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  Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo's Philm Mastering Debut Album
8th January 2012

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Philm — the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (Slayer), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (Civil Defiance), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (War) — are mastering their debut album for an early 2012 release via Ipecac Recordings.

Dave says, "I can't wait for [everyone] to hear it! Looking forward to releasing it and doing selected shows around the world."

Ipecac Recordings is the brainchild of Greg Werckman (former label manager for the legendary punk label Alternative Tentacles) and Faith No More singer Mike Patton, who played with Lombardo in the eclectic supergroup Fantomas.

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Video footage of Philm performing on May 29, 2011 at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California can be viewed below.

While there are elements of Metal detected throughout Philm's sound, the band manages to also incorporate such other styles as jazz, ambient, hardcore punk, experimental, and funk into its unpredictable, cacophony-heavy style. An obvious reason for this multi-genre amalgamation can be directly linked to the gentlemen that play alongside Lombardo in Philm — Tomaselli is a longtime member of funk rockers War, and Nestler fronts prog metallists Civil Defiance. Add it all up, and you get the wonderful world of Philm.

As Lombardo himself explains, expect the unexpected from Philm. "When people hear about my involvement in Philm, they automatically assume that it will compare to Slayer's sound," he says. "They couldn't be more different. Philm's sound is almost bipolar — very unexpected of something that I would be so passionate about, and be a part of.

"I have scaled down my drum set to a four-piece, reminiscent to the drummers of the late 60s that influenced me. Each song is unique in itself, I like to refer to it as 'rhythmic emotion'. It's almost like taking all the heavy songs of the 60s and bringing that era to a modern plateau, then blending them with the modern trance and psychedelic sounds of today. When I think of Phil, that's where I go."

In an interview with AOL's Noisecreep, Nestler stated about Philm's formation; "Dave and I first got together in 1997 to start an original band. We later regrouped between Slayer's scheduled tour dates in late 2009, playing some upstairs jams at the Rainbow in Hollywood. We then decided to restart our band. Pancho had met Dave a few years back at one Dave‘s drum clinics and we decided to invite him in."

Regarding Philm's sound, Nestler said; "The music of Philm is channeled through the many different influences of drum and bass, expressionism, and underground that ranges via ancient and indigenous to street. There are many different things that Dave and I have been into that have contributed to the vision of Philm.

"Pancho's highly skilled bass playing, chordal color and shape have helped expand the overall sound instrumentation and groove. Dave Lombardo's drumming goes without comparison, except that it might be said, to quote Pancho that 'it's like playing with the seven, not four, horses of the Apocalypse behind you.'"




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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