Dave Lombardo Says Slayer Is Missing 'Certain Magic' Without Him, Compares Himself to John Bonham

"It's like when you meet a girl and you two get along really well," the drummer says.

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Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo recently compared his ex-band without him to Led Zeppelin without John Bonham, saying that a "certain magic" is clearly missing.

Asked about the whole matter by Let There Be Talk, the drummer noted, "I appreciate the nucleus of the band. Like [John] Bonham. When Bonham was part of Zeppelin. When his son [Jason] took over, oh my God. C'mon. Really? I have respect for Jason and for what he's done, but when he put a double-bass pedal on a single bass drum, that just blew it for me. It's, like, 'Really, dude? Your dad was about single bass.'

"There is a certain magic - just like with Slayer, just like with AC/DC with Bon Scott - there's a certain magic when you have those musicians and nobody could replace that," he continued. "Nobody. That's it. You can't. Yeah, Slayer's new drummer [Paul Bostaph], yeah, a lot of fans like him.

"But there's that magic. It's chemistry. It's like when you meet a girl and you two get along really well, and it's like a chemistry; it's something special. Same thing with the band: you get these four guys, [and] they may hate each other, but on stage, there's magic. And that's what's missing, I personally believe," Lombardo further explained.

During the rest of the chat, Dave discussed the financial disagreements that led to his departure from Slayer, insisting that "the band was getting shafted."

"When you do the math, it didn't make sense. You don't need a f--king college degree to do some simple mathematics. And when my attorney and I, we did the math, and we demanded the documents that were necessary to back up what my deal was about, red flags were popping up everywhere," Lombardo said (via Blabbermouth).

The drummer also discussed the tendency of Slayer songs to sound the same, saying, "So I'm playing 'Chemical Warfare,' and I think I'm in another f--king song, and I'm, like, 'Oh, f--k. I thought I was in...' That really f--ks with me. And then I'm trying to see what the guys are playing on the frets to distinguish what song ... Oh, man. That's happened to me a couple of times, and that's a little frustrating. That's when you know, for sure, that your music is starting to sound the same."

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    He was definitely the most talented member of the band.
    "That's when you know, for sure, that your music is starting to sound the same" I know all Slayer songs sound the same, but man that is just a back stab Dave
    He wasn't directly comparing himself to John Bonham - just their place in their bands. With that said, I don't think the ACDC/Bon Scott/Brian Johnson comparison fits here. ACDC simply couldn't have picked a better replacement.
    Implode was OK, but doesn't come close to World Painted Blood, let alone Seasons or Reign in Blood.
    If he thought the songs sounded the same he should have written some that sounded different.
    Not sure if he plays guitar, which is generally required to write the music of a metal song.
    because you can tell the difference between a metal, hard rock, etc. song without the drums or vocals... Not a 'True Fact'
    I do agree with him regarding Chemistry. Bostaph is no doubt a great drummer, but yeah, it's like the 'Diet Coke' analogy.
    Oh come on, Jason Bonham did a good job, and so does Paul Bostaph (at least he did last time he was in Slayer). Dave is starting to sound somewhat bitter.
    having your head up your arse because you love the smell of your own farts fits right with a band mate like kerry king...too bad 2 ego maniacs never get along. i always felt bad for tom and jeff having to put up with kerry and other d-bags like him. + i always preferred bostaph over lombardo anyways.
    Honestly, I don't see much difference between LOmbardo and Bostaph. Obviously Lombardo is the best, but Bostaph fits Slayer (cover band) really well.