Forty-seven years ago today, drummer Dave Lombardo was born in Havana, Cuba. Never heard of Dave? That's okay. If you've listened to any heavy metal in the past 25 years, you've definitely heard his influence. Round about the release of Reign In Blood in 1986, Dave Lombardo became the new measuring stick for metal drummers the world over.
The reason was simple: Lombardo played heavier, more aggressively and flat-out faster than pretty much anyone had even conceived of previously. Most ear-popping of all were his trademark machine-gun bass drums.
Hard-rock drummers had been adding a second bass drum to their kits since the '60s, but Lombardo was a different beast altogether. On tracks like "Angel of Death," he rode those pedals like he was Lance Armstrong -- a pure natural that the competition just couldn't catch.