Dave Lombardo (Testament, Dead Cross, ex-Slayer) has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, titled “Rites Of Percussion,” on May 5. The effort’s first single, “Journey Of The Host,” can be found below:
“Rites Of Percussion” Track Listing:
01. “Initiatory Madness”
02. “Separation From The Sacred”
03. “Inner Sanctum”
04. “Journey Of The Host”
05. “Maunder In Liminality”
08. “Blood Let”
“[Mike] Patton originally gave me the idea as far back as 1998. He introduced me to Tito Puente’s ‘Top Percussion’ album. I was already familiar with Tito and was a bit shocked that Patton was so musically diverse, and that he surrounded himself with musicians of the same mindset. That inspired me. I have had ideas that I’ve recorded on cassette over the years, but Patton kept insisting that I had to do a ‘drum album.’ So, the idea behind the album is years in the making. I just had to find the right time — for me — to do it.
When the pandemic hit, I thought, ‘Well, I can’t tour now.’ I immediately started working on the record. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. I had my studio, all my drums. Nothing was in storage for once! My home became a place where I could be free and creative. On the one hand, the touring part of my livelihood had been taken away, but on the other, I finally had the time to educate myself on different software and recording techniques. It was a very educational and gratifying experience.”
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