The “No Limits Music Show” recently conducted an interview with SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about how his playing style was influenced by that of his predecessor, original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, Paul said: “Yeah, I’ve learned from Dave. I had to. You know, you can’t… When I joined the band way back, before ‘Divine Intervention’, they had a decade of epic records. I was a SLAYER fan. You’re not gonna win an audition if you come in and you try to play Dave Lombardo’s parts the way you think you should play them. And, as a fan, I’d probably be the first guy to throw beer at the guy [that tried to do that]. I mean, honestly, I was a SLAYER fan, and I know what being a SLAYER fan means, so to sit in the drum throne, I can’t give it any less than my best, and part of that’s to get my homework done and try as best I can to do Dave’s drum parts honor.”
Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band, rejoined SLAYER in 2013 after Lombardo was effectively fired from the band due to a contract dispute with the other members of the veteran California-based thrash metal act.
In a recent interview with Fuse, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King stated about Bostaph: “Paul, I mean, he’s a machine. I don’t worry about him at all. He never would have been out of SLAYER if he didn’t quit twice. It was never over anything personal — he was always my friend — so it was very easy for him to come back and be a part again.”
Speaking to Loudwire about Bostaph’s contributions to SLAYER’s forthcoming album, “Repentless”, King said: “I think it’s just making the unit whole, more than anything. Of course, Paul can play the shit out of the drums. I didn’t realize — and I don’t mean this in a detrimental way to Paul — I never realized Paul had so many niche SLAYER fans who are just Bostaph fans; I didn’t realize that, and a lot of people had mentioned that to me since Paul has been working on the record. And I think that’s great, ‘cause people are gonna be stoked when they hear what he did on this record. I used to say ‘God Hates [Us All]’ was his ‘Reign In Blood’ — Bostaph‘s. The new one is his ‘Reign In Blood’. The new one’s… I would play any song live.”
SLAYER’s eleventh studio album, “Repentless”, will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated “World Painted Blood” was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN.