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."