music world with their eclectic yet avant-garde sound. The trio of drummer Dave Lombardo, singer/guitarist Gerry Nestler, and bassist Pancho Tomaselli are slowly venturing around the globe and playing to new audiences everywhere they can possibly hit. While touring plans are being put into place, Lombardo admits Philm has not toured enough to his liking. “Not as much as I’d like to,” he said. “I want to continue to work and tour as much as possible. Things are developing and hopefully more shows ahead of us.”
While Philm has mainly done select tour runs in Europe and South America, Lombardo has recently done drum clinics around the globe. His most recent appearance was in Brazil, where he has had huge success and a strong fan base in over the years. “Amazing. They were really, really good. Ten clinics in twelve days – a great time to connect with the Brazilian people, and enjoyed the culture and seeing all of the different cities that they have. It was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to go back. Philm is going to play in Brazil and also doing a cruise in Brazil with Sepultura. We have some shows in Chile and Argentina.”
Speaking of Sepultura, he made a guest appearance on their latest full length release The Mediator Between The Head and the Hands Is The Heart, on the track “Obsessed.” “I was at the right place at the right time. I was walking down the beach with my daughter and my dog. I texted the producer and said ‘hey Ross [Robinson] – just giving you a hello. I’m out here at the beach. I’d like to go by and say hi.’ Very, very non chalant – just something random. His reply was ‘you wanna play drums?’ I said of course. When I got there, there were two drum sets set up and all of the Sepultura guys were there. It was great. It was really nice to see them.”
Interview By Rei Nishimoto