PHILM — the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, AMEN), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco “Pancho” Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR) — will release its sophomore album, “Fire From The Evening Sun”, on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR.
Without a doubt, every fan of hard rock and extreme metal knows the name Dave Lombardo. For nearly two decades the drummer provided the impulsive, whipping rhythm for thrash metal pioneers SLAYER, which is why fans and critics crowned him as the “godfather of double bass.” He also proved his talents outside of the strict thrash corset and cooperated with musicians like Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), GRIP INC., John Zorn, MELVINS and many more.
The newest outlet for his extraordinary creativity acts under the banner of PHILM: With his bandmates Gerry Nestler and Francisco “Pancho” Tomaselli, he has found two companions who also deny any genre restrictions.
On their new album, “Fire From The Evening Sun”, the trio acts accordingly: free and unlimited. As Lombardo states: “We tend to live on the heavy side, but we also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds.”
The estimation of frontman Gerry Nestler also emphasizes the great variety of the band: “Heavy but sensitive, powerful and atmospheric. The music of PHILM is channeled through the many different influences of drum and bass, expressionism, and underground that is indigenous to the street. ”
The result of this cooperation is a truly exceptional album that has its roots in the heavy music but stretches its branches into all possible genres. With his demanding and innovative drumming, Lombardo provides for the rhythmic base on which songs like the impulsive opener “Train”, “Blue Dragon” with its detailed guitar and bass play or the drum-‘n’-bass-influenced “Turn In The Sky” can unfold. Nestler adjusts his vocals to this varied music and masters imploring whispering or coaxing clean vocals as superior and emotional as aggressive shouting or nearly manic screaming.
PHILM pay special attention to the haunting atmosphere of their songs that evokes goose bumps over and over again. Be it the malign undertone in “Lady Of The Lake”, the dark beginning und the nearly psychedelic guitar solo of “Silver Queen” or “Corner Girl”, which closes the album in a laid-back but also sinister mood.
“Fire From The Evening Sun” track listing:
02. Fire From The Evening Sun
03. Lady Of The Lake
04. Lion’s Pit
05. Silver Queen
06. We Sail At Dawn
10. Blue Dragon
11. Turn In The Sky
12. Corner Girl