Yes, yes — you already knew that PHILM had signed a deal with the one and only Ipecac Records.
But did you know the band’s debut, Harmonic, drops in May? I thought you didn’t.
PHILM is a trio feature Slayer drummer Dave Lombaro alongside War bassist Pancho Tomaselli and vocalist/guitarist Gerry Nestler (Civil Defiance). But you already knew that.
“When people hear about my involvement in PHILM, they automatically assume that it will compare to Slayer’s sound,” Lombardo says.
“They couldn’t be more different. I have scaled down my drum set to a four-piece, reminiscent of the drummers from 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.
“We decided to record Harmonic in the intimate setting of a home, with various vintage recording equipment,” Lombardo waxes. “The music was written collectively in an improvisational manner, unlike the majority of recordings I’ve done before. This was very important given this is my first recording where I’m carrying the title of Producer and performer.
“The album achieves a dense, unholy convergence of tones and discords. We also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds. Our music tends to be written in a manner where we never know the outcome until we listen back to what we recorded. A Harmonic journey.”