Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) in an interview with Billboard tells how guitarist Jeff Hanneman introduced him to punk:
“He was a big Suicudal fan, Rocky George was one of his best friends. At first, the([other guys in the band) were kind of apprehensive. As time went on, and they saw me and Jeff singing the lyrics when we were in a van traveling up the coast of California to San Francisco, they recognized a drive in punk.”
Lombardo, who is currently playing at Dead Cross and Misfits, says that the adaptation between the three punk styles does not require special preparation from him.
"All of these styles are brewing in me, but Suicidal has a particular groove and funk and swing that’s different than Dead cross, which is just over-the-top brutal as fast as you can play. And then you have the Misfits, which is punk, but a rock 'n' roll kind of vibe. For some reason, I don't find difficult. The most difficult part is dealing with the jetlag! I mean, some of the Suicudal songs are tricky. They have these tricky little changes in parts that you have to remember. But I remember when I did that show in Brooklyn after touring for six weeks in Europe with Dead Cross, it felt like a smooth transition."
Lombardo was fired from Slayer after not playing with the band tour in Australia in February / March 2013 due to a dispute with other members of the band. Dave’s place was taken by Paul Bostaph, who was previously a Slayer drummer in 1992 to 2001 and he recorded four albums with band.