BlogFebruary 14, 2014 3:46 PM ET

ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lambardo rips former bandmates Tom Araya, Kerry King

In a new interview with Planet Mosh, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo had some blunt criticism for ex-bandmates Tom Araya and Kerry King.

Commenting on his departure from the band, Lombardo offered:

"This could have been an easy fix. I wasn't asking for anything other than to be treated equally. I'm sure I've made mistakes along the way, but my intention was never to leave. Who would do that in the golden years of a band? Where we stand now disgusts me. Jeff [Hanneman] didn't want this — and neither did I."

On Araya's assessment that Lombardo was essentially just a member of the band and not a "partner":

"It's sickening. I left the band in '92 to be at home for the birth of my son, period. One show changed the course of this band. Tom has forgotten history... swallowed the stories that have been created throughout the years to sell tickets. If it weren't for me, Slayer would not exist. I approached Kerry [King] to start this band. Somehow they have forgotten that."

Meanwhile, Lombardo described his relationship with Hanneman prior to the guitarist's untimely death:

"I didn't see Jeff for a few months before he passed, but we had many texts and phone calls right up until [that time]. He really didn't let anyone too close to his everyday life. But when we spoke, it was like no time had passed; a lot of laughter. I couldn't ask for anything more than what my relationship was with Jeff. It was amazing."

Finally, Lombardo was critical of Araya and King with regard to the public memorial for Hanneman:

"I was shocked that Tom didn't show up to the memorial. It was uncomfortable for me to be there, given what was going on with the band, but I still showed up. I was equally shocked at Kerry's self-centered stories. None of his stories described the kind of human being Jeff was."

You can read the full interview here.


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anonymous 2/14/2014 1:03:47 PM

Kerry King sucks

steve_buscemis_eyes 2/14/2014 5:52:31 PM

lol planet mosh

anonymous 2/14/2014 6:46:25 PM

at least Lambardo and Hanneman were on good terms before Hanneman passed. not a surprise King and Araya are pricks.

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anonymous 2/15/2014 1:54:57 AM

Some bands do need tonrealizebwhen to call it quits. Slayer is one of them.

anonymous 2/15/2014 9:09:05 AM

shai hulud make me sleepy. why is this pillow here ?

SuckMeBeautiful 2/15/2014 11:07:30 AM

Kerry and Tom were laughing all the way to the bank

anonymous 2/15/2014 4:59:56 PM

Kerry King sucks but fck his daughter is hot

anonymous 2/18/2014 7:58:44 AM

lead vocalists who ride the top string of their basses are beyond stimulated at this occurance