Chad Bowar: Slayer has a trademark sound, but each album also has things that differentiate it from previous CDs, and World Painted Blood is no exception. Is that something you focus on, or does it come naturally during the songwriting process?
Dave Lombardo: That's something that comes naturally as the songs develop. The sound (on World Painted Blood) had a lot to do with the producer and the engineer. The producer was there at the beginning of rehearsals. He showed up to listen to the band in its rawest form, which is just two half stacks, a drum set with no mikes on it and Tom with a small P.A. With that he was able to capture the band's true sound without any microphones or playing live or being masked by another engineer trying to tune the band. We were really happy with the process.
What was your selection process for choosing Greg Fidelman to produce?
He was a recommendation from Rick Rubin. If he recommends him, we're sure he's good. We're definitely happy with his choice, and we've knighted him the fifth member.
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