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) — is mastering its debut album for an early 2012 release via Ipecac Recordings. Davesays, “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 FANTÔMAS.
Video footage of PHILM performing on May 29, 2011 at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California can be viewed below (courtesy of Metal Assault).
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 PHILM, 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.'”
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